Ruggiero Ricci: Complete Decca Recordings | Australian Eloquence ELQ4842150

Ruggiero Ricci: Complete Decca Recordings

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4842150

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 20

Release Date: 19th November 2021

Contents

Works

Achron, Joseph

Hebrew Melody, op.33

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Partita for solo violin no.2 in D minor, BWV1004
Sonata for solo violin no.1 in G minor, BWV1001

Bartok, Bela

Sonata for solo violin, Sz117 BB124

Bazzini, Antonio

La Ronde des lutins, op.25

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Violin Concerto in D major, op.61
Violin Sonata no.7 in C minor, op.30 no.2
Violin Sonata no.10 in G major, op.96

Brahms, Johannes

Violin Sonata no.1 in G major, op.78
Violin Sonata no.2 in A major, op.100
Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, op.108

Bruch, Max

Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.20 in C sharp minor (without opus number) (arr. Nathan Milstein)

Dvorak, Antonin

Violin Concerto in A minor, op.53

Elgar, Edward

La Capricieuse, op.17

Hindemith, Paul

Sonata for solo violin, op.31 no.1
Sonata for solo violin, op.31 no.2

Hubay, Jeno

Blumenleben (6) for violin and piano, op.30
» no.5 Der Zephir

Khachaturian, Aram

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.46

Kroll, William

Banjo and Fiddle

Lalo, Edouard

Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Pieces (2), op.45
» no.2 Guitarre (arr. Sarasate for violin and piano)

Paganini, Nicolo

Caprices (24) for solo violin, op.1
Fantasia on the G string (after Rossini's 'Mose in Egitto')
Introduction and Variations on 'Nel cor piu non mi sento' by Paisiello, op.38 MS44
I palpiti, op.13 MS77 (arr. F Kreisler)
La Campanella (arr. Kochanski)
Le Streghe, op.8 MS19 (arr. F Kreisler for violin and piano)
Moto perpetuo, op.11, MS72
Sonatas for violin and guitar (6), op.3 MS27
» no.6 in E minor
Variations for solo violin on 'God Save the King', op.9 MS56
Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.6
Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7

Prokofiev, Sergei

Sonata for solo violin, op.115
Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.19
Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.63
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.94a

Ravel, Maurice

Tzigane

Saint-Saens, Camille

Havanaise, op.83
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28

Sarasate, Pablo de

Caprice basque, op.24
Carmen Fantasy, op.25
Danzas Espanolas (8)
Introduction et Tarantelle, op.43
Jota Aragonesa, op.27
Zigeunerweisen, op.20

Sibelius, Jean

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47

Smetana, Bedrich

From the Homeland
» Andantino 'Bohemian Fantasie'

Strauss, Richard

Violin Sonata in E flat major, op.18 TrV151

Stravinsky, Igor

Elegy for solo violin

Suk, Josef

Pieces (4) for violin and piano, op.17
» no.4 Burleska

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Serenade melancholique in B flat minor, op.26
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, op.42
» no.2 Scherzo
Suite no.3 in G major, op.55
Suite no.4 in G major, op.61 'Mozartiana'
Swan Lake, op.20 (excerpts)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Vecsey, Franz von

Le Vent (Caprice no.1 in A minor)

Weber, Carl Maria von

Violin Sonatas (6), op.10

Wieniawski, Henryk

Scherzo tarantelle, op.16

Artists

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)
Carlo Bussotti (piano)
Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Julius Katchen (piano)
Ernest Lush (piano)
Louis Persinger (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductors

Ernest Ansermet
Adrian Boult
Anthony Collins
Anatole Fistoulari
Oivin Fjeldstad
Jean Fournet
Piero Gamba
Malcolm Sargent

Works

Achron, Joseph

Hebrew Melody, op.33

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Partita for solo violin no.2 in D minor, BWV1004
Sonata for solo violin no.1 in G minor, BWV1001

Bartok, Bela

Sonata for solo violin, Sz117 BB124

Bazzini, Antonio

La Ronde des lutins, op.25

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Violin Concerto in D major, op.61
Violin Sonata no.7 in C minor, op.30 no.2
Violin Sonata no.10 in G major, op.96

Brahms, Johannes

Violin Sonata no.1 in G major, op.78
Violin Sonata no.2 in A major, op.100
Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, op.108

Bruch, Max

Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.20 in C sharp minor (without opus number) (arr. Nathan Milstein)

Dvorak, Antonin

Violin Concerto in A minor, op.53

Elgar, Edward

La Capricieuse, op.17

Hindemith, Paul

Sonata for solo violin, op.31 no.1
Sonata for solo violin, op.31 no.2

Hubay, Jeno

Blumenleben (6) for violin and piano, op.30
» no.5 Der Zephir

Khachaturian, Aram

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.46

Kroll, William

Banjo and Fiddle

Lalo, Edouard

Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Pieces (2), op.45
» no.2 Guitarre (arr. Sarasate for violin and piano)

