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Paganini: 24 Caprices arranged for Guitar

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Paganini: 24 Caprices arranged for guitar

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Capriccio No. 21 In A: Amoroso/Presto
  22. Capriccio No. 22 In F: Marcato/Minore/Marcato
  23. Capriccio No. 23 In E Flat: Psato/Minore/Posato
  24. Capriccio No. 24 In a: Tema (Quasi Presto) 11Vars & Fin


Product Details

  • Performer: Eliot Fisk
  • Composer: N. Paganini
  • Audio CD (May 17, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music Masters Classics
  • ASIN: B000000FR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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This CD was a huge disapppointment. It is the least listened to disc of all my classical guitar CDs. The reason for is that its concept, from the start, is all wrong. These caprices simply do not translate well into guitar. The arrangements are so full of fluff that the melodies are lost. And that is a shame. These are some beautiful pieces when played on the violin, but here they, sadly, sound like aguitarrist doing lieele more than showing off. Fisk has done many better recordings than this. There are far better CDs of Paganini than this.
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Eliot Fisk has made some of the most billiant, virtuosic compositions, in Paganini's 24 Caprices, available to the guitar world and the general public. His performances ooze with moments of fire, intensity, subtlety, and virtuosity. Sheer genius! Bravo Mr. Fisk, bravo!
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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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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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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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This CD is such a gem. I was inspired to buy it after I watched the movie "Crossroads". In the final scene, Ralph Macchio and Steve Vai duel it out on guitar for the rights to Macchio's soul. Just when it looks like Macchio is finished, he starts playing Paganini's 5th Capricio in A Minor, and Vai just can't keep up. I knew I had to find that song on CD, and thankfully I did. Not only is the "5th" amazing, but all other 23 Caprices as well are masterfully played by Fisk.
This is truly a CD that I love to put on and just sit back and enjoy. I highly recommend this CD to any guitar player or any fan of classical music.
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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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