Notes & Reviews:
Rather than a Perlman-type performance remaining the aspiration of violinists, Scheid's CD should give all violinists, including those on the modern instrument, much food for thought. Scheid also has performed the cycle on the modern violin; it would be interesting to know how much he adapted his performance practice on that instrument to the lessons learned from playing the Baroque violin. Given Roger Norrington's preaching about the color and expressiveness of pure tone on the modern instrument in music of Paganini's time, something very different from Perlman's style could evolve for the caprices on the modern violin. I find it interesting that the modern violin CD of the cycle I listen to most often, that of Ilya Kaler, times out to less than a minute's difference from Scheid's. Kaler's performances are much warmer and more terraced in their effects than Perlman's, although hearing Scheid's alongside them is a little like cleaning the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Did Michelangelo really want us to see, and Paganini really want us to hear, things this way? I come down strongly on Scheid's side. By the fourth time I sat through his CD, I found Paganini's music glowing from an inner strength I rarely have experienced. Excellent sound engineering, too. Highly recommended.
Recording information: Raw Recording, Carmel, NY, USA & ConcertD Studios, Armo (2015-02-22&2015-04-06&2015-).
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- Notes: Raw Recording, Carmel, NY, USA & ConcertD Studios, Armonk, NY, USA (2015-02-22&2015-04-06&2015-)
- Running Time: 75 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: circa 1817