Paganini, Nicolo

Caprices (24) for solo violin, op.1
Fantasia on the G string (after Rossini's 'Mose in Egitto')
Introduction and Variations on 'Nel cor piu non mi sento' by Paisiello, op.38 MS44
I palpiti, op.13 MS77 (arr. F Kreisler)
La Campanella (arr. Kochanski)
Le Streghe, op.8 MS19 (arr. F Kreisler for violin and piano)
Moto perpetuo, op.11, MS72
Sonatas for violin and guitar (6), op.3 MS27
» no.6 in E minor
Variations for solo violin on 'God Save the King', op.9 MS56
Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.6
Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7

Prokofiev, Sergei

Sonata for solo violin, op.115
Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.19
Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.63
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.94a

Ravel, Maurice

Tzigane

Saint-Saens, Camille

Havanaise, op.83
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28

Sarasate, Pablo de

Caprice basque, op.24
Carmen Fantasy, op.25
Danzas Espanolas (8)
Introduction et Tarantelle, op.43
Jota Aragonesa, op.27
Zigeunerweisen, op.20

Sibelius, Jean

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47

Smetana, Bedrich

From the Homeland
» Andantino 'Bohemian Fantasie'

Strauss, Richard

Violin Sonata in E flat major, op.18 TrV151

Stravinsky, Igor

Elegy for solo violin

Suk, Josef

Pieces (4) for violin and piano, op.17
» no.4 Burleska

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Serenade melancholique in B flat minor, op.26
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, op.42
» no.2 Scherzo
Suite no.3 in G major, op.55
Suite no.4 in G major, op.61 'Mozartiana'
Swan Lake, op.20 (excerpts)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Vecsey, Franz von

Le Vent (Caprice no.1 in A minor)

Weber, Carl Maria von

Violin Sonatas (6), op.10

Wieniawski, Henryk

Scherzo tarantelle, op.16

Artists

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)
Carlo Bussotti (piano)
Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Julius Katchen (piano)
Ernest Lush (piano)
Louis Persinger (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductors

Ernest Ansermet
Adrian Boult
Anthony Collins
Anatole Fistoulari
Oivin Fjeldstad
Jean Fournet
Piero Gamba
Malcolm Sargent

About

The most complete tribute ever issued to the fiendish fingers and sublime artistry of a true virtuoso, Ruggiero Ricci - a feast of concerto, solo and recital repertoire recorded by Ricci, collected together for the first time, and including a previously unpublished set of the Brahms Violin Sonatas.

This 20-CD Limited Edition boxset complete with original jackets is divided into three sections: Violin and Orchestra; Solo Violin; Violin and Piano.

Born Roger Rich to an Italian immigrant father on a Californian army base in 1918, he became Ruggiero Ricci when he was introduced to the New York musical public as a child prodigy violinist. By the time of his debut on Decca – the Tchaikovsky Concerto conducted by Sargent in 1950 – he was an experienced performer and recording artist who had already stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with the solo-violin repertoire he would make his own: not only Bach but also Ysa˙e, Wieniawski and most of all Paganini, whose Caprices he was the first to record complete later in 1950. At the close of the Tchaikovsky sessions, the musicians of the New Symphony Orchestra burst into spontaneous applause.

A new and typically illuminating essay by Tully Potter on Ricci’s life and recorded legacy draws on previously unpublished correspondence and sheds light on the background to many of these recordings.

Notable records of Ricci’s famous cantabile in concerto repertoire include a hugely influential Paganini album with Anthony Collins and a gripping account of the Sibelius with Ųivin Fjeldstad. There are two recordings of the Mendelssohn (1957 and 1974), the first with another ‘prodigy’, the conductor Piero Gamba, and the second recorded in Decca’s Phase 4 stereo with Jean Fournet. He strikes sparks in partnership with Ernest Ansermet for Ravel’s Tzigane and the solos in Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suites. These (Suites nos. 3 and 4) as well as sections featuring the solo violin, from the Fistoulari ‘Phase 4’ recording of Swan Lake, are included in this collection.

Decca partnered Ricci with several notable pianists for recital repertoire, starting with his former teacher Louis Persinger and including Friedrich Gulda. Many of these chamber recordings (a Sarasate album, sonatas by Weber, Richard Strauss and Prokofiev) were made not in the Decca studios but in Ricci’s home in New Jersey. While he recorded the Second and Third Brahms Sonatas with Julius Katchen in London in 1957, he also taped the cycle of three sonatas at home with Katchen three years earlier. These 1954 performances are issued here for the first time: essential listening for all fans of great violin playing.

“This young American’s really remarkable accuracy in playing the most difficult passages is certain to cause many a trained fiddler to mop his forehead in amazement.” – American Record Guide, July 1951 (Paganini Caprices)

“I look forward to more discs by this first- rate duo … His natural elegance … stands him in good stead in the Prokofiev, where his partner at the piano also distinguishes himself by some most artistic leggiero playing.” – Gramophone, October 1953 (Prokofiev & Strauss Sonatas)

“There is some truly amazing fiddling here ... combining faultlessly brilliant technique with unusually warm tone … A ‘must’ for all violinists.” – High Fidelity, October 1954 (Paganini Concertos)

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