"Four very attractive works… Ms. Barton has all the technique one could wish, but it is music she makes."
Classical New Jersey
"A journey of discovery that will afford immense pleasure from the brilliant performance by the soloist and the magnificence of the music… Barton has the supreme gift of playing virtuoso music in a way that furthers the composers’ intent and not just her own image."
International African to American Music Society Newsletter
"In one of the bolder moves in the classical music business this past year, Barton has unveiled a treasure chest of worthy material on her new album… Ms. Barton’s talent is, by now, no secret and her bow work on this album is the stuff of pre-legendary status. Her technical mastery is without question some of the best we are going to hear in our generation. When the score calls for fancy fingerwork, she has few rivals. Her crisp, enunciated delivery leaves many gasping with disbelief."
Chicago College News
"Barton brings a glowing, luxurious tone and expansive phrasing to [the concertos’] flashy passage-work. Under Daniel Hege the orchestra knocks out its accompaniments with equal fervor. Joseph Smith’s Violin Concerto in F-sharp minor is especially strong."
The Newark Star Ledger
"Barton’s luminous tone and world-class technique are especially vivid in the White concertos with all of its virtuoso licks, and she shines as a Classical stylist in the Meude-Monpas and Saint-Georges works."
"A fascinating collection of pieces deserving to be heard more than they have… Barton performs splendidly."
The Schenectady Gazette
"Barton’s sure-handed, spontaneous and highly expressive performance would be more than enough to earn her leading status in the under-30 generation of American violinists. The stylistic flexibility she displays in the rest of the album moves her to the very front of the line."
"...Music of great charm and elegance, rendered with sensitivity and stylish bravura by Barton."
"Beautifully recorded, beautifully performed… Rachel Barton’s performance is exemplary."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Chicago violinist Rachel Barton struck a rich musical lode when she went digging for obscure repertoire by black composers… Barton, 23, gives radiant new life to each forgotten composition."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
"A disc you should not miss."
..."Barton, Hege, and [the Encore Chamber Orchestra] deliver attractive and involving performances with a Mozartean mix of subtlety and power..."
"A fascinating collection... Chicago native Rachel Barton Pine, still in her early 20s, plays magnificently throughout, equal to both the demands for white-hot technique, as in the White Concerto, and for beauty of tone, as in the Coleridge-Taylor."
The Absolute Sound
"...Terrific performances; fine sound. A fascinating issue."
"Compelling scores by four little-known composers who happen to be black… Rachel Barton handles the concertos’ varied demands with unaffected aplomb, performing this music lovingly rather than dutifully."
New York Times
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