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

Label:

Nimbus

Catalogue No:

NI6113

Series:

Alliance

Discs:

1

Release date:

25th Jan 2010

Barcode:

0710357611322

Length:

76 minutes

Medium:

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

Arranged by William Zinn for String Quartet


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Why on earth arrange music written specifically to explore the capabilities of a single violin for string quartet? Partly, of course, for the sheer fun of the challenge of it. Partly to make explicit the implicit harmonies and counterpoints contained within the writing. And partly, perhaps, to aid the listener to see the wood despite the trees. By spreading the virtuosity around his four players William Zinn, well known for a host of brilliant arrangements (as well as for his original compositions), reduces the risk of a performance being a solo high-wire act. It’s no longer about a single performer showing off. It’s about the notes and the music that lies between them. Zinn, it happens, is also a distinguished string player himself, having held posts in the orchestras of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. Without betraying Paganini in the least, the impression his arrangement gives is not so much a matter of arrangement but of discovery. He finds a convincing string quartet from within the original. On the surface he makes astute changes of register, adds harmonies and counterpoints, offers articulations that vary from the original, gives each instrument its fair share of the limelight. But he goes much further, illuminating Paganini’s cultural context by, for instance, finding in the third Caprice a world not too far from that of a late Beethoven quartet, or in the main body of Caprice No 18 summoning a spirit that seems positively Haydn-like. His counterpoints can be tough or simple, his harmonies dense or light, his additions sparing or extravagant, but everything he does, however far it veers from what Paganini wrote, seems perfectly appropriate both for the spirit of the original and for its exciting new idiom.

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. I in E Major: Andante: Caprice No. I in E Major: Andante

Caprice No. I in E Major: Andante: Caprice No. I in E Major: Andante

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. II in B Minor: Moderato: Caprice No. II in B Minor: Moderato

Caprice No. II in B Minor: Moderato: Caprice No. II in B Minor: Moderato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. III in E Minor: Sostenuto - Presto: Caprice No. III in E Minor: Sostenuto - Presto

Caprice No. III in E Minor: Sostenuto - Presto: Caprice No. III in E Minor: Sostenuto - Presto

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. IV in C Minor: Maestoso: Caprice No. IV in C Minor: Maestoso

Caprice No. IV in C Minor: Maestoso: Caprice No. IV in C Minor: Maestoso

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. V in A Minor: Agitato: Caprice No. V in A Minor: Agitato

Caprice No. V in A Minor: Agitato: Caprice No. V in A Minor: Agitato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. VI in G Minor: Lento: Caprice No. VI in G Minor: Lento

Caprice No. VI in G Minor: Lento: Caprice No. VI in G Minor: Lento

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. VII in A Minor: Posato: Caprice No. VII in A Minor: Posato

Caprice No. VII in A Minor: Posato: Caprice No. VII in A Minor: Posato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. VIII in E-Flat Major: Maestoso: Caprice No. VIII in E-Flat Major: Maestoso

Caprice No. VIII in E-Flat Major: Maestoso: Caprice No. VIII in E-Flat Major: Maestoso

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. IX in E Major: Allegretto: Caprice No. IX in E Major: Allegretto

Caprice No. IX in E Major: Allegretto: Caprice No. IX in E Major: Allegretto

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. X in G Minor: Vivace: Caprice No. X in G Minor: Vivace

Caprice No. X in G Minor: Vivace: Caprice No. X in G Minor: Vivace

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XI in C Major: Andante - Presto: Caprice No. XI in C Major: Andante - Presto

Caprice No. XI in C Major: Andante - Presto: Caprice No. XI in C Major: Andante - Presto

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XII in A-Flat Major: Allegro: Caprice No. XII in A-Flat Major: Allegro

Caprice No. XII in A-Flat Major: Allegro: Caprice No. XII in A-Flat Major: Allegro

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XIII in B-Flat Major: Allegro: Caprice No. XIII in B-Flat Major: Allegro

Caprice No. XIII in B-Flat Major: Allegro: Caprice No. XIII in B-Flat Major: Allegro

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XIV in E-Flat Major: Moderato: Caprice No. XIV in E-Flat Major: Moderato

Caprice No. XIV in E-Flat Major: Moderato: Caprice No. XIV in E-Flat Major: Moderato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XV in E Minor: Posato: Caprice No. XV in E Minor: Posato

Caprice No. XV in E Minor: Posato: Caprice No. XV in E Minor: Posato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XVI in G Minor: Presto: Caprice No. XVI in G Minor: Presto

Caprice No. XVI in G Minor: Presto: Caprice No. XVI in G Minor: Presto

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XVII in E-Flat Major: Sostenuto - Andante: Caprice No. XVII in E-Flat Major: Sostenuto - Andante

Caprice No. XVII in E-Flat Major: Sostenuto - Andante: Caprice No. XVII in E-Flat Major: Sostenuto - Andante

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XVIII in C major, Corrente : Allegro: Caprice No. XVIII in C major, Corrente : Allegro

Caprice No. XVIII in C major, Corrente : Allegro: Caprice No. XVIII in C major, Corrente : Allegro

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XIX in E-Flat Major: Lento - Allegro Assai: Caprice No. XIX in E-Flat Major: Lento - Allegro Assai

Caprice No. XIX in E-Flat Major: Lento - Allegro Assai: Caprice No. XIX in E-Flat Major: Lento - Allegro Assai

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XX in D Major: Allegretto: Caprice No. XX in D Major: Allegretto

Caprice No. XX in D Major: Allegretto: Caprice No. XX in D Major: Allegretto

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XXI in A Major: Amoroso: Presto: Caprice No. XXI in A Major: Amoroso: Presto

Caprice No. XXI in A Major: Amoroso: Presto: Caprice No. XXI in A Major: Amoroso: Presto

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XXII in F Major: Marcato: Caprice No. XXII in F Major: Marcato

Caprice No. XXII in F Major: Marcato: Caprice No. XXII in F Major: Marcato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XXIII in E-Flat Major: Posato: Caprice No. XXIII in E-Flat Major: Posato

Caprice No. XXIII in E-Flat Major: Posato: Caprice No. XXIII in E-Flat Major: Posato

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. XXIV in A Minor: Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Presto: Caprice No. XXIV in A Minor: Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Presto

Caprice No. XXIV in A Minor: Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Presto: Caprice No. XXIV in A Minor: Tema con Variazioni: Quasi Presto

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