For the Record, Op. 68: Rachel Barton Pine's 'Blues Dialogues'; Elicia Silverstein's 'Dreams & Fables I Fashion'

October 25, 2018, 3:48 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Rachel Barton Pine
Rachel Barton Pine. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Blues Dialogues
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Matthew Hagle, piano

This album consists of classical works for unaccompanied violin or violin and piano written by mostly 20th- and 21st-century composers of African descent. It is part of Pine's Music by Black Composers initiative, which also includes a book of sheet music called MBC Violin Volume I; a coloring book of black composers; and a timeline poster of 300+ Black classical composers. The album contains works by living composers Dolores White, Errollyn Wallen, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Charles Brown, and Billy Childs. Other composers include Duke Ellington, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and Clarence Cameron White. BELOW: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine discusses the importance and difficulties of performing works by black composers.

The Dreams & Fables I Fashion
Elicia Silverstein, violin

Violinist Elicia Silverstein, who performs on both historical and modern instruments, releases her first solo album, with repertoire spanning 400 years by Biber, Sciarrino, Pandolfi-Mealli, Berio and Bach. The album features some of the music from her London debut, at the 2015 Spitalfields Summer festival. Silverstein also was selected as a BBC Music Magazine rising star in the August issue. BELOW: Excerpts and observations about the album from Elicia Silverstein:

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