announcement that Rachel Barton Pine was going to tackle a different violin concerto each week for 24 weeks. Twenty-four weeks? And now I hear she’s layering on the complete unaccompanied Bach Sonatas & Partitas because, well, because she can. An ambitious undertaking by anyone’s definition. But all in a day’s work for this Herculean violinist who clearly must never sleep.Personally, I’m still reeling from the
Rachel’s latest venture is called RBP on JSB: The Bach Masterclasses. During her six-part bi-weekly series, she’ll work with various up-and-coming violinists from conservatories such as the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Yale University School of Music. And she’ll feature several Sphinx Laureates as well.
Rachel is certainly no stranger to Bach. At the tender age of 17, she became the youngest person to win the Gold Medal at the Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and the first American to do so. She clearly knows her way around the myriad technical challenges inherent in this masterwork. And I, for one, can’t wait to hear what she has to offer.
During the first episode, Rachel digs into Partita No. 1 in B minor, with the following young artists:
I. Allemanda – Double: Claire Arias-Kim
II. Corrente – Double (Presto): Moonhee Kim
III. Sarabande – Double: Cassidy Franzmeier
IV. Tempo di Borea – Double: Matthew Cone
The cost* is $15 per show or $60 for the entire six-part series. (Episodes will be available on demand directly following.) And for those who might be reluctant to spend money on a virtual event, revenues from the masterclass series will benefit the not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation, which assists young artists through its Instrument Loan Program and Grants for Education and Career and also runs Music by Black Composers (MBC), which works to rectify historic and ongoing racial injustices in the classical music sphere.
Here is the complete calendar for the six-part series:
March 5: Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002
March 19: Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001
April 2: Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003
April 16: Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
April 30: Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005
May 14: Partita No.3 in E major, BWV 1006
To purchase access, please visit OurConcerts.live/rbp.
* Free entry is offered to all Sphinx Laureates and participants in the Sphinx Performance Academy, as well as to the young performers playing in the masterclasses.
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