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Rachel Barton Pine - Mozart interview with KHFM: Albuquerque

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In connection with Mozart's birthday today - January 27, Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine debuts her AVIE records CD performing the five Mozart Violin Concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante K364 with Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The two-album set will be released January 13 and also features the recording debut of violist Matthew Lipman.

"Listening to Mozart's operas, I gained an appreciation for the drama and playfulness of his violin concertos.  They are filled with constantly changing characters – now happy, now angry and – boy – is there a lot of flirting!  Each concerto tells a story, and as the soloist, I get to be the storyteller.  I always aspire to base my interpretation within the larger context of historical research and knowledge of other pieces by that particular composer beyond the violin repertoire.  This frees me up to connect to and communicate the emotion of what I am performing," Pine adds.

Said Sir Neville about the collaboration - "She is one of the most honest of violin players I have ever heard.  And it's a great attraction in this [project], there is no utter embellishment, everything is there for a purpose and musically speaking it makes such good sense with her."