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Bram Heemskerk

'Caprice 24' N Paganini on saxophone, trumpet, cello, guitar

December 13, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Raaf Hekkema saxophone:

Alison Balsom trumpet:

Wells Cunningham cello:

Unknown Asian guitar player guitar:

From Christopher wexler
Posted on December 13, 2007 at 11:34 PM
Thank you very very much :)
From Kam Cheung
Posted on December 14, 2007 at 2:07 AM
The girl in the last video is Xuefei Yang (her personal web page at She is giving a concert with the HK Phil in early Feb 2008. Her CDs are also readily obtainable here in Hong Kong.
From Bilbo Prattle
Posted on December 14, 2007 at 2:26 AM
As usual, a most excellent blog.
From Ian King
Posted on December 14, 2007 at 3:36 AM
OMG that saxophone plays chords!!!
From Barbara S
Posted on December 14, 2007 at 5:25 AM
Wow, had no idea the sax could do all that. Thanks for sharing this - it is a great display of creative virtuoso sax playing. I especially liked the simulated pizzicatos and the 'double stops'. How'd he do that??!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on December 14, 2007 at 8:42 AM
I like the guitarist the best. I searched on youtube and found quite a few guitarists playing the piece. I think the caprice probably translates well to the guitar because Paganini also wrote music for guitar. I found a recording of Yo-Yo Ma playing it on the cello, and, of course, it was great. The worst ones were heavy metal rock, electric guitar, and accordion.
From Barbara S
Posted on December 15, 2007 at 6:08 AM
I agree with Pauline that the guitar (and perhaps the cello) sounds quite natural with this piece...but I liked the sax rendition precisely because it was so unexpected.

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