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Saturday, August 12, 2017 Permalink

The Paganini Connection

Sketch by D. Maclise from an 1831 performance in London


In 1820, a composer and violinist--then little known outside his native Italy--published a collection of virtuoso solo pieces--including one that would inspire works by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Benny Goodman and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.

In this hour, the astonishing impact of Nicolo Paganini's 24th Caprice for Solo Violin.


Title Catalog #
Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin (Midori) Sony SK92764 
Brahms: Paganini Variations Virgin Classics 0946 332628 2 9
Masters of the Bow DG 429714
Complete Music of Liszt for Solo Piano, Vol. 48 Hyperion CDA67193
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini RCA Victor 09026-6886-2
Lloyd Webber: Variations Philips 420 342-2/4/1 
Benny Goodman Plays Mel Powell HEP Records HEPCD 1055

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