Lady violinist plays the blues

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:


Here’s cause for thanksgiving. The Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine has filled an album with music by Black American composers, most of them shamefully little-known. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, for instance, no relation to the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, but named after him at birth. C-T’s set of blues for solo violin strikes me as having a dual purpose of being truly enjoyable for the listener and perfect warm-up riffs for the player if Bach is too cold to start with on a winter’s morning…..

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  • An impeccable artist of the highest caliber. I remember hearing of her, and having my doubts because of the different genres of music she plays and performs…then, in the soloists’ entrance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, I teared up at the first notes having heard the most beautiful tone of my entire life…what an expressive artist!

    • Riffing on “Lady Sings The Blues”, of course.

      True, “Lady Violinist…” does sound pretty un-PC.

      I’ll go listen to the recording and let you work it out.

  • While perhaps many might find “Lady Violinist Plays The Blues” to represent Gender Shaming, I took the headline to be saying something different.

    I thought it was meant as a pun based upon the famous “Lady Sings The Blues” album made by Billie Holiday which later became the title of a film about her life starring Diana Ross.

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