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: 24 Caprices / Park
Release Date: 11/03/2017   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2282   Number of Discs: 1
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Paganini: Music For Violin And Guitar 2 / St. John, Wynberg
Release Date: 10/04/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550759   Number of Discs: 1
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Paganini: Music For Violin & Guitar Vol 1 / St John, Wynberg
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550690   Number of Discs: 1
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Paganini: Centone Di Sonate Vol 1 / Hammer, Kraft
Release Date: 05/01/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553141   Number of Discs: 1
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Paganini: Centone Di Sonate Vol 2 / Hammer, Kraft
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553142   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Caprice for Violin solo no 24 in A minor

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    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait [Deluxe Edition - 2 CDs + 2 DVDs]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941194 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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    Violin Encores
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    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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    Widmung / Sergei Nakariakov
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 2564659589 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Time Transcending / Dodds
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Luciano Berio,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
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    Classical Guitar Favourites / Kraft, Garcia, Cassovia, Breiner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503260 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dionysio Aguado,  Francisco Tarrega,  Niccolò Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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  • 32.
    My First Violin Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578215 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ilya Kaler,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Caspar Frantz  ... 
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    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96046 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Niccolò Paganini,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno,  Yoav Talmi,  Ivan Marinov,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta,  I Musici de Montreal
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    Nicola Hall - Virtuoso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430839 Release Date: 12/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Manuel de Falla,  Isaac Albeniz,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
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    Beethoven Invents Jazz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0709232 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Juhani Lagerspetz,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Michael Collins  ... 
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    Art Of Roman Totenberg
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
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    50 Best Violin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    Canadian Brass - The Classics
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7400 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  Thomas Morley,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
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  • 39.
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 155785 Release Date: 04/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Armand Coeck,  Astor Piazzolla,  Federico Mompou  ... 
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    Essential Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07154 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Gidon Kremer,  Leonid Kogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Efrem Kurtz,  Herbert von Karajan,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
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  • 41.
    Caprice Viennois
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98885 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Niccolò Paganini,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Daniel Auner,  Irina Auner
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  • 42.
    Kalinka / Moscow Nights
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 679840 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Boris M. Terentiev,  Traditional,  Lev Knipper,  Matvey Blanter  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Dzhemelinsky,  Vladimir Deshko,  Evgeny Belyaev,  Nikolai Nizienko  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble,  Orchestra,  Red Star Red Army Chorus
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  • 43.
    Great Studies For Guitar
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1582 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allan Willcocks,  Niccolò Paganini,  Matteo Carcassi,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Performer:  Tilman Hoppstock
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    Adagio & Furioso / Gypsy Devils
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4040 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
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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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  • 46.
    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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    Viola Altera / Mate Szucs
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 462 Release Date: 06/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johan Halvorsen,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Màtè Szück,  Daniel Blumenthal,  László Fenyö
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  • 48.
    100 Best Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 967007 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Luigi Boccherini,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Cocker,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Anthony Halstead,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Salvatore Accardo  ... 
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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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