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24 Capriccios [Import]

Salvatore Accardo Audio CD
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1. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Andante In E major
2. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Moderato In B minor
3. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Sostenuto - Presto - Sostenuto In E minor
4. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Maestoso In C minor
5. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Agitato In A minor
6. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Lento In G minor
7. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Posato In A minor
8. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Maestoso In E Flat Major
9. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Allegretto In E Major
10. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Vivace In G Minor
11. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Andante - Presto - Tempo I In C Major
12. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Allegro In A Flat Major
13. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Allegro In B Flat Major
14. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Moderato In E Flat Major
15. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Posato In E Minor
16. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Presto In G Minor
17. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Sostenuto - Andante In E Flat Major
18. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Corrente In C Major
19. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Lento - Allegro Assai In E Flat Major
20. 24 Capricci per violino solo, Op. 1: Allegretto In D Major
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing... June 12 2004
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
I have to say this recording by Accardo is very dissapointing. Allthough there are a few bright spots in this recording, I believe that his bad spots outweigh his good ones. I bought this CD because I had heard that this was a masterfull interpretation and recording. Well, truth is, you do not have to get far in the CD to notice the glaring mistakes/wierd interpretation. Caprice No. 3 is a perfect example. I had heard that Accardo had splendid octave trilling. Not quite so. When the theme is stated an octave up, starting in measure 8, he starts out okay stating the octave theme an octave up. However, once he reaches the climax of the Sostenuto, he totally screws it up. First off, he plays an UGLY F-natural (keep in mind that we are in the key of E minor-which means one sharp, that sharped note being F), and secondly he "nails" the highest note...a half step above the written C-natural. Towards the end of the Sostenuto section...he seems really really shaky on the octave trills. On the good side, his presto was actually wonderful, perfectly in tune and in coordinance with the bowings, which kind of dumbfounded me not to mention because of the prior section I could not really fully enjoy this Caprice. Next, I want to share a discretion in interpretation I personally feel. Caprice 7, one of my favorites had a GORGEOUS middle section with suspention chords in the thematical rhythm. Accardo plays this section totally detached, separating every single chord from the next. Wait a minute, just by the way it's written you can tell it is supposed to flow. That really bugged me. One more really big mistake in interpretation really bugged me, unfortunately it's a big part of the Caprice. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accardo Feb. 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big fan of PAGANINI.I 've bought and listen to anythig available on CDs. Basically,I agree with Dr.Francessco T. above, capprices are often wrongly judged by speed and kind of showy virtuosity. Also,remember that Paganini really NEVER gave their performance in public.
Accardo is a unique violinist in his understanding of Paganini.No other violinist in the world has never recorded practically everything that was preserved from Paganini's time.
I'm judging not only by technique, but the interpretation and tone!!!Just compare his and Gidon Kremer's recording of 4th concerto....
Speaking of this recording of 24 capprici,I'll be trying to be objective. Accardo brings its interpretation in a rather artistic way,while Perlman plays it as "pure" technical exercises (I'll be comparing with Perlman, because I do think that no other violinist - not even Ricci,Mintz,Kaler,Markov...- really reaches the qualilies of Perlman and Accardo).As far as an interpretation (tone)is concerned,I would prefer Accardo,although Perlman sounds better in octaves.Comparing the technique(not the speed),Perlman is slightly firmer in grasping the strings,but not everywhere,in general I would say that both violinists are more or less technically equal(just compare 15,16 or some other cappr.-they are almost identical which proves the virtuosity of both violinists).Perlman left hands is really slightly firmer,but in contrast, Accardo does much better with his right hand (maybe here Perlman's handicap is the reason), which produces him much clearer and lighter staccatos,spiccatos,ricochets and other "acrobatic" technique.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing Oct. 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was slightly dissapointed by this recording. Accardo is famous for his Paganini recordings and interpretations. . . his recording of the 6 violin concertos with Charles Dutoit only prove that claim. However, these caprices aren't what I expected. The technique is spotty and inconsistent, particularly with the chords and double-stops. Also, the intonation is pretty unreliable and the articulation is clumsy. For anyone buying a recording of these caprices, I would recommend the Kaler, Mintz, Ehnes, or Perlman recordings before considering the Accardo. For the Accardo fans out there, go buy his recording of Paganini's 6 violin concertos with Dutoit. Now here is where Accardo redeems himself as one of the greatest performers of Paganini.
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