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From Mozart to Metallica - Rachel Barton Pine @ St-James United Church, May 22nd

Posted by Sarah / May 23, 2008

Rachel Barton PineA wise man once told me that the best way to grow is to step outside of your comfort bubble. So when I was asked to return to the Montreal Chamber Music Festival for the Rachel Barton Pine concert, I figured it’d be a fantastic opportunity to do so.

In terms of violinists, I can’t say I’ve seen much other than the virtuoso Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), and the odd violin that ends up in Indie bands. I’m certainly not a connoisseur as far as violinists go, and even less so when it comes to classical music.

Rachel Barton Pine presented her concert From Mozart to Metallica last night at the St-James United Church. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many sounds come out of a single instrument in a single night. The talented Miss Barton Pine shows tremendous control of her instrument and passion for the music she plays, whatever style she chooses to play in. The violin is a very precise instrument that has often been compared to the human voice in terms of the wide range of emotions and subtlety in sounds it can offer. I found out last night just how true that statement is.

Some parts of the concert felt kind of tacky and as interesting as her monologues were, I didn’t enjoy the talking so much. She nevertheless performed impressive interpretations of interesting pieces: my favourite being the Mozart duo which was delightful. The trio performance of Pantera was also pretty good, but metal on violin is nothing that hasn’t been done before.

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