Paganini: Arrangements for Violin & Piano

Paganini: Arrangements for Violin & Piano

by Philippe Quint


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Paganini: Arrangements for Violin & Piano

Fritz Kreisler's arrangements of music by Niccolò Paganini do not have the consistent conceptual basis of some of his other music. Instead, they replace Paganini's virtuoso effects with others that, one assumes, played to Kreisler's strengths. Generally speaking, they rely less on pure fire and more on exotic effects. There are three large variation sets included, and all three include remarkable passages in harmonics that replace parallel sections in the originals. Kreisler seems less fond of octaves than Paganini, and more fond of lengthy triple-stopped (and even quadruple-stopped -- hear the conclusion of "Le streghe, Op. 8," [track 6]) passages. Most of the available Kreisler recordings seem to focus on the same set of sentimental favorites, and this disc helps flesh out the legacy of this fascinating figure. It might be objected that Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint doesn't sound much like Kreisler; he tones down Kreisler's characteristic mid-tone warble. But these are lively performances in which Quint does well to sacrifice perfect tonal precision for expressivity, and he is supported by expressive playing from accompanist Dmitri Cogan. Fine acoustics from the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto are a plus. Recommended for Kreisler fans.

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Release Date: 08/31/2010
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313070374
catalogNumber: 8570703


  1. I palpiti, introduction & variations on "Di tanti palpiti" from Rossini's "Tancredi," for violin & orchestra, Op. 13, MS 77
  2. Caprice for solo violin in A minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24, MS 25/24
  3. Le streghe, variations for violin & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 8, MS 19
  4. Caprice for solo violin in D major (Allegretto), Op. 1/20, MS 25/20
  5. Caprice for solo violin in B flat major ("The Devil's Chuckle"), Op. 1/13, MS 25/13
  6. Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72
  7. Introduction and Variations on "Non più mesta" from Rossini's "La cenerentola", for violin & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 12; MS 22
  8. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ("La campanella"), Op. 7, MS 48: 3. Rondo: La campanella

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