PAGANINI 24 Capricci op. 1 Mintz

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24 Capricci op. 1
Shlomo Mintz
Int. Release 02 Jan. 2009
1 CD / Download
CD DDD 0289 477 7560 7 GOR
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A scintillating combination of edge-of-the-seat spontaneity and technical wizardry, Shlomo Mintz's 1981 traversal still reigns supreme. The Way he throws himself into the paralysing descending and (even more perilous) ascending thirds of No. 1 with a devil-may-care nonchalance still inspires incredulous head-shaking at the sheer effrontery of it all, while the velocity and miraculous left-hand co-ordination of No. 5 becomes increasingly more astonishing each time I hear it. If I could only take one version of these endlessly inventive miniatures to my desert island, this would be it.

Clean as a whistle and devil-may-care, Mintz in virtuoso overdrive cries out to be heard.