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Niccolò Paganini (Composer)

Born: 27th October 1782, Genoa

Died: 27th May 1840, Nice

Nationality: Italian

Niccolò was an Italian violinist and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.

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Interview, Fenella Humphreys on Caprices

The violinist talks to Katherine about how her new album sprang in part from conquering childhood demons about Paganini, and how commissioning a host of composers to contribute to a new set of micro-variations on his Caprice No. 24 for the project 'brought some absolutely brilliant people into her life'.

Recording of the Week, Alina Ibragimova performs Paganini's Caprices

The violinist releases the results of a uniquely ambitious "lockdown project" – a barnstorming new account of Paganini's fiendish Caprices, recorded in the late spring of 2020.

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