Paganini at the Piano: Arrangements & Transcriptions | Grand Piano GP769

Paganini at the Piano: Arrangements & Transcriptions


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP769

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th March 2018



In the years between 1902 and 1914 some of the world’s greatest pianists published a series of works that explored the lyricism and virtuosity of Paganini’s Caprices. Busoni was the greatest figure among them, but he considered Mark Hambourg to be the greatest pianistic talent of his generation. Both Michael Zadora and Ignaz Friedman carried out inventive free transcriptions while years later the Croatian Boris Papandopulo infused the pungent flavours of mid-20th-century idioms into the genre.

Goran Filipec, recent laureate of the Grand Prix du Disque of the Ferenc Liszt Society of Budapest for his 2016 recording of Liszt’s Paganini Studies (Naxos 8573458), was born in Rijeka (Croatia) in 1981, and studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and the Zagreb Academy of Music. He is a prize-winner of several piano competitions including the Premio Mario Zanfi ‘Franz Liszt’, Concurso de Parnassos, the José Iturbi International Music Competition and the Gabala International Piano Competition. He performs regularly in Europe, the United States, South America and Japan.

‘The composer is given the honor he deserves through the absolutely brilliant playing of Goran Filipec. With the help of a superb instrument the pianist exhibits an expansive imagination, a wide spectrum of tone, and an opulent temperament.’ – Fanfare on GP681

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