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Rachel Barton Pine talks about "Violin Concertos by Black Composers Through the Centuries"

Rachel Barton Pine
Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine's new release marks the 25th anniversary of her pioneering album of works by Classical and Romantic composers of African descent. The new album features Pine's new recording of the Violin Concerto No. 2 by 20th-century American composer Florence Price with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Jonathon Heyward. The Price concerto replaces a concerto by Chevalier de Meude-Monpas, as recent research indicates the 18th-century French composer probably was not of African descent.

"Violin Concertos by Black Composers Through the Centuries" includes reissues of three performances from the earlier program, works by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, José White Lafitte and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. It's always a pleasure to speak with Rachel, and she tells us all about the history of this album.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg, Classical Host, VPM Music