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Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers / Barton Pine, Hagle


Release Date: 10/19/2018 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 182  
Composer:  David Nathaniel BakerColeridge-Tayl PerkinsonWilliam Grant StillNoel DaCosta,   ... 
Performer:  Rachel Barton PineMatthew Hagle
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, “an exciting, boundary-defying performer” (Washington Post) known for her “bravura technique and soulful musicianship” (New York Times), headlines a groundbreaking album of blues-influenced classical works for violin and violin and piano by 20th and 21st century composers of African descent.

World-premiere recordings include Noel Da Costa’s ‘A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin,’ based on American fiddle tunes; Daniel Bernhard Roumain’s ‘Filter,’ which conjures the sounds of electronic dance music and psychedelic guitar; Errollyn Wallen’s ‘Woogie Boogie,’ a humorous and inventive reimaging of the boogie woogie blues dance; and
Read more Billy Childs’s ‘Incident,’ a single-movement violin sonata / tone poem written as a response to a fatal shooting by police. Another premiere is Wendall Logan’s violin and piano arrangement of Duke Ellington’s 1935 composition, ‘In a Sentimental Mood.’ The album’s title track, Dolores White’s improvisational ‘Blues Dialogues,’ draws on classical, jazz, and country music, as well as African-American vocalizations and a blues harmonic language. David N. Baker’s gospel-tinged ‘Blues (Deliver My Soul)’ evokes the ecstatic energy of a Black church service. Charles S. Brown’s ‘A Song Without Words’ was inspired by bottleneck guitar player and gospel blues master Blind Willie Johnson. Each movement of William Grant Still’s ‘Suite for Violin and Piano’ evokes the work of a different African-American visual artist. Clarence Cameron White’s ‘Levee Dance, Op. 26, No. 2,’ a favorite of violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz, surrounds a traditional African-American spiritual with a playful, syncopated dance. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s ‘Blue/s Forms’ and ‘Louisiana Blues Strut’ befit a composer with a legacy of achievements in the classical, jazz, modern dance, and pop music worlds.

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REVIEWS:

This is a superb CD, clearly one of Barton Pine’s real masterpieces. Highly recommended to any other classical violinist who wants to tackle these works, and listeners who enjoy jazz and blues-influenced classical music.

– The Art Music Lounge

This is an amazing disc. Barton Pine and partner Matthew Hagle are to be commended for such a thoughtful, gracious, and inspiring program, recorded in Cedille’s typical robust and clear sound.

– Audiophile Audition Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Blues by David Nathaniel Baker
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Modern 
2.
Blue/s Forms, for solo violin by Coleridge-Tayl Perkinson
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1972 
3.
Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk), for violin by Coleridge-Tayl Perkinson
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001 
4.
Suite for Violin and Piano by William Grant Still
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
5.
A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin by Noel DaCosta
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Nigeria 
6.
Levee Dance for violin & piano, No 2, Op 27 by Clarence Cameron White
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Modern 
7.
In a Sentimental Mood by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
8.
Blues Dialogues by Dolores White
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
9.
Woogie Boogie by Errollyn Wallen
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
10.
Incident on Larpenteur Avenue by Billy Childs
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
11.
Filter by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
12.
A Song Without Words by Charles Brown
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
13.
Blues by William Grant Still
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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