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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is a thoughtful, gracious, and inspiring program / AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

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Several years ago, Rachel Barton Pine issued a collection of classical concertos by black composers. Here, as part of her ongoing Black Composers Project, she completes the second volume in what is an interesting series. This time the focus is on the blues, a genre which has its obvious origin in black music, though the form itself has long bled into other cultural communities too. And interestingly enough, several of the pieces on this disc are so lightly connected to the blues that their composers can be said to use them only as a reference point. This is just a sampling of what you will find on this amazing disc. Barton Pine and partner Matthew Hagle are to be commended for such a thoughtful, gracious, and inspiring program, recorded in Cedille's typical robust and clear sound.

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