Notes & Reviews:
Ruggiero Ricci is in his element in these virtuoso concertos and showpieces, with both, the Tchaikovsky Concerto (with Sargent) and Scherzo and the Sibelius Violin Concerto being released internationally on CD for the first time. The perceptive booklet notes by Tully Potter include a biography of Ricci and (sometimes wry!) comments by the violinist himself on the recordings, and some fascinating detail on the first movement cadenza of the Khachaturian. All the recordings were made in a five-year period from 1956 (Khachaturian) to 1961 (Tchaikovsky).
He has the clean, clear-cut and effortless technique that is a prime necessity for [the Sibelius] concerto. The reading is straightforward, with no lack of intensity...Ricci is especially impressive in the Finale [of the Tchaikovsky], where the soloist's brilliance comes into its own - inspiring an electricity in Sargent's conducting which was often lacking in his studio recordings.