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PAGANINI AT THE PIANO

(arr. & var. by Mark HAMBOURG • Ferruccio BUSONI • Michael ZADORA • Ignaz FRIEDMAN • Boris PAPANDOPULO)


  • Goran Filipec, piano

In the years between 1902 and 1914 some of the world’s greatest pianists published a series of works that explored the lyricism and virtuosity of Paganini’s Caprices. Busoni was the greatest figure among them, but he considered Mark Hambourg to be the greatest pianistic talent of his generation. Both Michael Zadora and Ignaz Friedman carried out inventive free transcriptions while years later the Croatian Boris Papandopulo infused the pungent flavours of mid-20th-century idioms into the genre.

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Tracklist

Hambourg, Mark
1
Variations on a theme by Paganini (1902) * (00:15:58)
Busoni, Ferruccio
2
An die Jugend: IV. Introduzione e Capriccio (Paganinesco) (1909) (00:05:44)
Zadora, Michael
3
Eine Paganini-Caprice (1911) * (00:06:24)
4
Paganini - 24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 19 in E-Flat Major (1913) * (00:02:56)
Friedman, Ignaz
5
Studies on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 47b (1914) (00:16:00)
Papandopulo, Boris
 
3 Capriccios after Paganini (1981) (00:07:41 )
6
No. 1. Corrente (after Paganini's Op. 1, No. 18) * (00:02:20)
7
No. 2. Moderato (after Paganini's Op. 1, No. 14) * (00:02:10)
8
No. 3. Ad libitum - Agitato (after Paganini's Op. 1, No. 5) * (00:03:10)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:54:42

The Artist

Goran Filipec A pianist of fiery energy and captivating performing style inspired by the legendary piano traditions of the early 20th century, Goran Filipec (Rijeka, 1981) is acclaimed by critics from Argentina to New York and London for his “poetic, brilliant and refined performances”. Primarily renowned as a remarkable Lisztian, Goran Filipec endeavours in the domain of musical interpretation consist primarily of the perpetual rediscovery of emotional values of the music in question, and its relative subtraction from historicisation. Starting from this point, Filipec creates vibrant audible representations of the interpreted music in the spirit of the so-called "grand style," which occasionally unites interpretation and arrangement.

Reviews

“The longer one hears the recording, the more one moves away from initial skepticism to enthusiasm… The whole of the 19th century is represented in these arrangements, and Filipec presents them to us as if on a silver plate: glittering, fiery and powerful in sound—simply brilliant.” – Piano News

“Filipec is an exciting prospect and his programme is most valuable. ” – Gramophone

“Goran Filipec is a powerhouse pianist, and it’s just as well because no less would do for the repertoire on his latest recording” – The WholeNote

“In Filipec, we see his marked and versatile musical personality, the breathtaking virtuosity, the freshness of inspiration, the sense of the grandiose and the magniloquence, the imperious and almost whipping incisiveness of touch, the resolute impetuosity and urgency, the charm and grace…” – La Voce del Popolo

Infodad.com

“…this disc offers a chance to hear some fascinating reinterpretations of Paganini’s music on an instrument for which he never wrote, but one that is able to produce effects as impressive in their way as Paganini’s own were on the violin.” – Infodad.com

ClassicsToday.com

“Ignaz Friedman’s Paganini Studies operate on a higher level of musical imagination and pianistic ingenuity, and Filipec clearly revels in the idiom, milking the slower variations for all they’re worth, albeit within the bounds of good taste.” – ClassicsToday.com