Niccolò Paganini


Born: Oct 27, 1782; Italy   Died: May 27, 1840; France   Period: Romantic
The remarkable international career of Niccolò Paganini -- regarded in legend as the greatest virtuoso violinist ever -- did not begin until relatively late in life. Born in Genoa in 1782, Paganini received his first musical instruction from his father, a devoted amateur musician. Niccolò's rapid progress on the violin, however, was such that his father (who was in fact a mandolinist, and thus little suited to train his precocious son) was soon Read more compelled to send his son to Giacomo Costa, maestro di capella of the Cathedral at San Lorenzo, for further study. Although he quickly gained some local fame and even embarked on a minor tour of Italy in 1797, it would be many years before Paganini consented to perform outside his native land.
Paganini began composing seriously after his initial tour of Italy in 1797. He performed little during the initial years of the nineteenth century, preferring instead to devote his time to composition and romance (happily combining the two when he met a Florentine noblewoman, to this day anonymous, with a passion for the guitar). In 1805 he resumed his active musical career, accepting the directorship of the orchestra at Lucca, and in 1813 he embarked on a series of concert tours throughout the Italian peninsula.
In 1825, after nearly 30 years of intensive practice and self-scrutiny, Paganini felt he had developed his skills sufficiently to put them on display for all of Europe, and he left Italy for an extensive European tour (Vienna debut 1828, Paris 1831, London 1831). His astounding technical prowess amazed audiences of the day, and many fanciful legends arose to explain his remarkable abilities (one of the more popular held that he was in league with demonic powers, a legend rather supported by his gaunt, pale features). He died in 1840 from cancer of the larynx, having all but ended his concert career in 1834.
Paganini's impact on nineteenth century music cannot be overestimated: he set an entirely new standard of technical virtuosity; he was among the first musicians to champion the music of Berlioz (having commissioned, but never performed, Harold in Italy); and the inspirational effect that his works would have on the young Franz Liszt -- who set out to duplicate Paganini's achievements on the piano -- would alter both the course of music and the life of the young Liszt forever. Paganini's own compositions, including an unidentified number of violin concertos (some six are extant) and numerous chamber works, have more or less been abandoned. The concertos are written in the Italian operatic style of the day, oscillating between lyric charm and ferocious technical display, and are the only works of his which remain in the repertory (though many of the shorter works, by comparison, are gems and deserve to be played more). Read less
Paganini, Giuliani: Duets For Violin & Guitar / Huggett, Savino
Release Date: 05/08/2001   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 3957116   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Caprice for Violin solo no 24 in A minor

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    Paganini: La Campanella, Le Streghe / Philippe Quint, Dmitry Cogan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570703 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Dmitri Cogan,  Philippe Quint
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  • 27.
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6118 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Niccolò Paganini,  Frédéric Chopin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Johnson,  John Lenehan,  Rolf Wilson
    Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
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    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
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    Label: Dorothy Young Riess   Catalog: 5637588700 Release Date: 12/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Charles Gounod,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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    Virtuoso / Angele Dubeau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28729 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Alain Marion,  Anton Kuerti
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
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    Roby Lakatos With Musical Friends
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 10302 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dave Brubeck,  Randy Brecker,  Marc Fosset,  Roby Lakatos  ... 
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    Violon X - Exteme Violin - Biondi, Buskov, Ivanov, Khachaturian / Biondi, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fritz Kreisler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Marcelle Dedieu-Vidal,  Evgueni Bushkov,  Régis Pasquier  ... 
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    Legendary Treasures - Michael Rabin Collection Vol 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7951 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Albert Spalding,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Lothar Broddack,  Brian Sullivan,  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Thomas Scherman,  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Thomas Schippers  ... 
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  • 35.
    Paganini: 24 Caprices / Scott Slapin
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3420 Release Date: 10/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Scott Slapin
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  • 36.
    Art And Music - Goya - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558178 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Domenico Scarlatti,  François Joseph Gossec,  Antonio Soler  ... 
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    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11020 Release Date: 11/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Niccolò Paganini,  Johannes Brahms,  Alexander Alyabyev  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin,  Victor Ginsburg,  Iana Ivanilova,  Vladimir Skanavi
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  • 38.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Gerhard Taschner,  Hans Altmann
    Conductor:  Herbert Sandberg,  Hermann Abendroth
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    Magic Horn / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9330 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Michael Kamen,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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    Romance & Caprice -elgar, Rossini, Et Al / Morelli, Et Al
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1172 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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    Caprice - Alison Balsom / Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 53255 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Astor Piazzolla,  Oskar Lindberg,  Jean-Baptiste Arban  ... 
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    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Paganini: Guitar Music / Marco Tamayo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557598 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Marco Tamayo
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    Concert Magic / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054158 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Adolph Baller,  Marguerite Campbell,  Eula Beal  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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    Heifetz And Piatigorsky - Historical Performance Film Footage
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1101 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Emanuel Bay,  Jascha Heifetz
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    Handel, Mozart, Tartini: Sonatas, Etc / Szigeti
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2000 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff,  Joseph Szigeti,  Kurt Ruhrseitz,  Andor Foldes
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    Paganini, Et Al: Music For Violin And Piano / Hossen
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Ludmil Petkov,  Mario Hossen
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  • 47.
    Greatest Hits - Violin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000192002 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jerry Bock  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Henryk Szeryng  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lakatos Róbert,  Andrew Litton,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Roby Lakatos Ensemble,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 4 - Paganini, Rodrigo, Etc
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126054 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Leo Brouwer,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Brouwer,  Wang Yameng,  Margarita Escarpa,  Eduardo Isaac  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordoba Orchestra,  Le Trio de Cologne
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    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32156 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Auer,  Riccardo Drigo,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Antal Szalai,  József Balog
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    Label: Musical Heritage Society   Catalog: 5637288056 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Stephen Foster,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Paula Robison,  Louise Schulman,  Albert Fuller  ... 
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