Pine and Vinikour make beautiful Bach together in UC debut

Chicago Classical Review

By John von Rhein

Music of Johann Sebastian Bach has long held a central position in the respective repertoires of violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour. But their recital Friday night at the Logan Center marked the first time these esteemed Chicago-native musicians had collaborated in music by Bach – or any composer’s music – at a major venue in their hometown.

Indeed, the concert, which concluded the season for the Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series of University of Chicago Presents, represented the UC debut of both artists.

Their program adhered to Bachian symmetry. Pine and Vinikour joined for two of the four works – Sonata in B minor (BWV 1014) and Sonata in E major (BWV 1016) for violin and keyboard – and each took the spotlight for solo Bach – the harpsichord Partita in D major (BWV 828) and the violin Partita in D minor (BWV 1004), with its monumental Chaconne.

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