Paganini : Caprices
Paganini : Caprices Op. 1
Capitol SPBR 8477
Testament Records : 2 LPs 180 gram, box with booklet
Brand New and Sealed Record
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Separately, Paganini's 24 Caprices are among the most difficult pieces ever written for the violin. Together, they are the very definition of violin virtuosity. And not just technical virtuosity, but tonal and even emotional virtuosity. Playing the notes perfectly is the beginning - not the end - of performing the Caprice s: playing the notes with exquisite beauty and emotional expressivity is the goal of performing the Caprices. Michael Rabin can do all of that and he makes it sound easy. In this 1958 Capitol recording, Rabin plays all the absurdly impossible notes of Paganini's Caprices with an unfailingly beautiful tone. Better than that, Rabin gets beneath the notes to the gloriously beautiful, wonderfully expressive music in the Caprices. One could almost forget how ridiculously difficult these pieces are when listening to Rabin's passionate, contemplative, dramatic, comic, seductive, and heroic interpretations. But when one realizes how difficult the pieces are and how easy Rabin makes playing them sound, one is amazed all over again. This is one of the greatest solo violin performances ever recorded.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.