New Release: Rachel Barton Pine Plays Elgar and Bruch

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine just released her 36th album in January. It features Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor alongside the First Violin Concerto of Max Bruch. Barton Pine is accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, led by Andrew Litton. She talks about the recording in this recent interview with Richmond Public Radio’s Mike Goldberg.

Rachel Barton Pine dedicated the album to “the memory of a musical hero and generous friend, Sir Neville Marriner.” She was to have collaborated with Marriner on the project, but he passed away in 2016. Sir Neville Marriner studied the Elgar Concerto with London Symphony concertmaster William “Billy” Reed (1875-1942), who advised Elgar during the Concerto’s composition. The work was written for, and dedicated to, Fritz Kreisler.

The Violin Concerto in B minor is filled with a sense of quiet solitude, melancholy, and nostalgia often present in Elgar’s music. You can hear this in the Andante second movement:

Recordings

Photograph by by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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