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NICOLO PAGANINI  

(1782 - 1840)

Paganini was the greatest violinist of his age, exercising a strong influence on the developing technique of violin playing and, through his virtuosity on the instrument, on the ambitions of performers on other instruments. Born in Genoa in 1782, he studied there, at first with his father. He spent eight years from 1801 at Lucca, later as solo violinist to the court of Napoleon’s sister, who was installed there as ruler by her brother. From 1810 he travelled as a virtuoso, at first in Italy and then, from 1828, abroad, causing a sensation wherever he went, his phenomenal technique giving rise to rumours of diabolical assistance. His career went into partial decline from 1834, followed by a significant deterioration in health. He died in Nice in 1840.

Music for Violin and Orchestra

Paganini wrote a number of works for violin and orchestra for his own concert use. These include five numbered concertos, the second of which, the Concerto in B minor, contains the movement ‘La campanella’, borrowed later by Liszt. Sets of variations for violin and orchestra include I palpiti, based on an operatic aria by Rossini, and Le streghe, based on a theme from an opera by Mozart’s pupil Süssmayr.

Chamber Music

Music of another kind is provided in the works for violin and guitar written by Paganini, who also had a considerable interest in the second instrument. These compositions include groups of sonatas and a set of quartets for guitar and string trio.

Violin Solo

Paganini’s 24 caprices for unaccompanied violin provide a compendium of violin technique and vehicles for dazzling virtuosic display. The last of the caprices was used by Brahms for two books of piano variations on the theme, and by Rachmaninov in his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Zauber der Klassischen Gitarre Naxos 8.503060

