After reading numerous times that Paganini would play so beautifully that people would cry, and then also play so ferociously and quickly hat people would be worried about their souls (heh:), I have yet to see any players incorporate this into any of the caprices I have seen.
Caprice 13 (Devil's Laughter) sounds somewhat like laughter, but is never played with the slight rubato and sudden dynamic swells that would make it sound like a realistic laugh.
Also, Paganini's style meant that his pieces should use as many contrasting tone colours as possible and also change the speed of the piece (virtuoso parts at speed, melodic parts achingly beautiful), but I have yet to see a convincing example of this as well, except for one obscure recording by violinist Laszlo Szentgyorg:
Its like everybody who plays the stuff is afraid to actually do what the man himself did while playing these pieces (ex: playing multiple consecutive notes using one finger on one string).
I'm not trying to rile anyone, I'm just REALLY curios as to why we don't honour his music by playing how he would. Though Laszlo seems to have the right idea... :D
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