|Remembering Ruggiero Ricci|
|Written by Pete Marinucci|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 21:13|
The world lost one of its truly great musicians this morning. We are saddened to announce the passing of Ruggiero Ricci, violinist extraordinaire, at the age of 94.
Ruggiero Ricci was not just one of the greatest violinists of his generation, but one of the finest musicians and gentlemen ever to hold the instrument. From the age of seven his incredible talent was immediately recognized, and by age eleven he was touring the world, playing for dignitaries and packed concert halls, and earning the praise of his older and accomplished peers. Albert Einstein invited him to perform at his home in Germany, and called the young Ricci a fellow genius. Throughout his career spanning an amazing nine decades(!) his talents amazed and thrilled audiences worldwide, and is one of the most widely recorded musicians ever. Among his many recordings were numerous LPs recorded for our sister label Vox from the 1940s through 1970s.
Ricci was the first to record all of Niccolo Paganini's complete Caprices, a true master's hand being needed to conquer the fiendishly difficult works. Musical Concepts is proud to have reissued this set of complete Caprices originally issued by Vox Turnabout in 1975. We feel that it is appropriate to pay tribute to the great Ricci with some Paganini, and the 'Caprice d'adieu" (Farewell Caprice) is the most fitting piece.
Paganini: Caprices -- Ruggiero Ricci
We also have two more albums featuring Ruggiero Ricci available as digital downloads through iTunes and Amazon.com. These were originally issued as LPs by Vox and are difficult to find otherwise:
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:29|