Ruggiero Ricci

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Ruggiero Ricci - Romantic Violin Concertos

Ruggiero Ricci - Romantic Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet


A double-CD of Romantic Violin Concertos celebrating the art of Ruggiero Ricci, this set includes the first international release on CD of the Ricci/Boult 1952 recording of the Beethoven. Boult characterised it as ‘perhaps the most thoughtful concerto, the one which needs for the violinist to be a great man as well as a great player’. Indeed it is a thoughtful and poised reading from both soloist and conductor, coupled with classic accounts of the Mendelssohn, Bruch and Dvorak. The booklet notes by Tully Potter include a biography of Ricci and (sometimes wry!) comments by the violinist himself on the recordings.

[Beethoven] “I do not think we are likely to get a better recording for a long while” Gramophone

[Bruch] "Ricci gives very good performances indeed of both concertos; caught out nowhere, even on the margin of intonation, by their technical demands in the outer movements, he manages also to communicate both poetry and impulse to the slow movements." Gramophone

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Ruggiero Ricci - Virtuoso Violin Concertos

Ruggiero Ricci - Virtuoso Violin Concertos


Khachaturian:

Violin Concerto in D minor

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Havanaise, Op. 83

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

London Symphony Orchestra, Oivin Fjeldstad

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Scherzo in D minor

London Symphony Orchestra, Oivin Fjeldstad

Sérénade Mélancolique for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26

London Symphony Orchestra, Oivin Fjeldstad


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.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Ruggiero Ricci - Violin Sonatas

Ruggiero Ricci - Violin Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Hindemith:

Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31 No. 1

Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31 No. 2 'Es ist so schönes Wetter draussen...'

Prokofiev:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a

Carlo Bussotti (piano)

Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115

Stravinsky:

Elegy, for solo violin


Ruggiero Ricci has enjoyed a variegated and colourful discography on Decca and these recordings, are, apart from Prokofiev’s Second Violin Sonata, all comprised of music for solo violin. The Bach pieces date from 1957 London sessions and the 20th-century pieces were recorded three years later at Victoria Hall in Geneva. Tully Potter’s perceptive liner notes include material from an interview with the violinist, who offers interesting perspective on recording venues and corrects an error in the Decca discographical information about the recording of the Prokofiev Second Violin Sonata with Bussotti, which was recorded at his home in New Jersey. It makes its first release on CD, while several of the solo works are released internationally on CD for the first time.

[Prokofiev] “Ricci’s intonation is faultless throughout (which is more than can be said of many fiddlers), his tone is sweet and warm, and his technique carries him without a qualm over the most taxing difficulties… [His] elegance stands him in good stead in the Prokofiev, where his partner at the piano also distinguishes himself by some most artistic leggiero playing. The toy-like Scherzo could scarcely be bettered by any other violin-and-piano team.” Gramophone

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Paganini - Complete Caprices for violin

Paganini - Complete Caprices for violin


Paganini:

Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 Nos. 1-24 (complete)

Caprice d'adieu


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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19, etc.

Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26


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Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, etc.

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Saint-Saëns:

Havanaise, Op. 83

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28


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Ravel: Tzigane & Piano Concertos

Ravel: Tzigane & Piano Concertos


Ravel:

Tzigane

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Jacqueline Blancard (piano)

Piano Concerto in G major

Jacqueline Blancard (piano)


This release brings together Ansermet's complete Ravel concerto / concertante recordings, with the first international release on CD of Swiss pianist Jacqueline Blancard's aristocratic readings of the two Piano Concertos and Ruggiero Ricci's dare-devilry in the Tzigane.

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LP Pure, Vol. 34: Ricci Plays Paganini & Saint-Saëns

LP Pure, Vol. 34: Ricci Plays Paganini & Saint-Saëns


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Sarasate: Orchestral & Chamber Works

Sarasate: Orchestral & Chamber Works


Sarasate:

Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierino Gamba

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierino Gamba

Danza Española No. 1: Malagueña, Op. 21, No. 1

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 2: Habanera, Op. 21, No. 2

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 3: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 4: Jota Navarra, Op. 22, No. 2

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 5: Playera Op. 23 No. 1

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 7: Vito, Op. 26, No. 1

Brooks Smith (piano)

Danza Española No. 8: Habanera, Op. 26, No. 2

Brooks Smith (piano)

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Brooks Smith (piano)

Caprice Basque, Op. 24

Brooks Smith (piano)

Sérénade andalouse, Op. 28

Brooks Smith (piano)


Pablo de Sarasate was a successful Spanish composer and virtuosic violinist. His output for violin is indicative that this composer truly understood the nature and nuances of the instrument. + Many of his compositions are still a part of the standard repertoire, including the ones presented on this album. + Perhaps one of the greatest violinists of the twentieth century, Ruggeriero Ricci is best known as the first violinist to record Paganini’s 24 Carprices in their original form. These recordings were made from 1959-1961.

Istituto Discografico Italiano - IDIS6717

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Ricci’s reading of Bach’s solo violin works is stylised but compelling nonetheless. His integrity in releasing unedited performances makes the package all the more intriguing.

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