Some composers – Enescu, Schumann and Szymanowski among them – have had a go at adding piano accompaniments to Paganini’s 24 Capricci for solo violin, and there are arrangements for any number of instrumental combinations. The Ukrainian Myroslav Skoryk (b. 1938) is the first composer to go the whole hog and orchestrate all 24 of them, turning Paganini’s virtuosic violin-writing into a succession of symphonic fireworks, often injecting a touch of humour along the way.
Lviv International Symphony Orchestra Alexander Zemtsov, conductor
Catalogue No: TOCC0463EAN/UPC: 5060113444370-1Release Date: 01.11.2018Composer: Myroslav Skoryk Artists: Alexander Zemtsov, Lviv International Symphony Orchestra
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Patrick Waller :
This disc might surprise you – it has already surprised both me and my wife. For my part I have always admired the Caprices but thought that Salvatore Accardo’s recording was all I would ever need. A while back I was tempted by and enjoyed an arrangement for Saxophone played by Raaf Hekkaema. This also looked to be “worth a listen” but actually I was blown away by it. In my view great music is great music in any format and I am happy to hear different arrangements. Sometimes they don’t work but this one really adds something through the inventive orchestration. And my wife… is often on the end of guessing what I have put on. She is usually able to spot anything well known within about 2 bars (or less) – this one took her till track 9! And I could totally understand that – it is because something has added to the original but in a very positive way. Above all it is a really enjoyable disc in its own right.
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