The Bottom Line
Violin enthusiasts and appreciators of fine music will find Rachel Barton Pine's American Virtuosa - Tribute to Maud Powell a wonderfully delightful and timeless classical music CD. With eighteen different pieces of music (all of which were part of Maud Powell's repertoire), the contrast between styles is highly enjoyable. American Virtuosa - Tribute to Maud Powell is a must have for any classical music collection.
- Fantastic selection of music (18 different pieces)
- Spectacular performances by Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Hagle
- If you don't fancy violin music, this album is not for you
- Released: June 2007
- Total Play Time: 78:45
- 1 CD, 21 Tracks
Guide Review - American Virtuosa - Tribute to Maud Powell
Violinist, Rachel Barton Pine plays eighteen different pieces of music by seventeen different composers. Each piece of music was either dedicated to or arranged by one of America's first classical music star, Maud Powell (1867-1920). Maud Powell has a long list of achievements including first violinist to make world-wide best selling albums, performed Beethoven's concerto with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Gustav Mahler
, and debuted fifteen concertos in America. Pine's performances stay true to Powell - each one is performed as closely as possible to the way Powell would have performed it. On this album you'll find works by Amy Beach, Percy Grainger, Dvorak, Sibelius, Marion Eugenie Bauer, Chopin, Carl Venth, Selim Palmgren, Coleridge-Taylor, H.P. Danks, Herman Bellstedt, Jr., Henry Holden Huss, Harry Mathena Gilbert, Cecil Burleigh, Massenet, Max Liebling, and J. Rosamond Johnson.