Paganini: 24 Caprices + 1

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Tracklist

1.
Caprice No.1 in E major - Andante
01:46
2.
Caprice No.2 in B minor - Moderato
03:03
3.
Caprice No.3 in E minor - Sostenuto - Presto - Sostenuto
03:00
4.
Caprice No.4 in C minor - Maestoso
06:09
5.
Caprice No.5 in A minor - Agitato
02:43
6.
Caprice No.6 in G minor - Lento
04:31
7.
Caprice No.7 in A minor - Posato
03:46
8.
Caprice No.8 in E-flat major - Maestoso
02:52
9.
Caprice No.9 in E major - Allegretto
03:02
10.
Caprice No.10 in G minor - Vivace
02:31
11.
Caprice No.11 in C major - Andante - Presto - Andante
04:06
12.
Caprice No.12 in A-flat major - Allegro
02:59
13.
Caprice No.13 in B-flat major - Allegro
02:19
14.
Caprice No.14 in E-flat major - Moderato
02:09
15.
Caprice No.15 in E minor - Posato
03:07
16.
Caprice No.16 in G minor - Presto
01:35
17.
Caprice No.17 in E-flat major - Sostenuto - Andante
03:45
18.
Caprice No.18 in C major - Corrente - Allegro
02:43
19.
Caprice No.19 in E-flat major - Lento - Allegro assai
02:38
20.
Caprice No.20 in D major - Allegretto
03:15
21.
Caprice No.21 - in A major - Amoroso - Presto
03:20
22.
Caprice No.22 in F major - Marcato
02:57
23.
Caprice No.23 - in E-flat major - Posato - Minore - Posato
03:46
24.
Caprice No.24 in A minor - Tema quasi presto - Variazioni - Finale
04:44
25.
Caprice d?Adieu in E major - Allegro moderato
02:29

Description

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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Jared Sacks

Recording engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Renswoude, The Netherlands

Recording date

January 2020

Analog to digital converter

Horus, Merging Technologies

Recording format

DSD 256

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Cables

Van den Hul

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Speakers

Grimm LS1

Press reviews

BBC Radio 3, Record Review

“A fabulous piece of virtuoso fiddle playing”
“I’ve always loved how technically assured he is, how easy he makes it seem, also he seems to be enjoying the challenges as well.”

Het Parool

De stukken lijken voor hem geschreven. (…) Dit is hogeschoolvioolspel van de zuiverste graad, te meer daar Feng meer te bieden heeft dan louter technisch gemak. Uiteindelijk gaat het in deze krankzinnig virtuoze stukken toch ook om de muzikale zeggingskracht.

De Volkskrant 5 out of 5

(…) Mooi is hoeveel oor hij heeft voor Paganini’s imitatie van andere instrumenten. (…) De decapriccioficatie is voltooid, wat overblijft is muziek vol hartstocht. Ning Feng heeft Paganini uitgespeeld.

Opus Klassiek

Het door Feng bespeelde instrument klinkt schitterend, en anders dan misschien gedacht is het zelfs vrij nieuw, daterend uit 2017 van de hand van Samuel Zygmuntowicz. Het zegt overigens ook iets over de opname: Jared Sacks legde de gloedvolle vioolklank natuurgetrouw vast op een bekende opnamelocatie: de Remonstrantse Kerk in Renswoude.

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