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The Paganini Connection


In 1820, an Italian violinist--then little known outside his own country--published a collection of virtuoso pieces--including one that would inspire works by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.

Paganini, who lived from 1782 to 1840, was a virtuoso violinist, with a reportedly breathtaking command of his instrument. He was so good, in fact, that he could not find enough showcase pieces to satisfy the demands of his audiences, and so he turned to writing his own.

His 24 Caprices, Op. 1, from 1820, written before he attained fame outside Italy, are still the supreme test of any great violinist. Of the 24, however, it is the final one that has attracted the most attention.

In this hour, the astonishing impact of Nicolo Paganini's 24th Caprice for Solo Violin.

 
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Play List

4:00p
4:01p
Paganini: Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: Caprice No. 24 in A Minor ; Label: Sony FindBUY
4:07p
Liszt: Grand Etudes de Paganini, #6 ; Label: Hyperion FindBUY
4:13p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Thema (Non Troppo Presto) ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:14p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 1 ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:15p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 2 ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:15p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 3 ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:16p
Brahms: Bk II, op3 Variation 4 - Poco Allegretto ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:17p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 5 ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:17p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 6 - Poco Piu Vivace ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:17p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 7 ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:18p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 8 - Allegro ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:18p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 9 ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:19p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 10 - Feroce, Energico ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:20p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 11 - Vivace ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:20p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 12 - Un Poco Andante ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:22p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 13 - Un Poco Piu Andante ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:23p
Brahms: Bk II, op 3 Variation 14 - Presto, Ma Non Troppo ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:25p
Brahms: Bk I, op 3 Variation 14 - Allegro ; Label: Virgin Classics FindBUY
4:29p
Reiner: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini ; Label: RCA FindBUY
4:53p
Reiner: Variations: 1st Variation ; Label: Philips Digital Classics FindBUY
4:55p
Benny Goodman: Caprice XXIV Paganini ; Label: HEP RECORDS; Number: 1055 FindBUY FindBUY

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