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American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
On her album American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell, violinist Rachel Barton Pine pays wonderful homage to one of the greatest American violinists most listeners have likely never heard of. Maud Powell was a pioneer in almost every way imaginable, perhaps most notably because she was one of the first performers to attempt to bring classical music -- largely American classical music -- into the rural areas to people who would have had little or no access to such art music. She was renowned not only for her impressive technical and musical skills, but also her ability to program and deliver music in such a way so as to captivate listeners with any level of experience....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
On her album American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell, violinist Rachel Barton Pine pays wonderful homage to one of the greatest American violinists most listeners have likely never heard of. Maud Powell was a pioneer in almost every way imaginable, perhaps most notably because she was one of the first performers to attempt to bring classical music -- largely American classical music -- into the rural areas to people who would have had little or no access to such art music. She was renowned not only for her impressive technical and musical skills, but also her ability to program and deliver music in such a way so as to captivate listeners with any level of experience. Regrettably, her notoriety faded much more quickly than many of her contemporaries, such as Heifetz. Rachel Barton Pine's album features 21 short works dedicated to, transcribed by, or arranged for Powell. Each of the works has a character and personality all its own, giving listeners a little picture of what one of Powell's individually tailored recital programs would have been like. Barton Pine's performance is technically brilliant and musically engaging -- a very fitting tribute to Powell. Adding to the enjoyment is an extensive and well-written set of liner notes going into greater detail on the life and accomplishments of one of America's great, almost-forgotten "virtuosas."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Cedille
  • UPC: 735131909723
  • Catalog Number: 97
  • Sales rank: 165,816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Romance for violin & piano, Op. 23 - Amy Beach & Melanie Germond (7:35)
  2. 2 Molly on the Shore, folk song for violin & piano - Percy Grainger & Melanie Germond (3:19)
  3. 3 Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano (Gypsy Melodies), B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4) - Antonin Dvorák & Melanie Germond (1:52)
  4. 4 King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), orchestral suite, Op. 27: Musette - Jean Sibelius & Melanie Germond (1:49)
  5. 5 Up the Ocklawaha, tone picture for violin, Op. 6 - Marion Bauer & Melanie Germond (5:33)
  6. 6 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Melanie Germond (2:03)
  7. 7 Aria for violin & piano - Carl Venth & Melanie Germond (5:09)
  8. 8 May Night, for piano - Selim Palmgren & Melanie Germond (2:18)
  9. 9 Deep River, for piano (Negro Melodies), Op. 59/10 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & Melanie Germond (4:50)
  10. 10 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Melanie Germond (3:45)
  11. 11 Silver Threads Among the Gold, song for voice & piano - Hart Pease Danks & Melanie Germond (3:09)
  12. 12 Caprice on Dixie for solo violin - Herman Bellstedt & Melanie Germond (3:44)
  13. 13 Romance for violin & piano - Henry Holden Huss & Melanie Germond (5:22)
  14. 14 Marionettes, scherzo - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert & Melanie Germond (3:03)
  15. 15–18 Rocky Mountain Sketches (4), for violin & piano, Op. 11 - Cecil Burleigh & Melanie Germond (9:58)
  16. 16 Poème pastoral, songs (6) for voice & piano: Twilight (Crépuscule) - Jules Massenet & Melanie Germond (2:25)
  17. 17 Fantasia on Sousa Themes, for violin & piano - Max Liebling & Melanie Germond (7:51)
  18. 18 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - Traditional Spiritual & Melanie Germond (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachel Barton Pine Primary Artist
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