Pablo de Sarasate

Caprice basque (Capricho vasco), for violin & piano, Op. 24

    Description by Blair Johnston

    Although not actually a part of the series of Spanish Dances released by Pablo de Sarasate between 1878 and 1882, the Caprice basque for violin and piano, Op. 24, of 1881 falls very much in line, musically speaking (and chronologically speaking, for that matter), with those eight folk-dance oriented pieces. In the Caprice basque it is not just the shape and genre that are pulled from the Spanish (or in this case Basque) folk catalog, but also the very melodies themselves. The piece is in two halves, the first a Moderato in D minor that moves along atop a stern, peculiarly unsmooth rhythmic ostinato, the second a series of ever more daring and inventive virtuoso variations on an Allegro moderato tune in A minor. Intricate left-hand pizzicati and, at the very end, a high-flying arpeggio excursion up the violin's fingerboard provide plenty of fodder for the technically-minded, but the Caprice basque is better than a mere etude -- it has, especially in the opening section, a great deal of charm and sophisticated earthiness.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Naxos 8504054
    2016 IDIS IDIS 6717
    2016 RCA Red Seal 88985321742
    2016 EuroArts / Warner Classics 555050
    2016 Warner Classics 555054
    2016 Decca B002454402
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002349
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002300
    2015 Naxos 8578317
    2015 Warner Classics 0825646130054
    2014 Warner Classics 5099901928129
    2014 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 14014
    2014 Decca
    2014 Decca 1997702
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Berlin Classics 1528
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969822
    2009 Sheridan Square Records 29130
    2009 Canary Classics CC07
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926413
    2008 Ambroisie AM 136
    2008 Naxos 2110227
    2008 Alphée / Zebralution
    2008 Northern Flowers 9956
    2007 Scandinavian Classics 220506
    2007 MSR Classics 1226
    2007 Warner Classics 8570260
    2006 Naxos 8557767
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 64559
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 EMI Classics 659642
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 62596
    2004 Symposium SYMPCD1328
    2003 Hungaroton 32188
    2003 EMI Classics
    2003 Testament SBT21323
    2003 EMI Classics 85083
    2002 IDIS 6385
    2001 Decca 458191
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 65963
    2000 Cembal d'amour 111
    2000 Berlin Classics 0011872
    1999 IDIS 303
    1999 Biddulph Recordings 126
    1999 RTVE Musica 000
    1999 Music & Arts 4855
    1999 Malibran Music 135
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 66252
    1996 Sony Classical 67196
    1996 Sony Classical 64536
    1996 Classical Diamonds 4007
    1995 EMI Music Distribution 83177
    1995 Music & Arts CD-855
    1994 Vox 8160
    1994 Symposium 1071
    1993 Vist 417030
    1993 Pearl BVA 2
    1993 Teldec 77351
    1992 Harmonia Mundi 905207
    1991 Arabesque 6614
    1990 EMI Music Distribution 763533-2
    1987 CBS Records 42003
    Classico 114
    Centre Georges Pompidou
    EMI Music Distribution 66484
    EMI Classics
    Opal / Pearl/Pavilion 9851
    EMI Classics
    Arlecchino 90
    Biddulph Recordings LAB037
    Biddulph Recordings LAB035
    RTVE Musica 65069
    Warner Music
    Discover 920129
    Forlane 16583
    EMI Music Distribution 74765