Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
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Among the most revered virtuosos of all time, Nicolò Paganini was a true musical legend of his era, inspiring musicians such as Roberto Schumann to forge his own career as a pianist. Franz Schubert was also a regular audience member at Paganini’s concerts, despite the outlandish ticket prices.
Paganini often remarked that, despite his legendary status as a violinist, he found it rather difficult to compose for the instrument. This release brings together the Italian maestro’s two violin concertos: No.1, his first large work, was written around 1817 but published posthumously in 1851, and the second dates from 1826. Audiences were wowed at the premiere of No.1, thanks to its many extended passages of double-stopping and harmonics. Concerto No.2 in B minor is nicknamed ‘La campanella’, famous for its third-movement Rondo that employs a small bell at each reinstatement of the theme.
Kristóf Baráti is the soloist, performing the works on his much-loved ‘Lady Harmsworth’ Stradivarius violin. The release is a welcome addition to his ever-growing Brilliant Classics discography, of which Beethoven’s Complete Violin Sonatas (94310) garnered such reviews as ‘today’s reference recording’ (Frankfurte Allgemeine). Here he is joined by esteemed conductor Eiji Oue and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.
Kristóf Baráti violin
NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
Eiji Oue conductor
00:00:00 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro maestoso (Cadenza by Émile Sauret)
00:20:23 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: II. Adagio
00:25:20 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: III. Rondo. Allegro spiritoso
00:35:20 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro maestoso (Cadenza by Kristóf Baráti)
00:49:48 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7: II. Adagio
00:56:08 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7: III. Rondo à la clochette “La campanella”