Paganini - Chamber Music for Strings | Brilliant Classics 95031

Paganini - Chamber Music for Strings


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95031

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 19th May 2017



Paganini isnít all about finger‐breaking caprices and concertos. Anyone hearing the easy‐going opening to the Sonata Concertata for violin and guitar would be forgiven for thinking they were listening to another composer entirely. But then he was so much more than the devilish virtuoso of impressive if one‐dimensional posthumous reputation: not least, an avid guitarist, in which capacity he would often delight in playing among friends (oneís sympathies go to whichever poor musician was tasked with playing the violin on such occasions).

All the works on this album of chamber music show the composerís lighter side, except perhaps the fiendish complexity of the variations on a theme from Rossiniís MosŤ in Egitto. There are three ritornelli for two violins and bass (here played on a cello) which take a Baroque form and rework it with Classical harmony into a trio of fourminute, upbeat miniatures. Six brief Preludes are like preliminary studies for the Caprices, less rhythmically and technically convoluted. The flying spiccato of the Moto perpetuo Op.11 opens a window onto Paganini the recitalist with a piece designed to leave an audience breathless with its string of semiquavers. The long‐breathed melody of the Cantabile Op.17 is touched with the kind of grace that drew admiration and esteem from Rossini and Schumann for Paganiniís compositions as much as his playing.

These artists are all familiar musicians on Brilliant Classics: the Noferini family have recorded chamber music by Martucci (BC94968) and Sgambati (BC94813; Ďnothing short of an unexpected revelationÖ razor sharp, focused, and exciting interpretationsí, according to a reviewer for Arkiv Music), and Giulio Tampalini can be heard in the music of Tarrega (BC94336), Respighi (BC95230) and Llobet (BC94335), among others.

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