So, does anyone have a favourite Paganini Caprice? Personally I love no.1, 5, 7, 17, 21, and 24.. What are your thoughts?
Definitely no. 4. Gorgeous piece of music - unlike 1, 5, 24 et al.
If I had to choose one, #4
It would have to be #4 for me too.
I'm working on #17 right now, and I really enjoy playing the 1st page. The 2nd page, not so much...
#24 has always been my favorite. And without it, we wouldn't have the fabulous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. (Smile)
I like to listen to #6, but some of those stretches are big! Bleh. #4 is also nice to listen to, but I've always thought it was the hardest of the set.
My favourite one is definetly number 24! Especialy the part with the left pizzicato
Just watched Shlomo Mintz play no. 6. It was amazing!
Mintz has always been ptrry much my favorite but yesterday I finally got a CD thta had been on order for about a year that contains some of the best paginin I have ever heard (among other things...). I didn`t know the playing of Steven Staryk. Now I do, and if I had the 500 plus dollars it costs I would go out and buy his newly released life work recordings like a shot. The single CD contained all manner of etudes and it was frankly rather weird to hear Paginini and sevcik on the same disc ;) but it is the most phenominal sound I can remeber. Hiuge and vibrant like Oistrakh at his best.
Which caprice do I like best? I hate all of them. They're all too hard for me. :-)
nonsense. You could play no16 to start with. No problem....
I like the melody in no. 9, the Hunt, just need more practise though.
I like # 5! And when a variation of it was played in the movie, "Cross Roads" it totaly blew me away!
Paganini never hit the depth of genuine profundity any better than the theme of #24. That little theme is simple, even simplistic, yet haunting and endlessly absorbing. No wonder Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Ysaye, and others have been inspired to write their own variations. Paganini's own variations are still the classic model.
the 24.....all of them! Esp. since I heard Shlomo Mintz playing them on the huge Frankfurt Alte Oper stage in one set and since Tanja Becker-Bender put them all on her Hyperion/London debut, on her gorgeous Guarneri del Gesu. My favorites there are La Chasse (#9), the Devil's Laughter (13) and the 24.
In practical terms I followed Mr. Brivati's advice to start with the 16 - no problem (my pace still is rather an allegro than a presto like in TBB's breathtaking performance)
The A flat major one, and the one that starts with minim octave trills followed by scales.
"Play 16 to start with?" I'm working on 16, and it's quite troublesome to get clean. No's 13, 14, and 20 are much easier than 16.
^^^ I think it becomes sort of relative to each player. And anyway, they're all quite difficult. Even the beginning to No. 20, as you mentioned as being easy, takes mastery in order to play it so convincingly and with perfect control.
Nos. 5 and 24.
!!!!!!CAPRICE NO. 17!!!!!!!
No. 24 is quite amazing but WHAT ABOUT CAPRICE NO. 17!!????
u can have so much fun with it. paganini really captures all sort of mood. in the beginning, its somber and serious, then it morphs to become energetic and playful. lets not forget the fingered octaves which are of a grand stature.
caprice no. 17 is my all time favorite caprice to play on recitals and auditions because it speaks as musically as it does technically
My favorite is #4. It's a great recital piece imo, since it has melodic passages as well as flashy passages.
Hm..I personally like the 23rd..It just brilliant...(according to my opinion though) and also the 24th.. Basically all of them are marvelous..
No.22 and 24 are fun, I'm dying to learn no.6 sometime, and perhaps 4 more of them eventually.
The first one I ever played, 16, was so much fun! I think 5 is fun, too. Well, actually, Paganini is like a cross between pure fun and pure torture. Makes it kind of difficult to pick a 'favorite'....
I have a specific question concerning Paganini Caprice #21. Does anyone have an idea about the origin of the lovely aria (duo in 6ths) which is the basis of the piece? It is marked amoroso, so presumably is some sort of Italian love song. Is there a similar song from the era that Paganini may have borrowed?
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#4, esp. the Kogan recording! Best one IMHO.
Bruce - In my readings I have never seen any hint of a original song. And if you try to play any accompaniments to it (Schumanns, or Davids for example) you will se that it sounds quite forced with accompaniment. So I bet that it is an original melody by Paganini that was written to be unaccompanied.
I quite like #2 and #10, but yeah favorite is #24.
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November 11, 2009 at 01:20 PM ·
Ok, so like the really obvious one. 24! I hope to learn it someday.