About this project
“The Mendelssohn is one of those fiddle war horses that every young soloist plays but few can play as beautifully as [Pine]. Without resorting to any musical distortion, she invested the thrice-familiar phrases with a lyrical grace that seemed newly minted. The commanding ease with which she applied fingers and horsehair to the breathless roulades and passage work of the finale was enough to put the crowd in her thrall …”
— Chicago Tribune chief classical music critic John von Rhein
Please help our not-for-profit organization, Cedille Records, capture and preserve the unique interpretive voice of Rachel Barton Pine, one of the greatest violinists of her generation, as she plays one of the most beloved violin concertos of all time. With your help, we will release a recording of Rachel performing the Mendelssohn and Schumann Violin Concertos with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller.
Rachel’s interpretation of the Mendelssohn concerto has already won the hearts of audiences around the world. A masterful work of lyrical depth and beauty, it is the one of most requested violin concertos in the entire repertoire. This recording pairs the Mendelssohn concerto with a lesser known concerto by Schumann, one of the great composers of the Romantic era, that has been largely neglected by historians and performers alike. Rachel had a transformative experience performing Schumann’s Violin Concerto under the direction of Maestro Christoph-Mathias Mueller with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester that inspired her desire to share her new appreciation for the work with the world.
Our Cedille recordings with Rachel of the Brahms Violin Concerto and Beethoven Violin Concerto, other masterpieces of the repertoire, have been released to widespread critical acclaim, and we expect no less from this project.
The recording will be done in Göttingen, Germany and produced by seven-time Grammy winner Steven Epstein. The majority of the funds will be raised through traditional fundraising methods. We are seeking 12.5% of the projected $80,000 budget to ensure that this project can be completed.
WHY YOUR HELP IS SO CRITICAL:
Classical music lovers will never know how Paganini or Liszt played. Their artistry has been lost to history. Tragically, the performances and interpretations of today’s artists may face the same fate.
Sales of classical recordings, especially albums that involve orchestras, rarely if ever cover their production costs. Capturing and preserving the music of today’s great artists can only be done with the generous support of donors like you. Sales of downloads and CDs cover only 20% of our expenses at Cedille Records, so we rely on charitable contributions to produce our releases.
Cedille Records is the not-for-profit label of The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation. Our mission is to enrich the lives of music lovers by promoting and supporting great artists such as Rachel. Your pledges in support of this project are fully tax-deductible.
ABOUT THE MUSIC:
Great art doesn’t always have to be created by artists who are full of angst. Mendelssohn was very happy when he composed his beloved violin concerto. To Rachel, part of what makes his violin concerto so profound is that it’s full of great joy. She first learned it and performed it with orchestras when she was 10 years old. She has performed it virtually every year since and it is one of her most requested and frequently performed concertos.
In contrast, Schumann wrote his Violin Concerto shortly before his eventual death in a sanatorium. It’s easy to fall into the musical rut of recalling the composer’s struggles in its performance; the piece was essentially unknown for nearly 80 years. A few years ago, Rachel was invited to play the Schumann Concerto with Maestro Christoph-Mathias Mueller and Göttinger Symphonie Orchester in Germany. She was moved by Mueller’s interpretation of the orchestral accompaniment and, through the collaboration, the music came to life and transcended Schumann’s despair to achieve the beauty that he must have envisioned.
THE VIOLIN'S SPECIAL CONNECTION:
Rachel will perform on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the "ex-Soldat," on generous loan from her patron. The violin was selected by Johannes Brahms for Marie Soldat (1863-1955), one of the greatest violinists of her day. Brahms introduced the young Marie Soldat to his friend, famed violinist Joseph Joachim. Joachim became her teacher and conducted her with many leading European Orchestras. He undoubtedly heard this instrument and very probably played it.
As a young man, Joachim studied in Leipzig at Mendelssohn's academy. Mendelssohn, who profoundly influenced Joachim's musical values and life's work, took a personal interst in him and laid out a comprehensive plan for his musical education. Joachim went on to become the greatest and most influential violinist of his day, serving as a leading performer, conductor, teacher and composer. He gave the third performance of the Mendelssohn violin concerto.
Joachim made his Leipzig debut in concert with Clara Schumann (wife of Robert Schumann) and Mendelssohn. Joachim became close friends with Robert Schumann and is the dedicatee of Schumann's Violin Concerto.
Rachel Barton Pine is a gifted interpreter who offers a fresh experience of the great classical works. In performance, she combines an innate gift for communication and a scholarly fascination with research. Audiences worldwide are captivated by her dazzling technique, beautiful sound, and infectious joy in music-making.
She has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, Montreal, Vienna, and Baltimore Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic, the Mozarteum, Scottish, and Israel Chamber Orchestras; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie.
Rachel often uses the public’s interest in hearing her perform a beloved composition to pair it (and reacquaint the world) with a lesser-known composition. With Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by José Serebrier, Rachel coupled Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (from 1806) with the world premiere recording of Clement’s 1805 Violin Concerto in D Major, which shed new light on Beethoven’s masterpiece. Her numerous acclaimed albums include Brahms & Joachim Violin Concertos with Carlos Kalmar and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. With the release of “The Rachel Barton Pine Collection”, Rachel became the only living artist and first woman to join the ranks of great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz by having her compositions and arrangements published as part of Carl Fischer’s “Masters Collection” series.
Cedille Records needs your help to make this groundbreaking album a reality. Your tax-deductible contribution to The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation will be an investment not only in the future of classical music, but also in the lives the music touches every day.
Risks and challenges
While the process of producing, manufacturing, and bringing to market a CD is complex, Cedille Records has an established record of success in each of these areas. To date, the company has released 132 original CDs.
Funding is most significant challenge facing this project. An exceptional team of highly-qualified individuals and organizations has been assembled. Their cost must be covered and additional funds must be raised to pay manufacturing expenses. In addition, funds to cover marketing costs must be raised to ensure the maximum visibility and impact for the recording. This Kickstarter campaign is an important part of our fundraising efforts to ensure that this project is completed.
We are confident that the personnel on this project will be successful in accomplishing our goals. Our in-house engineer has been Grammy-nominated multiple times for his work on our recordings and the quality of our product is regularly recognized in industry publications and CD reviews. We have a distribution agreement with Naxos of America, one of the largest distributors in North America, and with an expanding list of distributors throughout the world. We also distribute our recordings digitally.
Further, Steve Epstein (the producer for this album) is a multi-Grammy award winner and has been one of the world’s top producers of classical music recordings since his days as in-house producer for Sony Classical. He worked successfully with Rachel Barton Pine on a previous project and she personally requested his participation in this recording.
We have worked extensively with Rachel Barton Pine over the past 15 years. She is one of our most recorded artists. She has a longstanding professional and personal relationship with Maestro Christoph Mueller and the Gottinger Symphonie Orchester. Their shared artistic vision is what inspired this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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