Tanja Becker-Bender: Paganini: 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 (FLAC)
Tanja Becker-Bender: Paganini: 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 (FLAC)

Performer: Tanja Becker-Bender
Composer: Niccolo Paganini
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Hyperion
Size: 394 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 1 in E major. Andante
02. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 2 in B minor. Moderato
03. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 3 in E minor. Sostenuto – Presto
04. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 4 in C minor. Maestoso
05. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 5 in A minor. Agitato
06. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 6 in G minor. [Adagio]
07. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 7 in A minor. Posato
08. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 8 in E flat major. Maestoso
09. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 9 in E major. Allegretto
10. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 10 in G minor. Vivace
11. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 11 in C major. Andante – Presto
12. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 12 in A flat major. Allegro
13. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 13 in B flat major. Allegro
14. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 14 in E flat major. Moderato
15. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 15 in E minor. Posato
16. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 16 in G minor. Presto
17. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 17 in E flat major. Sostenuto – Andante
18. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 18 in C major. Corrente: Allegro
19. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 19 in E flat major. Lento – Allegro assai
20. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 20 in D major. Allegretto
21. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 21 in A major. Amoroso
22. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 22 in F major. Marcato
23. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 23 in E flat major. Posato
24. Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 24 in A minor. Tema con variazioni: Quasi presto

This is a remarkable performance by a newcomer

I had not heard of Tanya Bender-Becker before. Apparently she is a young German violinist and this is her debut solo CD. I am amazed. This is a performance of the highest quality. Not only is the virtuosity stunning – even the most difficult passages are perfectly mastered with a beautiful tone and perfect intonation. It is the musicality of this performance that strikes one most. In her hands these short pieces don’t only sound like technical exercises, they are music. Each caprice has a different character and colour. In the more gentle pieces Bender-Becker plays lyrically and quite magically. When more attack and brilliance is required she plays with verve and power.In addition the sound-quality is excellent. One is close to the soloist without feeling uncomfortable. I cannot recommend this disc too highly. I think you will, like me be amazed. Has anyone reading this review heard more by this remarkable newcomer.

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