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German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted performer, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings, including being named 'Artist of the Year' at The Gramophone Awards in 2007. Praised for her imaginative and illuminating interpretations of the classical repertoire, 26-year-old Ms. Fischer is equally lauded for her technical skill, with the Financial Times saying 'She may have spitfire technique... but in Fischer's case the notes are not an end in themselves but purely a means to expressing musical truths.' Julia Fischer confirms her position as a fore most virtuoso of the violin with her assured ascent of an Everest of the solo violin repertoire - Paganini's towering and fiendishly challenging 24 Caprices.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 4.96 x 0.39 inches; 3.67 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Decca
- Item model number : 8952293
- Original Release Date : 2010
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : June 22, 2010
- Label : Decca
- ASIN : B003JVIB9Y
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,599 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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You can see her performing online. Her technique is clear and amazing; it is perfect. Her interpretations are her own, and with every year, they get better as she experiences life. He video-recording as solo violinist on Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" is something that is mandatory for every violin student! This is something to aspire for.
She is a very independent and highly skilled artist. I believe she was playing a loaned Stradivarious violin on the recording of the Four Seasons with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She has played a succession of instruments, finally settling on a modern Italian instrument. I beleive this is what she is playing today. I would truly love to hear her play a violin made by a modern American master, such as the world-reknowned Samuel Zygmuntowicz. SZ reproduced two of Menhuin's priceless instruments (no doubt for travel), and one of his own instruments set a record at auction for an American-made violin, at one hundred and thirty thousand dollars in the early 2000s.
Ms. Fischer does not record prolifically, as do some artists such as Perelman. However, each recording is better than the former. I strongly recommend this recording for its engineering quality, and Ms. Fischer's determination and artistic interpretation!
Her interpretation of the Paganini 24 Caprices has no equal. One can only argue over interpretation, not technique. Her interpretation on this CD is magnificent! Mastering Paganini is a great achievement for a violinist, 24 solo caprices. OMG and she does it. Wunderbar, mein Schatz!
So that, the fortunate premises of a sparkling career debut, her stunning technical skills and an inspired musicality, led Julia Fischer towards the most challenging works in the repertory, whose music is conjured up with quite amazing naturalness and gusto. Recently released by DECCA, the recorded traversal of the 24 Caprices by Paganini accomplished by Julia is literally brilliant and enthralling due to her fresh and insightful approach. A version for ages, could one appreciate, as this music looks in her hands so naturally alive and so effortlessly aroused. Yet, how outrageously demanding and even inaccessible to lesser gifted violinists! Nothing showy in Julia Fischer's rendition, but profoundly felt! The virtuosic glitter is filtered through musical reasons/needs and is assumed as such, just supplying a proper vehicle for feelings and thoughts. Far from being treated as mere technical exercises, these 24 awesome gems require a full range of means in violin mastery at the highest degree and an intelligent craftsmanship. The dazzling pyrotechnics on the four strings comes so naturally to Julia, the music just bursts out of her wonderful instrument (Guadagnini 1742) as an inevitable result of a marvelous inward journey in looking for the deepest truths of the score. And the expected beauties suddenly occur.
The tone emission, the phrasing, the musical insight, the joy of her foray into Paganini's Caprices: all exquisite and charming!
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No hay duda que uno puede preferir en aquel Capricho o aquel otro a otro violinista, si uno busca la increíble magia técnica que pueden aportar instrumentistas como Perlman (EMI), Rabin (EMI), Ricci (Decca) y Accardo (DG), por citar las versiones de referencia de pasado, todas ellas en buenas tomas de sonido. Además de aportar una toma de sonido superior a las ya mencionadas, ya el mencionar a Fischer en compañía de la 'créme' violinística del inmediato pasado, da idea de la calidad de su interpretación que combina excelencia técnica con musicalidad en proporciones mágicas, aunque no siempre alcance el zenit puramente virtuosístico casi inhumano de, por ejemplo, Michael Rabin.
80 minutos de programa en toma de sonido realizada en Munich en 2009 y 2010, que resulta transparente, robusta, jugosa y bien dimensionada, colocando un violín de timbres sublimes en un espacio tridimensional creíble. Sin desplazar a las versiones de siempre, una notable adición a la colección tanto por interpretación como por sonido.