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Instrument of the Devil

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Instrument of the Devil

  • CDR 90000 041
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    • Danse Macabre, Op. 40 (7:07)

    • CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921)

      Danse Macabre, Op. 40 (7:07)

    • I. Larghetto Affectuoso (5:16)

    • GIUSEPPE TARTINI (1692-1770)

      Sonata in G minor, "The Devils Trill" (15:57)

      I. Larghetto Affectuoso (5:16)

    • II. Tempo giusto della Scuola Tartinista (5:12)

    • II. Tempo giusto della Scuola Tartinista (5:12)

    • III. Sogni dellautore: Andante (5:25)

    • III. Sogni dellautore: Andante (5:25)

    • Mephisto Waltz (7:21)

    • FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) / tr. Milstein

      Mephisto Waltz (7:21)

    • Round of the Goblins, Op. 25 (5:05)

    • ANTONIO BAZZINI (1818-1897)

      Round of the Goblins, Op. 25 (5:05)

    • Dream of a Witches Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 (10:51)

    • HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869) / tr. Barton-Sinozich

      Dream of a Witches Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 (10:51)

    • Dance of Terror from El Amor Brujo (2:11)

    • MANUEL DE FALLA (1876-1946) / tr. Kochanski

      Dance of Terror from El Amor Brujo (2:11)

    • Grand Caprice on Schuberts Der Erlkonig, Op. 26 (4:11)

    • HEINRICH WILHELM ERNST (1814-1865)

      Grand Caprice on Schuberts Der Erlkonig, Op. 26 (4:11)

    • The Witches, Op. 8 (10:02)

    • NICOLO PAGANINI (1782-1840)

      The Witches, Op. 8 (10:02)

    • The Devils Dance from L Histoire du Soldat (trio version) (1:21)

    • IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)

      The Devils Dance from L Histoire du Soldat (trio version) (1:21)

    • Faust Fantasy (13:30)

    • PABLO SARASATE (1844-1908)

      Faust Fantasy (13:30)

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On Instrument of the Devil, gifted young violinist Rachel Barton Pine displays her technical prowess and the instrument's emotional range in an unusual, virtuosic program that, in her words, offers listeners something other than "the usual potpourri of encores."

This CD explores the mythic and frequent literary associations of the violin with death the Devil, inspired in part by pianist Earl Wild's recording of Liszt's music on diabolical themes (The Demonic Liszt), Miss Barton says. An essay by musicologist Todd E. Sullivan of Indiana State University traces the origins of the violin's otherworldly associations back to ancient Greek religious cults, who identified musical instruments with deities and their ethical attributes. By the 1500s, violins were linked with dancing, an activity denounced by religious conservatives. Tales of demonically endowed fiddle players first emerged during the 17th century -- an image that endures in today's pop culture.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 78:30

Recorded: March-July, 1998 at WFMT Chicago
Producers: James Ginsburg & Sibbi Bernhardsson
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Production Assistant: David Dieckmann
Cover Photography: Nesha & Kumiko Fotodesign
Design: Cheryl A Boncuore
Notes: Todd E. Sullivan

© 1998 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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