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Paganini's 24 Caprices, by Ilya Gringolts If you'd like to shake up your concept of Paganini's 24 Caprices, here is the recording for you, by Ilya Gringolts. Ilya has had the Caprices in his fingers since age 11, and in 1998 he was (and remains) the youngest-ever violinist to win first prize at the International Violin Competition, Premio Paganini. He also was a awarded a special prize for the best interpreter of Paganini's Caprices. (Incidentally, Ilya also is a longtime member of Violinist.com.) In the program notes for the Caprices recording, he said he re-analyzed the cycle and went back to the urtext, which allowed him to discover "how many factual misprints have been copied by various editions and set in stone by multiple recordings," he said. His aim was to follow more truly Paganini's original requests, to bring out their "German Romanticism" and to make music, above technique. The recording has already caused a bit of a stir, as it does cast these much-recorded and studied works in new light and does not easily fit the old aural grooves. Sounds like the work of an artist to me! I've been enjoying the new vistas.

We have three of Ilya's Paganini CDs to give away, and we'll put up another new question so you can enter again on Friday. Please answer the following question to enter to win:

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