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Art and Music: Goya - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558178
Instrumental
Art and Music: Turner - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558116
Chamber Music
AUDIO REFERENCE - 24K Naxos
8.550481G
Instrumental
Audio Reference SACD Naxos
8.550481SACD
Instrumental
BACH, J.S. / MOZART: Violin Concertos (Kreisler) (1915-1945) Naxos Historical
8.110922
Concertos
BERLIOZ, H.: Harold en Italie / PAGANINI, N.: Sonata per la Grand Viola (D.A. Carpenter, Helsinki Philharmonic, Ashkenazy) Ondine
ODE1188-2
Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto / PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Nishizaki, Kaler, Gunzenhauser) Naxos
8.572949
Concertos
CANTABILE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556605
Chamber Music
Cello Duo Recital: Maintz, Jens Peter / Schmidt, Wolfgang Emanuel - HALVORSEN, J. / HAYDN, F.J. / BARRIERE, J. / OFFENBACH, J. (Cello Duello) Solo Musica
SM146
Instrumental
CENTRE (THE), Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554903-04DX
Instrumental
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Strings - Great Violinists and Cellists of the 20th Century (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3073974
Classical Concert
DRIVE TIME A.M. (Commuter Classics) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90018
Chamber Music
EIDE, Leo: Whistling Virtuoso BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5001
Chamber Music
EUROPA-KONZERT 1995 - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BLACHER, B. / PAGANINI, N. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVOŘÁK, A. (Sarah Chang, Mehta) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2012024
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 1995 - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BLACHER, B. / PAGANINI, N. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVORAK, A. (Sarah Chang, Mehta) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107164
Classical Concert
GREAT VIOLIN CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501058
Concertos
GUITAR FAVORITES Naxos
8.553999
Instrumental
GUITAR FAVOURITES Amadis
7189
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mesirca, Alberto - REGONDI, G. / PAGANINI, N. / FALLA, M. de / BOCCHERINI, L. (Live at the Klassik musikfest muhlviertel) Paladino Music
PMR0014
Chamber Music
HAYDN: Symphony No. 88 / MOZART: Symphony No. 40 (Toscanini) (1938-1939) Naxos Historical
8.110895
Orchestral
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 1 (1946-1956) Naxos Historical
8.112072
Chamber Music
INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL Cedille
CDR90000-041
Contemporary Instrumental
Mandolin and Guitar Recital: Zigiotti, Sergio / Merlante, Fabiano - PAGANINI, N. / BORTOLAZZI, B. / CARULLI, B. / GRAGNANI, F. Tactus
TC781603
Chamber Music, Instrumental
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 / PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Menuhin) (1934-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111135
Concertos
Music for Violin and Guitar Marco Polo
8.220165
Chamber Music
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FLORENCE: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110513
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - MADRID, LA MANCHA, TOLEDO (NTSC) Naxos
2.110509
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SICILY: A Musical Tour of the Island's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110518
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - TUSCANY: A Musical Tour of the Region's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110520
Classical Concert
My First Violin Album Naxos
8.578215
Instrumental
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2007 FROM THE TEATRO LA FENICE (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107145
Classical Concert
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2007 FROM THE TEATRO LA FENICE (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-CONYC7V
Classical Concert
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 5 Naxos
8.556819
Chamber Music
OPERA FANTASIES FOR VIOLIN Naxos
8.570202
Chamber Music
PAGANINI (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556680
Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
PAGANINI : 24 CAPRICES Naxos
8.550717DX
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: 24 Caprices (Wawrowski) CD Accord
CDAccordACD142
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: 24 Caprices / Caprice d'adieux (Rogliano) Tactus
TC781602
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (Kaler) Naxos
8.550717
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (Ricci) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80897
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: Centone di Sonate / Sonata concertata (Iannetta, Landroni) Tactus
TC781601
Chamber Music
PAGANINI, N.: Centone di sonate: Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 15, 17 / Guitar Sonatas Nos. 34, 35 (La Lanterna Magica) (Keiko Yamaguchi, Conte) Carpe Diem
CD-16297
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: Duos (Kuusisto, Eskelinen) Ondine
ODE1142-2
Chamber Music
PAGANINI, N.: Ghiribizzi (Baschiera) Newton Classics
NC8802161
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: Ghiribizzi (Janssens) Naxos
8.572566
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: Guitar Quartet No. 15 / Sonata concertata, Op. 61 / Terzetto concertante, Op. 68 / Cantabile, Op. 17 (Diaz Trio) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90237
Chamber Music
PAGANINI, N.: La Campanella / Le streghe / Variations (arr. F. Kreisler) (Quint, Cogan) Naxos
8.570703
Concertos, Chamber Music
PAGANINI, N.: Paganini's Daemon - A Most Enduring Legend (NTSC) Christopher Nupen Film
A12CND
Classical Documentary
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Serenade melancolique / Valse-Scherzo (Midori, London Symphony, Slatkin) Newton Classics
NC8802028
Concertos
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concerto No. 5 / I palpiti (Pochekin, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky) Naxos
8.570487
Orchestral, Concertos
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Kaler, Polish National Radio Symphony, Gunzenhauser) Naxos
8.550649
Concertos
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (Rozsa, Slovak Radio Symphony, Dittrich) Naxos
8.554396
Concertos
PAGANINI: Centone di Sonate, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553141
Chamber Music
PAGANINI: Centone di Sonate, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553142
Chamber Music
PAGANINI: Centone di Sonate, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.553143
Chamber Music
PAGANINI: Guitar Music Naxos
8.557598
Instrumental
PAGANINI: Introduzione e variazioni sul tema "Nel cor piu non mi sento" / Violin Concerto No. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-999
Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music, Instrumental
PAGANINI: Music for Violin and Guitar, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550690
Chamber Music
PAGANINI: Music for Violin and Guitar, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550759
Chamber Music
PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1 / SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto (Menuhin) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80041
Concertos
PAGANINI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 Naxos
8.571054
Concertos
POPULAR GUITAR MUSIC Naxos
8.571085
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 24 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262912
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRIMROSE, William: Recital, Vol. 2 (1939-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111383
Chamber Music, Instrumental
PRIMROSE: Viola Transcriptions Naxos
8.557391
Chamber Music
Romantic Guitar Favourites Naxos
8.550296
Instrumental
SCHMID, Benjamin: Concert Pieces Oehms Classics
OC309
Chamber Music
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1944 American Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111087
Instrumental
SITKOVETSKY, Yulian: Art of Yulian Sitkovetsky (The), Vol. 1 Artek
AR-0026-2
Instrumental
SITKOVETSKY, Yulian: Art of Yulian Sitkovetsky (The), Vol. 4 Artek
AR-0030-2
Contemporary Instrumental, Concertos, Chamber Music
SKORYK, M.: Carpathian Concerto / Diptych / Violin Concerto No. 7 / Cello Concerto (Pilatyuk, Kazakov, Odessa Philharmonic, Earle) Naxos
8.573333
Orchestral
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Instrumental
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.572378
Chamber Music
Viola Recital: Chase, Roger - BENJAMIN, A. / ENESCU, G. / KODALY, Z. / JONGEN, J. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (The Virtuoso Viola) Naxos
8.572293
Chamber Music
Violin and Guitar Recital: Chen, Yi / Hannibal, Lars - MASSENET, J. / KREISLER, F. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUBERT, F. / MOZART, W.A. (Melodies) OUR Recordings
6.220602
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Dodds, Daniel - BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. / BERIO, L. / ROCHBERG, G. / ERNST, H.W. / BRAM, T. / MESSIAEN, O. (Time Transcending) Oehms Classics
OC832
Instrumental
Violin Recital: Kavakos, Leonidas - KROLL, W. / BAZZINI, A. / KREISLER, F. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P. / SCHUBERT, F. / PAGANINI, N. / DEBUSSY, C. Delos
DE3116
Chamber Music
VIRTUOSO FLUTE (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-166
Instrumental
VIVALDI: 4 Seasons (The) / PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1 (arr. F. Kreisler) Oehms Classics
OC303
Concertos
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2002 - Open Air - A Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker (NTSC) EuroArts
2051968
Classical Concert




 
 
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