on July 28, 2015
I've had the vinyl of this since recording since the early eighties, when I was a young, skilled violinist, and hoped to play these tunes myself. I think the Perlman's recordings are the finest versions of the Caprices. Not only to do you get to hear the most elaborate etudes, ever, but you get to hear them played by a dude with the most amazing technique and tone, ever. I've long-since given up on trying to be either of the P's, have developed a love for the viola and old-timey fiddle, but this recording has made such an indelible mark on my life, that I've made it an indelible mark on my skin, too.
Get the CD. Just do it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
I was very impressed with this recording, and I didn't expect it to be in any way terrible because of the two violinists associated with it: Niccolo Paganini and Itzhak Perlman. You are basically getting a group of compositions composed by one of the greatest violinists in history played by one of the greatest violinists currently living today. Paganini's Caprices are some of his greatest compositions, and they demand total skill and virtuosity when being played. Yet with all the difficulty, a young Perlman (he recorded this in the 70's by the way) is able to play it as if he was Paganini himself. When Perlman plays the Caprices he does so without improvisation and does so in a manner that makes it very organized and fluid. The best recording on this disc happens to be the 24th caprice, which is so powerful and passionate all the way through you get a sense of inspiration when you listen. Its the best recording of Paganini's caprices that I've heard so far, and since the price is right you are definitely getting your money's worth. Don't be discouraged by the recording's age either, because it's been digitally remastered, which makes it sound magnificent.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Great CD, a lot of variety and compelling sounds for a solo performer and single composer. Of course, if Itzhak touches it, it is going to sound great.