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Paganini: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Barati, Oue, Ndr Radio Philharmonic

Paganini / Barati / Ndr Radiophilharmonie Hannover
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94803   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Kristóf Baráti
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among the most revered virtuosos of all time, Nicolò Paganini was a true musical legend of his era, inspiring musicians such as Roberto Schumann to forge his own career as a pianist. Franz Schubert was also a regular audience member at Paganini's concerts, despite the outlandish ticket prices.

Paganini often remarked that, despite his legendary status as a violinist, he found it rather difficult to compose for the instrument. This disc brings together the Italian maestro's two violin concertos: No.1, his first large work, was written around 1817 but published posthumously in 1851, and the second dates from 1826. Audiences were wowed at the premiere of No.1, thanks to its many extended passages of double-stopping and
Read more harmonics. Concerto No.2 in B minor is nicknamed 'La campanella', famous for its third-movement Rondo that employs a small bell at each reinstatement of the theme.

Kristóf Baráti is the soloist, performing the works on his much-loved 'Lady Harmsworth' Stradivarius violin. The release is a welcome addition to his ever-growing Brilliant Classics discography, of which Beethoven's Complete Violin Sonatas (94310) garnered such reviews as 'today's reference recording' (Frankfurte Allgemeine). Here he is joined by esteemed conductor Eiji Oue and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.

Other information:
- Recorded 22--25 September 2008, Großer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses, Hanover.
- Hungarian Kristóf Baráti is recognised as one of the most outstanding violinists of his generation. His dazzling technique (often compared with the young Heifetz), his sincere, intensely musical interpretations and strong personality have brought him to today's top. His recordings are widely acclaimed; garnering 5 star reviews in the international press (his Beethoven Violin Sonatas with pianist Klára Würtz are considered "today's reference recordings" by a leading German newspaper).
- This release presents two virtuoso showcases, the violin concertos nos. 1 & 2 by Paganini, the wizard of the violin, suspected of having sold his soul to the devil in order to receive a transcendent technique. Baráti's crystal clear playing makes these concertos a sheer delight, brilliant and exhilarating.
- Contains notes on the work and performer biographies. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Kristóf Baráti (Violin)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817; Italy 
Length: 34 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Kristóf Baráti (Violin)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Length: 30 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Violin Magic June 8, 2014 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Magnificent performances by the talented Kristof Barati and Eiji Oue leading the Hannover Radio Phil. Barati is really an excellent violinist--dare I say, GREAT. Oue's musicians provide a hand-in-glove accompaniment. The recording is audiophile grade. This reissue on the budget Brilliant Classics label belongs in your collection. Get it now or forever have a vacuus in your musical sole." Report Abuse
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