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Paganini Duos

Album Summary

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata concertata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 61, MS 2
>Paganini, Niccolò : Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A minor (Centone di sonate, Letter A/1), MS 112/1
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/2), MS 112/2
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/4), MS 112/4
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6
>Paganini, Niccolò : Tarantella, for violin & orchestra (or violin & guitar) in A minor, MS 76
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Notes & Reviews:

Pekka Kuusisto, Finland's cutting-edge violinist, is featured on this new album together with acclaimed guitarist Ismo Eskelinen. Together, they perform entertaining and unjustly neglected duo works for violin and guitar by Niccolo Paganini. Hailed by the British press as "absolutely mesmerizing" and "maybe the best thing to happen to classical music in years," (The Guardian - U.K., 16 Jan 2007), Pekka Kuusisto is acclaimed for his tone and technique, as well as for the spontaneity and freshness of his playing. His award winning recording of Sibelius's Violin Concerto (OND 878) remains a bestseller in the Ondine catalogue and was only recently listed by the BBC Music Magazine (June 2009) among the best ever renditions of this work.

Gramophone Magazine
These are exciting, imaginative performances, full of wit and character and porbably better than the music deserves...Kuusisto is cheeky, bold and unfailingly musical. Both he and Eskelinen also favour a crisp attack and lots of tonal variation...sterling entertainment.



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Works Details

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata concertata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 61, MS 2
  • Performers: Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar); Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1804

>Paganini, Niccolò : Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
  • Performers: Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar); Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A minor (Centone di sonate, Letter A/1), MS 112/1
  • Performers: Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar); Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1828

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/2), MS 112/2
  • Performers: Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar); Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/4), MS 112/4
  • Performers: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin); Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6
  • Performers: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin); Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805-1818

>Paganini, Niccolò : Tarantella, for violin & orchestra (or violin & guitar) in A minor, MS 76
  • Performers: Ismo Eskelinen (Guitar); Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto