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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lovely, Sinister, Elegiac, Creepy


The original LP I bought at the OCU bookstore looked like this:

But I did my own cover art when dubbing.  I also added the 25th Caprice, also called the "Farewell Caprice."

1. Andante 1:46
 2. Moderato 2:09
3. Sostenuto 2:27
4. Maestoso 5:02
5. Agitato 2:12
6. Lento 4:31
7. Posato 2:53
8. Maestoso 2:27
9. Allegretto 2:22
10. Vivace 2:04
11. Andante 3:43
12. Allegro 2:25
13. Allegro 2:17
14. Moderato 1:48
15. Posato 2:16
16. Presto 1:22
17. Sostenuto 3:02
18. Corrente 2:15
19. Lento 2:24
20. Allegretto 3:54
21. Amoroso 2:56
22. Marcato 2:10
23. Posato 2:48
24. Tema con variazione 3:56
25. Caprice d'adieu: Allegro moderato 2:56

You've probably heard some of the stories about Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840).  His life was one of fame, dissipation, and showoffery.

I have heard one or two other performances of these devilish works for solo violin.  One was a different recording by Ricci, the performer here.  But none captures the delicious deviltry in composition and floridity  as this recording.

Listen with delight!





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