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Paganini: 24 Caprices arranged for Guitar


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  • Performer: Eliot Fisk
  • Composer: N. Paganini
  • Audio CD (May 17, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music Masters Classics
  • ASIN: B000000FR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Capriccio No. 1 In E: Andante
2. Capriccio No. 2 In b: Moderato
3. Capriccio No. 3 In e: Sostenuto/Presto/Sostenuto
4. Capriccio No. 4 In c: Maestoso
5. Capriccio No. 5 In a: Agitato
6. Capriccio No. 6 In g: Lento
7. Capriccio No. 7 In a: Posato
8. Capriccio No. 8 In E Flat: Maestoso
9. Capriccio No. 9 In E: Allegretto
10. Capriccio No. 10 In g: Vivace
11. Capriccio No. 11 In C: Andante/Presto/Primo tempo
12. Capriccio No. 12 In A Flat: Allegro
13. Capriccio No. 13 In B Flat: Allegro/Minore/Allegro
14. Capriccio No. 14 In E Flat: Moderato
15. Capriccio No. 15 In e: Postato
16. Capriccio No. 16 In g: Presto
17. Capriccio No. 17 In E Flat: Sostenuto/Andante/Minore/Andante
18. Capriccio No. 18 In C: Corrente/Allegro/Corrente
19. Capriccio No. 19 In E Flat: Lento/Minore/Lento
20. Capriccio No. 20 In D: Allegretto/Minore/Allegtretto
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Paganini: 24 Caprices arranged for guitar

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B. Regen
This CD is a must for any classical guitar fan's collection.
William A. Marsh
It's brilliant and well done.
Richla

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BLUES GYPSY on September 12, 2004
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Eliot Fisk really took on one of the ultimate challenges of classical guitar in interpreting these dynamic masterpieces of the violin... Eliot succeeded in producing an amazing recording of Paganini's Caprices that captures that gypsy-esque "wild abandon" in the interpretation that is necessary for such flamboyant music... there are passages that are abit sloppy &/or rushed in Fisk's recording BUT even Perlman does this in his wonder-full renditions of these Caprices... to me, it is the passionate spirit of the interpretation that allows me to overlook whatever minor technical flaws in Fisk's playing in this recording... Fisk's understanding of the "feel" of these pieces keeps this fierce music from being boring & pedantic as i have heard in other interpretations of various Caprices... truly exciting listening & unique instrumentation !!! one of my alltime favorite acoustic guitar recordings !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on February 4, 2011
5 stars for sheer daring, execution and preparation. When this first came out it stunned the guitar community, and I have to agree with the earlier review that stated those bashing this are mostly just jealous classical players who are even now still shocked that the easy old guitar chestnuts commonly played for the last 80 years or so are no longer cutting edge and will get little more than a yawn. Notice the bashers always use terminology that is a dead giveaway that they are terrified; a scared classical player will always criticize the tone and dynamics because those elements are completely subjective. The translation of those criticisms is: "That guy's a better player than I am, so I will lash out and try to invalidate his achievements". Don't let the haters keep you from experiencing this great work that broke new ground in guitar. Fisk deserves major kudos for breaking new ground and not falling into the drowse of repeating the Segovia repertoire ad infinitum.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2008
Mr. Fisk's technique is formidable, but unfortunately, it leads him to do things because he can, rather than because he should.

This collection of transcriptions of the violin Caprices is, not to put too fine a point on it, dreadful (a violinist friend of mine used an even stronger word). Nor would anyone else likely have done much better — the music is just unsuited to the guitar.

However, you certainly get value in terms of the total time: it is 79'24".

DISCLOSURE

I received a free copy of this item for review.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dm on October 10, 2006
This is one of those rare instances where technical genius and artistry meet to create a work of art that is both brilliant and beautiful.

Fisk's playing is stellar, and the recording is crisp and clear. He plays all 24 caprices wonderfully, I am especially impressed with #5...I think I played it three times in a row.

Why is this no longer in print? Luckily I found it used for only $6, what a steal! Hopefully you can find it in the library and burn a copy...hey, if no label is going to publish this masterpiece...
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By eflatmajor on February 14, 2013
The cd satisfied me very well,because the tone is so fabulous to show me that from a real guitarist. The cd is nearly brand-new except for the wrap.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
The only draw back I find in this CD is that after hearing it, I feel that any sound that comes out of my own guitar is inadequate. Elliot Fisk, arguably the worlds greatest living classical guitarist, brings the notes of Paganini's 24 caprices to life!
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By Richla on February 1, 2010
I am thankful I ignored the negative comments by several reviewers, and went ahead and purchased this CD.
It's brilliant and well done.
To each his own, but this is fantastic guitar, brilliantly interpreted and executed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Regen on October 16, 2002
Having first heard the 24 Caprices played on violin by the likes of Itzhak Perlman, and having read the sheet music, I didn't believe that anyone could transcribe the music on the guitar.
Was I ever wrong!
Fisk not only pulls off the amazing technical requirements of the Caprices, he does so with feeling, warmth, and spirit, which is difficult enough but almost impossible with Paganini on the guitar.
If you are a guitar player, purchase the sheet music (only available for violin as far as I know) and read along with Fisk. Then attempt one of the pieces yourself. Your appreciation of the talent involved will increase immeasurably.
In the future, whenever someone proclaims about a certain guitar player's technical wizardry, place this CD in your system and listen to Fisk performing the 5th Caprice...and then ask yourself if the virtuoso in question could match Fisk's performance. Sure, sure.
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