Solo: Paganini's Complete Music for Solo Violin

Solo: Paganini's Complete Music for Solo Violin

by Stefan Milenkovich


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Solo: Paganini's Complete Music for Solo Violin

Of Paganini's solo violin works, the "Caprices (24)" are the most celebrated, and justly so, for this clever compendium of violin techniques is also a fantastic musical achievement on a high level. If any work demonstrates the fecundity of Paganini's imagination, his innovations and prowess, and the full range of his expression, this collection of daunting virtuoso pieces is it. Stefan Milenkovich, a maturing artist with phenomenal abilities, approaches the "Caprices" with skill and sensitivity, and produces a graceful and energetic rendition with great continuity and melodic flow. Other violinists may break continuity by pausing over difficulties, but Milenkovich's playing is practically seamless, as if multistops, chromatic runs, arpeggios, left-hand pizzicati, and octaves are nothing extraordinary to him. His intonation is rarely off, and the occasional scratchiness of his sound is forgivable in light of the impressiveness of his bowing effects and controlled articulation. The rest of the pieces on this double disc may be taken or left. The "Sonata" and the "Tema variato" have sufficient substance to rank as important works, but the remaining pieces are trifles, which Milenkovich plays well but with somewhat less concentration than in the "Caprices." Dynamic's engineering serves Milenkovich well, and the resonant acoustic helps diminish the resinous coarseness of the exposed violin sound.

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Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Dynamic Italy
UPC: 8007144604028
catalogNumber: 402/1-2
Rank: 146114


  1. Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25
  2. Sonata for violin solo in A major, MS 83
  3. Caprice d'adieu, for solo violin, MS 68
  4. Capriccio on "Nel cor più non mi sento", for violin solo in G major, Op. 38, MS 44
  5. Variations on "God Save the King", for violin & orchestra, Op. 9, MS 56
  6. Inno patriotico, allegro & 6 variations for solo violin in A major, MS 81
  7. Tema variato, theme & variations (7) for violin solo in A major, MS 82

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