PAGANINI: 24 Caprices, Op. 1

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Nicolo Paganini (1782 - 1840)

Twenty-Four Caprices, Op. 1

Paganini's popular reputation rested always on his phenomenaltechnique as a violinist, coupled with a showman's ability to dominate an audience and tostupefy those who heard him by astonishing feats of virtuosity. His playing served as aninspiration to other performers in the nineteenth century, suggesting to Chopin, inWarsaw, the piano Etudes, and to Liszt the material of the Paganini studies that he w rotein 1838. The very appearance of Paganini impressed people. His gaunt aquiline features,his suggestion of hunched shoulders, his sombre clothing, gave rise to legends ofassociation with the Devil, the alleged source of his power, an association supported bythe frequent appearance by his side on his travels of his secretary, one Harris, thoughtby some to be a familiar spirit or a Mephistopheles watching over his Faust. Stories of apact with the Devil were denied by Paganini himself, who, with characteristicunderstanding of the value of public relations in a more credulous age, told of an angelicvisitation to his mother, in a dream, foretelling his birth and his genius.

Paganini was born in Genoa in 1782 and was taught the violinfirst by his father, an amateur, and then by a violinist in the theatre orchestra and bythe better known violinist Giacomo Costa, under whose tuition he gave a public performancein 1794. The following year he played to the violinist and teacher Alessandro Rolla inParma, and on the latter's suggestion studied composition there under Paer. After are turnto Genoa and removal during the Napoleonic invasion, he settled in 1801 in Lucca, where,after 1805, he became solo violinist to the new ruler of Lucca, Princess Elisa Baciocchi,sister of Napoleon. At the end of 1809 he left to travel, during the next eighteen years,throughout Italy, winning a very considerable popular reputation. It was not until 1828that he made his first concert tour abroad, visiting Vienna, Prague and then the majorcities of Germany, followed by Paris and London in 1831. His international career as avirtuoso ended in 1834, when, after an unsatisfactory tour of England, he returned againto Italy, to Parma. A return to the concert-hall, in Nice and then, with considerable success, inMarseilles was followed by an unsuccessful business venture in Paris, the Casino Paganini,which was intended to provide facilities equally for gambling and for music. Withincreasing ill health, he retired to Nice, where he died in 1840.

Paganini published relatively little of his music, most ofwhich was kept for his own exclusive use during his career as a travelling virtuoso. TheTwenty-Four Caprices for solo violin, however, were published in Milan in 1820 as thecomposer's Opus 1. They were written very much earlier, probably in 1805, the year ofPaganini's first employment under the newly installed Princess Elisa Baciocchi at Lucca.

The Caprices are a remarkable compendium of Paganini's technique as a performer, whileavoiding the excesses that he found necessary in front of audiences that expected vulgartricks better suited to the Music Hall.

The first Caprice

is a display of balzato (leaping) bowing in arpeggiated figuration, followed by a seconddemanding wide stretches and extensions in left-hand technique. The third Caprice openswith an E minor introduction in octaves, fingered in a way peculiar to Paganini at thistime and calling again for extension of the fingers of the left hand. The introductorypassage, repeated in conclusion, frames a more rapid middle section. A display of doublestopping of various kinds in the fourth caprice leads to a fifth introduced and ended by arapid cadenza, framing a central demonstration of spiccato bowing. Caprice No.6 offers a melody over a tremolo accompaniment and the seventh opens with a passage inoctaves, followed by the demands of flying staccato. Much of Caprice No.8 is given over to passages in thirds,while No.9 opens with a passage in imitation of the flute, to be played by the bow overthe fingerboard of the instrument, followed by an imitation of the French horn, inregister and choice of intervals. Bowed martellato, the hammered stroke, is used in Caprice No.10, and a central section of rapidvirtuosity is framed, in No.11, by a chordalAndante. Caprice No.12 includes passages ofrapid tenths, played across the strings, and a chromatic passage in descending thirdsintroduces and follows a quick central section played at the point of the bow. Caprice No.14 is an energetic march, and the octavesthat begin No.15 lead to high registerarpeggios and passages of flying staccato. No.16 in Gminor is in rapid semiquavers, involving contrasts of register, followed by No.17, with its roulades interrupting a simple tunein sixths, leading to an extended central passage in octaves. Caprice No.18 starts with afanfare figure on the lowest string of the violin framing a middle section in rapidthirds. Caprice No.19 calls for considerablecontrol in bowing of the string and No.20

has outer sections in widely spaced double and triple stopping. An operatic Amoroso melodyin sixths introduces No.21 followed by aquicker passage that again calls for Paganini's technique of flying staccato, and No.22 demands bowed martellato in a middle section,surrounded by a grandiose display of double stopping. The varied display of No.23 leads to the best known of all the Caprices, No. 24, a theme and twelve variations. Themelody itself was used elsewhere by Paganini, as well as by Brahms in two books of pianovariations and by Rachmaninov in his Rhapsody on aTheme of Paganini. The ninth variation calls for another speciality ofPaganini, of which Spohr for one expressed some disapproval, the alternation of bowednotes and notes plucked with the left hand.

Ilya Kaler

The Russian violinist Ilya Kaler was born in 1963 in Moscow andstudied there at the Conservatory under Leonid Kogan and Victor Tretyakov. In 1981 he wonthe Grand Prize at the Genoa Paganini Competition and in 1985 the Gold Medal at theSibelius Competition in Helsinki, with a Special Prize for his performance of the SibeliusViolin Concerto. The following year he won the Gold Medal at the Moscow TchaikovskyCompetition. He has appeared as a soloist with the most distinguished Russian orchestrasand abroad with orchestras of Eastern and Western Europe and in the United States, whileas a recitalist he has performed in the major cities of Europe, in the Far East andthroughout the former Soviet Union.

Item number 8550717
Barcode 4891030507173
Release date 12/01/1999
Category Classical
Label Naxos Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Kaler, Ilya
Kaler, Ilya
Composers Paganini, Nicolo
Paganini, Nicolo
Disc: 1
24 Caprices, Op. 1
1 No. 1 In E Major
2 No. 2 In B Minor
3 No. 3 In E Minor
4 No. 4 In C Minor
5 No. 5 In A Minor
6 No. 6 In G Minor
7 No. 7 In A Minor
8 No. 8 In E Flat Major
9 No. 9 In E Major
10 No. 10 In G Minor
11 No. 11 In C Major
12 No. 12 In A Flat Major
13 No. 13 In B Flat Major
14 No. 14 In E Flat Major
15 No. 15 In E Minor
16 No. 16 In G Minor
17 No. 17 In E Flat Major
18 No. 18 In C Major
19 No. 19 In E Flat Major
20 No. 20 In D Major
21 No. 21 In A Major
22 No. 22 In F Major
23 No. 23 In E Flat Major
24 No. 24 In A Minor
5 - PAGANINI: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 - Pete - 19/01/2019
This is my favourite rendition of Paganini's 24 Caprices. Ilya Kaler's interpretation is superbly sensitive, unlike that of some performers who seem to think that anything by Paganini has to be played maniacally.
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