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Ms. Pine records for the first time with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner.  I found these to be among the best new performances of Mozart’s violin concertos to come our way in a while.  Also, the first complete set in several years by anyone.  I am particularly impressed with the expressiveness – not a surprise after her well-researched interpretation of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy, which followed her study in Scotland – and also the clarity of line.  Ms. Pine has recorded her own cadenzas, something of which Mozart, known for improvising on the spot, would no doubt have approved.  Sir Neville’s comment about Rachel Barton Pine:  “She is one of the most honest of violin players I have ever heard.  And it’s a great attraction in this…there is no utter embellishment, everything is there for a purpose and musically speaking it makes such good sense with her.”  In the Sinfonia Concertante, Ms. Pine also introduces violist Matthew Lipman, recipient of her REP Award, which provides services and funding for classical music education, research, performances, and artists, to benefit listeners and learners alike.

Rachel Barton Pine:  The Complete Mozart Violin Concertos (Avie Classics)
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