Ruggiero Ricci, 1918-2012

Ruggiero Ricci (Photo: Turnabout)The Guardian reports that American violinist Ruggiero Ricci has died. Ricci made over 500 recordings, including landmark recordings of Paganini and late romantic showpieces by virtuoso violinist-composers. He was a mainstay of American independent label Vox/Turnabout. NPR’s Anastasia Tsoulcas has more details on Ricci’s career, including his stint in the US military.

Ricci was a bona fide child prodigy. Here is his jaw-dropping recording of Paganini’s La Campanella, made when he was 12 years old.