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Paganini: 24 Caprices + 1

Ning Feng

Niccolò Paganini

SKU: 43221

Year of release: 2021

24 Caprices, Opus 1 77:01
1. Caprice No.1 in E major - Andante Niccolò Paganini 01:46
2. Caprice No. 2 in B minor - Moderato Niccolò Paganini 03:03
3. Caprice No. 3 in E minor - Sostenuto - Presto - Sostenuto Niccolò Paganini 03:00
4. Caprice No. 4 in C minor - Maestoso Niccolò Paganini 06:09
5. Caprice No. 5 in A minor - Agitato Niccolò Paganini 02:43
6. Caprice No. 6 in G minor - Lento Niccolò Paganini 04:31
7. Caprice No. 7 in A minor - Posato Niccolò Paganini 03:46
8. Caprice No. 8 in E-flat major - Maestoso Niccolò Paganini 02:52
9. Caprice No. 9 in E major - Allegretto Niccolò Paganini 03:02
10. Caprice No. 10 in G minor - Vivace Niccolò Paganini 02:31
11. Caprice No. 11 in C major - Andante - Presto - Andante Niccolò Paganini 04:06
12. Caprice No. 12 in A-flat major - Allegro Niccolò Paganini 02:59
13. Caprice No. 13 in B-flat major - Allegro Niccolò Paganini 02:19
14. Caprice No. 14 in E-flat major - Moderato Niccolò Paganini 02:09
15. Caprice No. 15 in E minor - Posato Niccolò Paganini 03:07
16. Caprice No. 16 in G minor - Presto Niccolò Paganini 01:35
17. Caprice No. 17 in E-flat major - Sostenuto - Andante Niccolò Paganini 03:46
18. Caprice No. 18 in C major - Corrente - Allegro Niccolò Paganini 02:43
19. Caprice No. 19 in E-flat major - Lento - Allegro assai Niccolò Paganini 02:38
20. Caprice No. 20 in D major - Allegretto Niccolò Paganini 03:15
21. Caprice No. 21 - in A major - Amoroso - Presto Niccolò Paganini 03:20
22. Caprice No. 22 in F major - Marcato Niccolò Paganini 02:57
23. Caprice No. 23 - in E-flat major - Posato - Minore - Posato Niccolò Paganini 03:46
24. Caprice No. 24 in A minor - Tema quasi presto - Variazioni - Finale Niccolò Paganini 04:48
Caprice d'Adieu 02:29
25. Caprice d’Adieu in E major - Allegro moderato Niccolò Paganini 02:29
Total time: 79:30

About this album

Paganini’s success as a violin virtuoso was naturally only partly based on the fantastical, mysterious and demonic atmosphere that surrounded him. What his professional admirers captivated most of all was his unparalleled playing technique. The best impression of his musical and technical accomplishment can be gained from his most talked-about work, the 24 Caprices opus 1 (1817), which were modelled on the similarly named pieces by Pietro Locatelli (1733). To this day the 24 Caprices are still considered the bible of violin technique. (…)

– Clemens Romijn
[from liner notes]


*  Pure DSD256 recording.. No post production in DXD

• + 1: Remarkable Caprice d’Adieu forms the conclusion of this album.

• Ning Feng won First Prize in the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini in Genoa, 2006.

• While being ‘in between Strads’ at the time, Ning Feng much enjoyed recording Paganini’s Caprices on his own very fresh sounding instrument: 2017 Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

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Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 256
Analog To Digital ConverterHorus, Merging Technologies
Recording DateJanuary 2020
Recording LocationRenswoude, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks