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Rachel Barton Pine - Bel Canto Paganini / Interview with 89.3 Classical WQED: Pittsburgh

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Interview with WQED's Ethan Simmons

Rachel Barton Pine recent release - Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices and other Works for Solo Violin is a musical tightrope of works that samples virtually all of the most challenging techniques possible on the violin. Pine's 35th album and third release on Avie records, marks the first time an American-born female violinist has recorded this repertoire. 

Bel Canto Paganini includes all 24 Caprices, as well as Paganini's Introduction and Variations on ‘Nel cor più non mi sento from Paisiello's La molinara; Duet for One, and Caprice d'adieu. Pine marks the profound influence Paganini's compositions have had on her by concluding the album with her own Introduction, Theme and Variations on ‘God Defend New Zealand, inspired by Paganini's legacy of creating virtuosic themes and variations.

Pine interviewed with WQED-FM: PITTSBURGH - Ethan Simmons, regarding the release and focuses on the mythicism of Niccolo Paganini. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT