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Paganini: Complete Violin Concertos Box set

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  • Composer: Nicolò Paganini
  • Audio CD (23 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B00004XPLI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Concertos pour violon & orchestre n° 1 à n° 6 / Alexandre Dubach, violon - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, dir. Michel Sasson

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Whilst agreeing with every word of the previous reviewer, including the 5 star rating, there are perhaps one or two things any propspective purchaser may need to know. These recordings were originally issued as single full priced Cds by Claves records, I believe, between 1991 and 1994. The soloist is Alexandre Dubach thoughout, and the orchestra is the Monte Carlo Philharmonic.

Concertos 1 and 4 are conducted by Michel Sasson, and the rest by Lawrence Foster, (What a pity Sasson hadn't been used throughout), and the sound is very good but variable from disc to disc.

The performances of Nos. 1 and 4 are easily the highlight of the set. I'm not sure whether this is mainly due to these two being probably the best of Paganini's six existing concertos, the fact that they get the best recorded sound, or to Sasson's superb orchestral contribution. Probably a combination of all three.

The chemistry between Sasson and Dubach is phenomenal, delivering easily the best performances I've ever heard. The two strike sparks off one another in what I can only describe as the cheekiest and most outrageous performances on disc, (listen to the third mvt. of No.4 if you don't believe me). The set is worth its modest price for this disc alone. The orchestra literally have to play second fiddle to the soloist in any of Paganini's works, but nobody seems to have told Sasson this. His witty and tongue firmly in cheek contribution is infectious to say the least, and Dubach raises the bar himself to match it. Terrific stuff.

The remaining concertos are very well done, (although no performance by anyone is ever likely to make more than a curiosity out of the boring No.
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The performances on this CD set are outstanding and the soloist on these recordings is Alexandre Dubach who is simply superb.The Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo is conducted by Michel Sasson in Concertos 4 and 1 and by Lawrence Foster in Concertos 3,6,5 and 2 in the order on which they appear on the 3 discs. The music in each concerto is played at just the right tempo and the orchestral sound is excellent and does not in any way drown out the soloist.There is a slight variation in the quality of sound on each disc and I do feel as though Michel Sasson has the edge in Concertos 4 and 1 compared to Lawrence Fosters reading of the other concertos but that is only a minor criticism and is not meant to take anything away from the rest of the performances.

Each of the six concertos is rich in tonal colour and as these are also very difficult concertos to play the soloist gives a virtuoso performance in each piece.It is quite difficult to review classical music as each person will have their own preferences as to how a particular piece should be played and sound.
As a violin player myself I will just say that the solo parts on this set are expertly played and the individual interpretations, although quite subjective, will please the most critical listener.

It is always a danger for a soloist or conductor to take a piece either too slowly or too quickly but on these particular recordings I find that all the pieces are taken at the correct tempo causing no undue frustrations to the listener. The sound is bright,crisp and fresh and Dubach gives a precise and well studied performance. The music of Paganini is scintilating and sparkles and shimmers all the way through and nothing is left wanting by the listener.
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Of course the music is not new, but it and the performers were, to me. Paganini was possibly the greatest violinist of all time, and was widely admired by his contemporaries, but apart from a few pieces (e.g. his theme, which forms the basis of variation by himself, Brahms, Rachmaninov, ...) his music is little known today. This bargain pair of discs should do much to remedy that situation. The playing is clean and very competant, especially considering the technical difficulties of the music, and the concertos are interesting in themselves. Try it - it may become a favourite.
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Enjoyed and enjoying this. I have it in my car for my daily commute. Paganini seems like 'why play one note when you can fit it 20' but I like his style. I have another cd with some of these compositions on it but much prefer the playing on this one.
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If you wish to buy a Paganini of various types of work then this is not the one, as clearly stated. But the 6 violin concertos within are so different from each other, you may wish to give this a go, especially for the price asked.
There are so many other prices to hear from this artist, the saving on this will help one discover more.
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Excellent service and excellent production. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it as did the members of my Music Circle.
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