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Release Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
From his first spectacular performance the eleven-year-old violin prodigy Niccolò Paganini took Italy and the rest of Europe by storm. His success as a virtuoso was due both to his mysterious, demonic aura and to his unsurpassed technique, with countless double stops, flageolets, pizzicatos, and his habit of playing only on the G string. Many considered him to be the best violinist of their age. We are proud to have violinist Ning Feng, hailed for his great lyricism, innate musicality and stunning virtuosity and blessed with an impeccable technique and a silken tone, perform Paganini's virtuosic violin concerto in D major.
Another child prodigy of that time was Henry Vieuxtemps, who enjoyed an outstanding career as a violinist from the age of six, studying in Vienna and Paris and touring Europe, Russia and the USA. The concerto No. 4 in D minor was his own favourite concerto.
"If you had never heard these works before you would gasp in amazement at such fearless, sure-fingered playing from the soloist…he executes all difficulties without apparently breaking sweat…The Vieuxtemps fares somewhat better [than the Paganini]…Feng produces playing of real poetry, with a firm, burnished tone" Gramophone
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, Op. 31