The conventional view of Niccolò Paganini's 24 Caprices puts them among the encores and etudes violinists use to hone their skills and show off their prowess. But Julia Fischer regards them primarily as expressive works that are as rich in lyricism and emotional color as they are in advanced techniques, and her 2010 Decca album shows her considered approach to the music. There's no doubt about Fischer's impressive abilities, which are apparent from hearing the first Caprice, and all the trickiest double- and triple-stops, bowing styles, and various means of articulation that are included in this fantastic work reveal her phenomenal gifts. But as amazing as Fischer's performance is for sheer technique, it is highly pleasurable because of her polished musicality and firm control of every nuance that is either overt or suggested in the music. Highly recommended. (AMG)
In this elegant box-set at special price Dynamic reunites all the compositions written by Nicolò Paganini for violin and guitar - the two instruments Paganini loved the most - with the violin clearly the protagonist (with only two exceptions - the Sonata Concertata M.S. 2 and the Grande Sonata Concertata M.S. 3, where the guitar has a role of importance). The success with critics and public met by the single CDs previously released show that music lovers do not only appreciate Paganini’s Violin Concertos but also works such as these, less imposing yet captivating for their melodic inventiveness and virtuosic solo writing.
Lehar retired professionally after making money on more more than thirty successful comic operettas. He then toured Europe at his own expense producing experimental Musicals for superstar tenor Richard Tauber. PAGANINI, the first in this set, premiered in Vienna in 1925, is iconic as an early successful Musical. The scene is set near Tuscany around 1805…
By L. Wernicki
Celebrating his half-century as a Decca artist, as well as his eighty-fifth birthday, Sir Georg Solti here offers a nicely autobiographical collection of three sets of variations: the Peacock Variations of Kodaly representing his Hungarian roots, the lively Paganini Variations of Blacher a recognition of his years as German citizen, and finally a tribute to his unique Britishness in Elgar's Enigma Variations. The disc is also a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and Solti's special relationship with that orchestra, with whom he recorded these live performances in the Musikverein last April. You have only to compare this warmly expressive, subtly nuanced, and deeply felt account of the Elgar with Solti's earlier Chicago version of 1974 to appreciate not only the quality of this great Viennese orchestra, but the way in which Solti has mellowed over the last two decades.