Polish-born virtuoso Karol Józef Lipiski was recognized as one of the best violinists of the 19th century, rivaling Paganini for the title of greatest violinist in Europe. Lipiski dedicated his Capriccios, Op. 10 to Paganini, but ultimately combined Paganinis innovations with the depth of Spohr, Tartini and Viottis musical philosophies to create his own unique style and avoid bravura display alone. The Capriccios, Op. 27 explore rich expression and tone as well as spectacular runs and double-stopping.