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BEL CANTO PA­GANINI Rachel Bar­ton Pine (vi­o­lin) ★★★★ Avie AV 2374 (2 CDs) Amer­i­can vi­olin­ist Rachel Bar­ton Pine (born 1974) stud­ied her first Pa­ganini Caprice for solo vi­o­lin at the age of 10, and she is brave enough to per­form all 24 as a set in con­cert. She also plays all the re­peats so that her new record­ing takes 99 min­utes, hence the ne­ces­sity for two CDs, al­low­ing the in­clu­sions of four ex­tra pieces, in­clud­ing a mu­si­cal tribute from her own pen. Her fo­cus is less on the wild-haired achieve­ments of a dev­il­ish vir­tu­oso than on Pa­ganini as a com­poser in­flu­enced by vo­cal and op­er­atic style. A kind of coif­fured, re­ha­bil­i­tated, spin-doc­tor tu­tored Pa­ganini, if you like. For the wild man, there’s al­ways the risk-em­brac­ing Thomas Ze­het­mair on ECM.

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