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Title - Accardo Plays Paganini - The Complete Recordings
Artist - Salvatore Accardo

This exquisite new release from Deutsche Grammophon, Accardo Plays Paganini - The Complete Recordings has rightfully been expressed as "presenting crown jewel recordings", for at 24-bit resolution in a wondrous hardback book with slipcase, DG have outdone themselves here for sure.

Ergo, these legendary Paganini recordings - performed with seemingly-disarming ease by the legendary Salvatore Accardo - now come in a deluxe 6CD + Blu-ray Audio package, remastered from the original sources.

Better still, these incredible virtuoso solo violin works are heard in astounding detail in this new 96kHz/24-bit remastering.

For those not in the know, Salvatore Accardo is an Italian violinist and conductor, who is known for his interpretations of the works of Niccolò Paganini.

Accardo studied violin in the southern Italian city of Naples in the 1950s. He gave his first professional recital at the age of 13 performing Paganini's Capricci. In 1958 Accardo became the first prize winner of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

He has recorded Paganini's 24 Caprices (re-recorded in 1999) for solo violin and was the first violinist to record all six of the violin concerti by Paganini.

Indeed, he has an extensive discography of almost 50 recordings on Philips, DG, EMI, Sony Classical, Foné, Dynamic, and Warner-Fonit. Notably, he has recorded an album of classical and contemporary works in 1995 on Paganini's Guarneri del Gesù 1742 violin, Il Cannone.

CD 1: Paganini: Violin Concerto No.1 In D Major, Op.6, MS.21; Violin Concerto No.2 In B Minor, Op.7, MS. 48
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
Violin Concerto No.1 In D Major, Op.6, MS.21
1. 1. Allegro maestoso (22:03)
2. 2. Adagio (5:59)
3. 3. Rondo (Allegro spirituoso) (9:42)

Violin Concerto No.2 In B Minor, Op.7, MS.48
4. 1. Allegro maestoso - Cadenza: Salvatore Accardo (14:57)
5. 2. Adagio (7:06)
6. 3. Rondo à la clochette, 'La campanella' (8:55) - Salvatore Accardo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Total Playing Time: 1:08:42

CD 2: Paganini: Violin Concerto No.3 In E Major, MS. 50; Violin Concerto No.4 In D Minor, MS. 60
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
Violin Concerto No.3 In E Major, MS. 50
Cadenza: Salvatore Accardo
1. 1. Introduzione. Andantino - Allegro marziale (18:08)
2. 2. Adagio (Cantabile spianato) (7:07)
3. 3. Polacca (Andantino vivace) (11:33)

Violin Concerto No.4 In D Minor, MS. 60
Cadenza: Salvatore Accardo
4. 1. Allegro maestoso (17:07)
5. 2. Adagio flebile con sentimento (6:50)
6. 3. Rondo galante (Andantino gaio) (11:06) - Salvatore Accardo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
Total Playing Time: 1:11:51

CD 3: Paganini: Violin Concerto No.5 In A Minor, MS. 78; La Primavera - Sonata For Violin And Orchestra In A Major, MS. 73; Maestosa Sonata sentimentale, MS. 51
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
Violin Concerto No. 5 In A Minor, MS. 78
1. 1. Allegro maestoso (19:32)

Violin Concerto No. 5 In A Minor, MS. 78
2. 2. Andante, un poco sostenuto (8:59)

Violin Concerto No. 5 In A Minor, MS. 78
3. 3. Finale - Rondo. Andantino quasi Allegretto (11:01)
4. La Primavera - Sonata for Violin and Orchestra in A (17:07)
5. Maestosa Sonata sentimentale (15:30) - Salvatore Accardo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Total Playing Time: 1:12:09

