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Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 / Julia Fischer, violin

Album Summary

>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
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Notes & Reviews:

"Her technique, however, is not of the showy kind; the particular strength of these performances is the way each piece emerges as an example of romantic tone-painting rather than just a virtuoso showpiece. In No 6, the study in fingered tremolo, she produces a wide palette of varied tone colours; coupled to a sure grasp of the music?s trajectory, these produce an effect that?s profoundly expressive. Similarly, in the Presto episode in No 11, Fischer doesn?t go all out for brilliance but, with restrained dynamics and a playful rhythmic character, achieves a wonderfully light, airy contrast to the lyrical intensity of the outer sections. In No 15, with its sudden dynamic changes that can sound crude and unmotivated, her sensitivity results in an entirely convincing interpretation, and the arpeggios of the First Caprice, played with unusual freedom, have the air of an inspired improvisation." -Gramophone

Violinist Julia Fischer confirms her position as a foremost violin virtuoso with her assures ascent to the top of the solo violin's most demanding repertoire- Paganini's towering and challenging 24 Caprices. A true test for any violinist, these 24 miniature pieces test the very limits of technical expertise and are not for the merely proficient but only for the supremely talented.

"German superstar Julia Fischer gives a giddily virtuosic account of the 24 caprices for solo violin, making a strong case for them as proper music rather than mere ear-popping, fiendishly difficult fiddler's sparklers." -The Observer

"Fischer finds captivating solutions to the conundrum of bringing expression and character to music of hair-raising difficulty...[she] brings to this tricky music a wealth of bravura and imagination." The Telegraph, 6th August 2010 ****

"She finds a quality of inward communing that is most appealing, so you never get a sense of "display for display's sake" as one Caprice succeeds another: No 6 has extraordinary spectral beauty, Nos 20 and 22 a poetic mystique." Financial Times, 28th August 2010 ****

"...it is something of a surprise to find [Fischer] recording Paganini's notoriously showy Caprices. Less surprising is Fischer's serious treatment of these fiendishly difficult pieces as music of genuine stature, rooted in and inspired by the golden age of violin-playing (and making), the high baroque." Sunday Times, 29th August 2010 ****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: August Everding Saal, Munich, Germany (09/2008/09/2009); August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (09/2008/09/2009); August Everding Saal, Munich, Germany (2008-09-01_2008-09-05&2009-); August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (2008-09-01_2008-09-05&2009-).



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>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Performer: Julia Fischer (Violin)
  • Notes: August Everding Saal, Munich, Germany (2008-09-01_2008-09-05&2009-)
  • Running Time: 74 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817