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(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.



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

Goran Filipec studied at the Academy Ino Mirkovich, Croatia, the Cologne Musikhochschule, the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, including the Auditorium di Milano, The Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Budapest Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, as well as in Japan, South America and the USA. He is a laureate of several piano competitions, including the Concorso Internazionale Franz Liszt – Premio Mario Zanfi (Italy), Concurso de Piano Parnassos (Mexico) and the José Iturbi International Music Competition (USA) among others.



“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


“…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


“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