Niccolò Paganini

Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & guitar (or piano), MS 23

    Description by Rovi Staff

    This finely crafted piece, which calls upon the violinist to play solely upon the G string ("per violino IV corda"), opens with a plangent and pensive introductory Adagio, which bears little relation to the lilting theme and variations that follow. The theme is from Gioachino Rossini's opera Mosè in Egitto, and serves as the occasion for a light-hearted, witty, and effervescent exploration of the violinistic possibilities inherent in the G string, which is exploited, in this piece, for all its tonal and expressive possibilities, including, but not limited to, artificial harmonics, flautando bowing, rapid staccato passages, and expressive leaps and slides. Conspicuously absent is left-hand pizzicato. But that is just as well, since the guitar does a fine job of accompanying the violin, and would not benefit from any added imitative effects. Whether or not Paganini ever spent time in prison armed only with a one-stringed (G string) violin, as legend has it, is matter for speculation. But it is clear that, through exercises such as playing solely upon the G string, Paganini was able to achieve a level of intonational exactitude unparalleled in his day, and which would serve as a yardstick for the great virtuosi of the nineteenth century, who, to a significant degree, owed their technical prowess to the influence of the great Romantic master of the violin.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Preghiera
    2. Tema
    3. Variation
    4. Rondo
    5. Variation
    6. Finale

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Erato / Warner Classics 566208
    2018 Melodiya MELCD 1002435
    2017 NEOS NEOS 21602
    2017 Brilliant Classics 95031
    2016 Azica Records ACD 71306
    2016 Dynamic DYNCDS 7749
    2016 EuroArts / Warner Classics 555050
    2016 Warner Classics 555054
    2016 Hungaroton HCD 32760
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4795448
    2015 Genuin GEN 15376
    2015 Dynamic DYNCDS 7672
    2015 Claves 509314
    2014 Nasswetter Limited / Nasswetter Music Group NASS 103
    2014 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 13020
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon B001999902
    2014 Warner Classics 5099901928129
    2014 Supraphon SU 41622
    2014 Erato 2564636958
    2013 Avie AV 2280
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94748
    2012 IDIS IDIS 6627
    2012 Alba ABCD 332
    2011 Auris Subtilis 50082000
    2010 Classic Records 2013
    2010 Gega 346
    2009 IDIS 6583
    2009 Naim Classical 118
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926413
    2008 Denon Records 17686
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4777479
    2007 Classical Records 78
    2006 Finlandia
    2006 RSR 6163
    2006 Artek 30
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 IDIS 6439/40
    2005 Vox 3611
    2002 Dynamic 393
    2000 Angel Records 73498
    1999 I.L.D. 642119
    1999 BIS 999
    1999 Dynamic 165
    1999 Bayer Records 100216
    1999 Agora Musica 198
    1999 Cala Records 110
    1997 Erato 0630 14778-2
    1995 EMI Music Distribution 65743
    1995 Orfeo 131851
    1995 Hungaroton 31571
    1995 Teldec 97974
    1994 Koch Schwann 361332
    1993 Denon Records 8118
    1993 Hungaroton 31518
    One-Eleven 93070
    North Star Music 2390
    SNE 581
    Querstand 9509
    Sacem 95016
    Arlecchino 752496
    Largo 5105
    Erasmus 123
    One-Eleven 50060
    Newport Classic 60014
    Foyer Records 63722
    Biddulph Recordings LAB044
    Oxingale Records 2002
    Schwann 11063