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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Ilya Kaler is fully equal to Paganini’s once-devilish technical demands and the phrasing of warm Italianate melody. In every respect his technique is commandingly secure. Stephen Gunzenhauser is a sympathetic accompanist throughout, and the Polish Radio Orchestra play with suppleness and bring a sense of elegance and style to this music. There is no lack of dazzle in the fireworks, and no damp squibs here. With very good notes, this is an excellent example of a Naxos super-bargain at its best.

American Record Guide

"in a class by themselves... simply the best Paganini Caprices I have ever heard"


"a first-rate fiddler, and an excellent musician.... Great value on all counts"

Classical Express

"This one is the best. The best ever, and by a long shot. There's just no contest. The recording, the accompaniment, everything is perfect... It's a piece of violinistic history. Buy it now, or repent"


"Kaler's technique is breathtaking, whether in flying staccato passages of in putting across those utterly persuasive, warm Paganini melodies"

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