God Save the Queen & King

September 9, 2022, 9:49 PM · Somehow my tribute post was lost, so here's a modified submission. In memory of the late Queen and welcoming the new King, who played it best? I prefer old school sound (honourable mention to the Sex Pistols, but they don't play violin).

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September 10, 2022, 12:05 AM · They are both pretty impressive, but I gotta say, the composition is far from my favorite Paganini.
October 3, 2022, 9:10 PM · Wow this is incredible. I personally prefer Roman Kim's version
October 4, 2022, 3:05 AM · all fantastic. maybe the most difficult violin music ever ,but i do not like this Paganini. in this piece very good is also Kavakos, Zimermann,Repin,Accardo
October 5, 2022, 12:17 PM · If I remember correctly, there is a fabulous recorded performance of this by Ruggiero Ricci. Check it out.
October 5, 2022, 3:24 PM · In 1978 our small city's high desert community concert series had
"scored" violinist Eugene Sarbu for one of its 6 seasonal concerts. It turns out his performance had been scheduled for what turned out to be just one week after he won the Paganini Competition in Italy.

He was still on the "high" for that win and it showed in his playing that included Paganini's "God Save the King" and "Moses Variations" - and I can't remember what else but it was all as amazing as you might imagine such an event could be.

October 5, 2022, 11:08 PM · I agree with Sander.
Mr Ricci did a fabulous concert with our orchestra, including Paganini 1. Then played this as a solo encore. Our leader turned back to me and said afterwards "I've just seen it, and I still don't believe it". I think that would match what all of us thought.absolutely unbelievable, stunning playing. Unfortunately, although this was broadcast, I don't have a copy of it.
October 8, 2022, 9:21 PM · Just listened to Ricci's recording and it's pretty special. I guess he was known as a Paganini specialist for a reason! To some of the earlier comments, maybe it's not the greatest piece of music, but Kreisler said anyone can play a beautiful tune and sound ok, but a master should be able to make lesser music sound good. Or maybe the challenge here is to let the music shine through such a difficult technical work.

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