Tedi Papavrami

Paganini: 24 Caprices

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While many violinists have made recordings of the venerable 24 Caprices of Paganini, far fewer have recorded the set more than once. Albanian-born violinist Tedi Papavrami is truly unique, then, with his 2009 Aeon release that includes two complete recordings of the caprices on a two-disc set. The 1997 studio recording, which was previously released on the Pan Classics label, is accompanied by a live performance given in Tokyo in 2001. At first, it may seem a bit redundant or even narcissistic to produce such a release, but on closer examination it really offers a unique opportunity to hear the differences inherent between studio and live performances. Both versions represent the most musical playing of the caprices in memory, focusing more on making an earnest musical statement than merely demonstrating pyrotechnical abilities. It is not surprising that the studio version is the most polished and free of errors; Papavrami discusses the use of multiple takes and splices in studio recordings. The live Tokyo version, by contrast, finds Papavrami having noticeable difficulties with intonation when playing extended octave sessions. Overall, though, the live version features a great deal more spontaneity and freedom. In either case, Papavrami's uniquely musical interpretation of the caprices makes for a welcome addition to any collection.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1
1 2:15
2 3:02
3 3:31
4 5:34
5 2:22
6 5:37
7 3:35
8 2:38
9 3:08
10 2:19
11 3:46
12 2:55
13 1:39
14 1:18
15 2:55
16 1:44
17 3:18
18 2:33
19 2:16
20 3:25
21 3:14
22 2:47
23 4:24
24 6:47

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1
1 2:03
2 3:02
3 3:47
4 5:55
5 2:45
6 5:51
7 3:52
8 2:55
9 3:28
10 2:20
11 4:01
12 2:52
13 2:43
14 1:22
15 3:02
16 1:36
17 3:40
18 2:38
19 2:54
20 3:10
21 3:38
22 2:46
23 3:53
24 5:17
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