The Art Of Ruggiero Ricci

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The Art Of Ruggiero Ricci

Post by Allen » Tue Apr 19, 2005 12:29 pm ... m_id=83493

Could anyone comment on this box set? Is it worth acquiring?

Many thanks.

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Post by Febnyc » Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:24 pm

Allen: I'd buy it in a minute. These are fine old Vox recordings, apparently, and Ricci is a first-rate soloist. For the price it's quite a lot of music.

Incidentally, my experience with Ruggiero Ricci goes 'way back - and one of my favorite discs is his take on the Chopin Nocturnes. These works sound (is this heresy?) almost better on the violin than on the piano.

I would encourage you to go for this set - I am sure you'll never regret the twenty-dollar output.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Apr 19, 2005 5:43 pm

I second Frank's recommendation. Top performances/5 discs/$20. Snap it up.
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Re: The Art Of Ruggiero Ricci

Post by violinland » Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:09 pm

Allen wrote: ... m_id=83493

Could anyone comment on this box set? Is it worth acquiring?

Many thanks.
To a Ricci collector this is a small price to pay for just the 1935-1938 78s with Persinger his teacher. Recordings that a now exceedingly rare

You know when we look around us today and ask ourselves who will take Ricci's crown. So, who will? We do not have a bravura violinist who has specialised in the type of repertoire that Ricci has encompassed. There are the odd recordings of Ole Bull, Ernest Schubert etc, but not played with the absolute confidence and power we get from Ricci hands.

The nearest have heard has been, possibly Gidon Kramer, Leonid Kogan at his very best and the young Alexander Markov who makes his Sergi Peresson violin (which I heard him play in his dressing room and is quite modern) sound like Pagnini’s “Il Cannone.”

Personally I have never regarded Ricci as a great concerto player, again this might stem from the fact that he has spent the greater part of his violin live playing compositions that many other violinists steered away from.

There can be few amongst us who would deny that Ricci is the King of the Pyrotechnics. I feel quite sure Paganini would have admired his playing, and may have said here at last is a man who can play my music.

“Long live the King.”

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Post by Guest » Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:50 pm

Twenty dollars or so very well spent. Buy!!


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Post by Allen » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:02 pm

Thanks for all the responses. Snapped it up already.



Post by Guest » Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:21 am

What a marvellous name, isn't it? So much better than mine. Very jesuit and cardinalesque...


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