L’Arte della Variazione: Paganini & Beyond | Praga Digitals PRD250338

L’Arte della Variazione: Paganini & Beyond

Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: PRD250338

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 24th June 2016



It has been two centuries since Paganini, consummate violinist, wrote this piece of bravura for his own performances. It was eventually published in 1817 and was to inspire numerous variations (29 to date), ranging from low key (for solo guitar) to grandiose (for a full Straussian orchestra), some (by Schumann, Milhaud, Casella, Dallapiccola and others) now curiously forgotten. The theme has never ceased to serve as a showcase of technical prowess, the latest being Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed variations for cello and rock band (1977). Featured here are choice masterpieces - for solo piano (Liszt, 1851 and Brahms, 1863), for violin and piano (Szymanowski, 1918), for piano and orchestra (Lutoslawski, 1978 and Rachmaninov, 1934) and for symphony orchestra (Blacher,1947).

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