Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

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Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

Post by Lance » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:45 pm

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Decca 482 7661, 13 CDs

Ruggiero Ricci (Roger Woodrow Wilson Rich) has always been one of the very special fiddlers for me. I've tried to gather everything he has recorded over the years, but it includes many labels, several of which were hard to find, even to this day. Nonetheless, given Universals takeover of the American Decca label, I was hopeful that one LP would have been remastered and hopefully would find it in this new box, just out. It was NOT included much to my chagrin and I don't know why. It contains some of the finest performances of Pablo de Sarasate's music I've ever heard with Brooks Smith at the piano [Smith frequently was pianist for Jascha Heifetz, also]. [Decca LP 710044, "Ricci Plays Sarasate"]

Nevertheless, this compilation, apparently remastered by Decca's Italian Branch, has come forth with this otherwise exquisite set that brings forth some material from Decca's five-CD set [475 105] issued a few years ago but adds substantially with material originally recorded by British- and American Decca. Lots of Paganini, Sarasate in early recordings with pianists Louis Persinger and Ernest Lush, major violin concertos, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, many Fritz Kreisler items with Brooks Smith, pianist, Achron, Bach, Elgar, Chopin, Bazzini, Brahms (Sonatas 2/3 with Julius Katchen pianist, 1956), Kroll, Lalo, Moszkowski, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Smetana, Richard Strauss, Suk, Vecsey, Weber, and Wieniawski.

A good thing I've kept my Decca LP mentioned above in mint condition! Ricci also made a number of outstanding recordings for American Columbia. Alas, they have never seen fit to come forth with an "edition" for Ricci.

Five stars all the way with an excellent booklet included. *****
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Re: Ruggiero Ricci violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

Post by Lance » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:57 pm

Regarding Sarasate's music as performed by Ruggiero Ricci on American Decca, I discovered that, while Decca Universal has not released this special album, all the music has been remastered from an apparent stereo LP disc. It includes all the Sarasate music with pianist Brooks Smith on the American Decca disc, it also contains the Carmen Fantaisie, Op. 25, and Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 with the London Symphony, Pierino Gamba, conductor. Those were originally recorded in 1959. The balance from American Decca was recorded in 1961. All are studio recordings.

The label is Instituto Discografico Italiano (IDIS 6717), made in Italy very well remastered in Danilo Prefrumo at the Philip & Cyril Studio Vignate in Milano in January 2016. In my opinion, they have definitely fulfilled a need. One is never aware that the transfers came from an LP except for one tiny click that is irrelevant to the sound or music.

For me, this is very good news. I am still hopeful Decca will one day release this from the master tapes. [color]
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