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Virtuoso Violin


Release Date: 07/12/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458191   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Niccolò PaganiniHenri WieniawskiSir Edward ElgarFranz von Vecsey,   ... 
Performer:  Ruggiero RicciLouis PersingerErnest Lush
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born in San Francisco in 1918, Ruggiero Ricci kept on concertizing long after most performers would have laid aside violin and bow. Technique, like everything else, wanes with advancing years, and the result in Ricci's case was a string of shaky stage performances and, worse still, a batch of recordings (including that embarrassing CD for Biddulph, in which he played the Brahms and Beethoven concertos with cadenzas by everyone under the sun, and a rather horrible but slightly better-played Unicorn-Kanchana disc of Wieniawski showpieces) in which armchair scrutinizers with instant replay could isolate one risible blunder after another. So where the rest had the good sense and humility to retire, Ricci kept right on going, the most serious Read more consequence being that these later endeavors obscured the truth: that Ricci indeed was one of the most astounding virtuosos of his epoch.


That's why anyone who loves the violin should have these amazing Decca recordings from the 1950s, for here is Ricci at his dazzling best. Another fascinating dimension to these priceless performances (I use the term advisedly, for much of this is playing to the gallery at its worst, and yet Ricci always gets away with it!) are the contributions of Louis Persinger, Ricci's (and Menuhin's) first teacher, who also proves to have been a crack accompanist. Unsurprisingly, it's works by Paganini and Sarasate that dominate these two discs, and Ricci's accounts are sensational, even if they sometimes betray a certain lack of musical good taste. And the rest, a smattering of virtuoso showstoppers by Wieniawski, Elgar, Vécsey, Kroll, Chopin, Smetana, Suk, Achron, Hubay, and Moszkowski, makes you realize that today's hot-house-reared fiddlers are snubbing a universe of masterpieces they rate beneath their dignity. Or is it that many of these pieces are just too difficult? Listen to Ricci in Bazzini's La Ronde des Lutins, the last track on Disc 2, and make up your own mind! Extraordinary violin playing and nice-sounding transfers--don't miss it!
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Theme and Variations for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8 "Le streghe" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813 
2.
Fantasia on the G String by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835 
4.
Introduction and Variations on Paisiello's "Nel cor più non mi sento", Op. 38 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1820 
5.
Variations for Violin and Orchestra on "God Save the Queen", Op. 9 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829 
6.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella": 3rd movement, Rondo à la clochette by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826 
7.
Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, Op. 3: no 6 in E minor by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805 
8.
Introduction and Variations for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 13 "Di tanti palpiti" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
9.
Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
10.
La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; England 
11.
Le Vent by Franz von Vecsey
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945 
13.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
14.
Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano, T 128 "From my homeland": no 2 in G minor by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Czech Republic 
15.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
16.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
17.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
18.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 26 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
19.
Caprice basque, Op. 24 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881 
20.
Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899 
21.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
22.
Jota aragonesa, Op. 27 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883 
23.
Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 17: no 4, Burlesca by Josef Suk
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Prague, Czech Republ 
24.
Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
25.
Blumenleben (6), Op. 30: no 5, Der Zephyr by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Hungary 
26.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 45: no 2, Guitarre by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
27.
La ronde des lutins, Op. 25 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Ernest Lush (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1847; Italy 

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