After +5 years revisited, with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the AR SP15
This is a hard-to-find gem, in my collection for +40 years! Paganini the first million dollar musician; anyone who loves the violin as much as I do, should purchase this without hesitation. Accardo blows everyone away with these performances; his fingerboard is on fire. Accardo is one of the best today, if not the best. The range, tone, dynamics, and profoundness of his violin is only rivaled by a few of the greats. These performances are as the master, Paganini, would have played them.
Composer: Niccoló Paganini
Performer: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.82 GB
Nicolo Paganini is primarily a virtuoso composer who did not compose anything other than for the violin in the early 19th century. He was a true prodigy of the instrument whose ferocious and innovative style of playing frightened many of the credulent folk into thinking he was the devil. With the increasing popularity of the waltz, he along with other romantics such as Beethoven completely revolutionized the concept of violin concertos that were still then mostly in the antiquated Roccoco menuet formulas of Mozart and Haydn. The caprices are more technical excercises for this new revolutionary style and are the cornerstones of all Romantic traditions of violin including the Romantic German and, to a much lesser extent, the Polish/Klezmer tradition of Joseph Joachim.
Salvatore Accardo is an accomplished violinist who performed many times with the most reputable groups such as I Musici di Roma and the English Chamber Orchestra. He was a long-time mentor of Anne-Sofie Mutter who performed with Karajan. Despite working often with various Baroque styles, Salvatore Accardo is primarily a specialist at Paganini and the Italian Romantic period and this is the main reason this recording is one of the best you can obtain for Paganini. Charles Dutoit is also an accomplished orchestral conductor and generally works very well with Rossini whose light romantic style in his operatic overtures have overlaps with the style in Paganini’s contemporary symphonic arrangements for his violin concerti.
Accardo and Dutoit were therefore a perfect match in performing Paganini and this ablum is a great example along with their other collaborations for the composer available on single records. The music is light and joyful in its interpretation while many others tend to be heavy and sluggish. Accardo’s performance is filled with vitality as he has complete mastery over the instrument and feels at ease in his performance without ever faltering. His performance brings out the fluidity and full range of Paganini’s style very well.
|A1||Introduzione – Adagio – Larghetto – Andantino Variato – Variazioni I-III – Finale. Largamente||9:14|
|A2||Introduzione – Larghetto Cantabile – Recitativo – Con Grande Espressione – Tema. Andantino – Variazioni I-III – Coda||11:18|
|Sonata Con Variazioni Su Un Tema Di Joseph Weigl|
|B2||Introduzione – Adagio – Andante Moderato – Variazioni I-V – Coda. Presto||9:44|
|Maestosa Sonata Sentimentale|
|B3||Introduzione. Maestoso – Recitativo – Allegro Agiato – Tema. Larghetto Cantabile – Variazioni I-IV – Coda||15:29|
Analyzed folder: /192k Paganini – Violin Sonatas – Accardo, Dutoit
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.81 dB -21.86 dB A1 Sonata Napoleone.aif
DR19 -0.36 dB -24.79 dB A2 I Palpiti.aif
DR15 -2.40 dB -24.88 dB B1 Perpetuela.aif
DR17 -0.32 dB -23.31 dB B2 Sonata Con Variazioni Su Un Tema Di Joseph Weigl.aif
DR15 -0.33 dB -21.81 dB B3 Maestosa Sonata Sentimentale.aif
Number of files: 5
Official DR value: DR16
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