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Decca Recordings 1950-60 (5CD) [Box set, Import]

Ruggiero / Various Ricci Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 1 in E major
2. Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 2 in B minor
3. Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 3 in E minor
4. Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op. 1, MS 25: No. 4 in C minor
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21: 1. Allegro maestoso
2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21: 2. Adagio
3. Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21: 3. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso
4. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ('La campanella'), Op. 7, MS 48: 1. Allegro maestoso
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 18 (TrV 151): 1. Allegro, ma non troppo
2. Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 18 (TrV 151): 2. Improvisation: Andante cantabile
3. Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 18 (TrV 151): 3. Finale: Andante - Allegro
4. Sonatas (6) for piano & violin obbligato ('Progressive Sonatas'), J. 99-104 (Op. 10b): No. 1 in F major, J99: 1. Allegro
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Fantasy on Bizet's 'Carmen,' for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 25
2. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ('Gypsy Airs'), Op. 20
3. Havanaise, in E major for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 83
4. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31/1: I. Sehr lebhafte Achtel
2. Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31/1: II. Sehr langsame Viertel
3. Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31/1: III. Sehr lebhafte Viertel
4. Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31/1: IV. Intermezzo, Lied. Ruhig bewegte Achtel
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding Ricci Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
This five disc box set featuring the Decca Recordings (1950-60) of violinist Ruggiero Ricci is easily the best of the latest batch of releases in the limited edition "Original Masters" series. Nearly 3/4 of this collection is material that is being made available for the first time internationally. All of the first three CDs (CD1: Paganini's 24 Caprices; CD2: Paganini's 1st & 2nd VCs with Collins and Ravel's Tzigane with Ansermet; and CD3: Strauss and Weber Sonatas) and most of the fifth disc (Hindemith & Prokofiev Sonatas) fall into this category. Furthermore, all of the material on CD4 (Saraste & Saint-Saens with Gamba and Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" with Ansermet) was previously available on a disc in Decca's "Classic Sound" series but it has been out of print (and hard to find -- I never could locate one) for years. In fact, the only selection currently in print, and featured on another title, from this set is Khachaturian's Violin Concerto (Fistoulari, 1956), which is available on a Double Decca title that I had fortunately yet to purchase. The only downside to this collection is the predominance of mono recordings (only the Tzigane, CD 4 and the Hindemith & Prokofiev Sonatas are in stereo), but they still sound delightful, and only the Paganini Caprices suffer the slightest hiss. In all, another great set in the "Original Masters" series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding Ricci Feb. 4 2004
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This five disc box set featuring the Decca Recordings (1950-60) of violinist Ruggiero Ricci is easily the best of the latest batch of releases in the limited edition "Original Masters" series. Nearly 3/4 of this collection is material that is being made available for the first time internationally. All of the first three CDs (CD1: Paganini's 24 Caprices; CD2: Paganini's 1st & 2nd VCs with Collins and Ravel's Tzigane with Ansermet; and CD3: Strauss and Weber Sonatas) and most of the fifth disc (Hindemith & Prokofiev Sonatas) fall into this category. Furthermore, all of the material on CD4 (Saraste & Saint-Saens with Gamba and Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" with Ansermet) was previously available on a disc in Decca's "Classic Sound" series but it has been out of print for years. In fact, the only selection currently in print from this set is Khachaturian's Violin Concerto (Fistoulari, 1956), which is available on a Double Decca title that I had fortunately yet to purchase. The only downside to this collection is the predominance of mono recordings (only the Tzigane, CD 4 and the Hindemith & Prokofiev Sonatas are in stereo), but they still sound delightful, and only the Paganini Caprices suffer the slightest hiss. In all, another great set in the "Original Masters" series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The passion for the instrument! Nov. 5 2006
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After having watched Ricci six times during two long decades in Caracas, I even can evocate and still remember with meridian clarity, the powerful sound, the enraptured vibratos and vibrant staccatos to produce an expressive sound, without excess of the Romantic vision of violinists such as Menuhin, for instance. Thanks to Ricci I always preferred the Guarnerius del Gesu 1734 rather than the well know Stradivarius sound.

This album contains a very special selection that talks by itself about his overwhelming technique and voluptuous lyricism.

His approach about two of his most beloved composers, Paganini and Sarasate are simply illuminating. But the sound talks better than any other compliment. Go for this five albums set and enjoy over and over about one of the most distinguished violinists of the past Century.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time !! March 27 2005
By Faddle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been waiting for these Ricci productions to be transferred to CD for years and years. Why did it take so long?

Ricci, to me, is an astounding violinist who loves his instrument. Don't expect Ruggiero to play like anyone else; he is

unique among fiddle players. Ricci is, well, Ricci.

I once owned everything he recorded in the 50's and 60's; much

of it can be found here. And, make no mistake, these recordings

were mastered on state-of-the-art equipment and do not sound dated at all.

You will not find cookie-cutter performances from Ruggiero Ricci.

Here you will find a new way. The Prokofiev tracks have been

fondled by sweet hands too long; listen to Ricci. He plays

Prokofiev in a devilishly different style. And 'O !! his Tzigane by Ravel is played so hauntingly that you will get the creeps !!

Leave the lights on if you must, but it's best listened to in the dark. Your skin will crawl.
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this Dec 26 2013
By Eugene LEE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beautiful performance and classic. The smoothness and the reason i bought is one disk out of 6. Also the momo recording is not bad, surprisingly!
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