CD 4: Paganini: Violin Concerto No.6 In E Minor, MS. 75; Sonata con Variazioni su un Tema di Joseph Weigl, MS. 47; Introduzione e Variazioni sul tema Non più mesta da "La Cenerentola" di Rossini For Violin And Orchestra, MS. 22; Le Streghe, Op.8, MS. 19
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
Violin Concerto No.6 In E Minor, MS. 75
Orchestrated By Federico Mompellio
1. 1. Risoluto (21:22)
2. 2. Adagio (7:25)
3. 3. Rondò ossia Polonese (11:20)
4. Sonata con Variazioni su un Tema di Joseph Weigl (9:47)
5. Introduzione e Variazioni sul tema Non più mesta da "La Ceneren- tola" di Rossini for violin and orchestra (11:40)
6. Le Streghe, Op.8 (9:48) - Salvatore Accardo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Total Playing Time: 1:11:22

CD 5: Paganini: 24 Caprices For Violin, Op.1, MS. 25
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
24 Caprices For Violin, Op.1, MS. 25
1. No. 1 in E (1:47)
2. No. 2 in B minor (2:35)
3. No. 3 in E minor (2:47)br> 4. No. 4 in C minor (6:42)
5. No. 5 in a minor (2:14)
6. No. 6 in G minor (4:29)
7. No. 7 in A minor (3:40)
8. No. 8 in E flat (2:56)
9. No. 9 in E (3:20)
10. No. 10 in G minor (2:19)
11. No. 11 in C (4:38)
12. No. 12 in A flat (2:29)
13. No. 13 in B flat (1:58)
14. No. 14 in E flat (1:15)
15. No. 15 in E minor (2:42)
16. No. 16 in G minor (1:18)
17. No. 17 in E flat (3:32)
18. No. 18 in C (2:21)
19. No. 19 in E flat (2:56)
20. No. 20 in D (2:59)
21. No. 21 in A (3:26)
22. No. 22 in F (3:12)
23. No. 23 in E flat (3:36)
24. No. 24 in A minor (4:22) - Salvatore Accardo

Total Playing Time: 1:13:33

CD 6: Paganini: Sonata Napoleone, MS. 5; I Palpiti, Op.13, MS. 77; Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11, MS.72; Introduction And Variations On "Nel cor più non mi sento", MS 44; Duo Merveille, MS. 6;Variations On "God Save The King", Op. 9, MS. 56
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
1. Sonata Napoleone (9:22)
2. I Palpiti, Op.13 (11:25)
3. Perpetuela - Allegro vivace (3:12) - Salvatore Accardo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
4. Introduction And Variations On "Nel cor più non mi sento", MS 44 (13:28)
5. Duo merveille Sonata per violino solo in C major (2:53)
6. Variations on "God Save The King", Op. 9, M.S.56 (6:46)- Salvatore Accardo

Total Playing Time: 47:06

BR 7: Accardo Plays Paganini - The Complete Recordings
Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
Violin Concerto No.1 In D Major, Op.6, MS.21

Total Playing Time: 6:44:18

Yes, you read that right, with an amazingly glorious near-seven hour long run time, this beautiful, just simply magnificent flawless even Accardo Plays Paganini - The Complete Recordings is as good as it will ever get for this combination of music and composer.

Noted for his exquisite, beautiful playing and a technical wizardry carried off with disarming nonchalance, Accardo is most readily associated with Paganini – though technical wizardry for its own sake holds little fascination for him: "Of course for young violinists it is always a challenge to be able to play the 24 Caprices, but as I got older I understood that what was important in his music was its almost operatic qualities."

As for the review of this work of art, well: Paganini, the first million dollar musician. Anyone who loves the violin as much as I do, should purchase this set without hesitation.

Accardo blows everyone away with these performances; his fingerboard is on fire. Accardo is one of the best today, if not the best. The range, tone, dynamics, and profoundness of his violin is only rivaled by a few of the greats.

These performances are as the master, Paganini, would have played them. They are some of the most dynamic displays of violin playing the world has ever experienced.

They are definitely in a class of their own. Also, the recording is excellent; it's crystal clear with Accardo's violin capturing an unbelievable sound quality; such range. Buy today without any hesitation. You won't be disappointed, trust me.

Lastly, the booklet includes the extensive liner notes from the original vinyl releases texts plus the original sleeve artwork.

Official 6CD+Blu-ray Audio Purchase Link

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