Paganini - 24 Caprices - Ruggiero Ricci (2LP)
Paganini - 24 Caprices - Ruggiero Ricci (2LP)
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Paganini - 24 Caprices - Ruggiero Ricci (2LP)
Paganini - 24 Caprices - Ruggiero Ricci (2LP)

Paganini - 24 Caprices - Ruggiero Ricci (2LP)

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Niccolò Paganini - 24 Caprices, Op.1

Ruggiero Ricci - violin

 

2 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas GmbH in Germany

Label : Analog Phonic

Original Label : Decca

Recorded at Victoria Hall, Geneva on 1-9 April 1959

Engineered by Gil Went, Roy Wallace

Produced by James Walker

Remastered by Rainer Maillard at Emil Berliner Studios from the original masters of Universal Music

Originally released in march 1960

 

Tracks:

Side A

  1. No.1 in E major "Arpeggios" (Andante)
  2. No.2 in B minor (Moderato)
  3. No.3 in E minor "Octaves" (Sostenuto – Presto – Sostenuto)
  4. No.4 in C minor "Thirds" (Maestoso)
  5. No.5 in A minor (Agitato)
  6. No.6 in G minor "The Trill / Tremolo" (Lento)

Side B

  1. No.7 in A minor (Posato)
  2. No.8 in E-flat major (Maestoso)
  3. No.9 in E major "The Hunt / La chasse" (Allegretto)
  4. No.10 in G minor (Vivace)
  5. No.11 in C major (Andante – Presto – Andante)
  6. No.12 in A-flat major (Allegro)

Side C

  1. No.13 in B-flat major "The Devil's Laughter" (Allegro)
  2. No.14 in E-flat major (Moderato)
  3. No.15 in E minor (Posato)
  4. No.16 in G minor (Presto)
  5. No.17 in E-flat major (Sostenuto – Andante)
  6. No.18 in C major (Corrente – Allegro)

Side D:

  1. No.19 in E-flat major (Lento – Allegro assai)
  2. No.20 in D major (Allegretto)
  3. No.21 in A major (Amoroso – Presto)
  4. No.22 in F major (Marcato)
  5. No.23 in E-flat major (Posato – Minore – Posato)

 

Reviews :

« Ricci’s (1959 recording of Paganini Caprices) survives as the basic and essential version. To listen yet again to his impregnable virtuosity, mercurial fire and lyrical intensity is to be reminded of what a revelation it was to hear Ricci play these Caprices on the old BBC Third Programme back in the 1950s, enabling one to understand for the first time many things which hitherto had only been glimpsed dimly from reading the music by oneself. Decca’s recording of Ricci was outstanding for 1960 and still is remarkable for its clarity, dynamic range, sheer immediacy: the music smoulders and icily glitters by turns. » - The Grammophone Magazine

 

Ratings:

Discogs : 4,33 / 5

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