℗ 2021 Chandos

Il Cannone: Francesca Dego Plays Paganini's Violin

Francesca Dego, Francesca Leonardi

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Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7, MS 48  
III. Rondo "La clochette" (Arr. F. Kreisler for Violin & Piano)
Nicolò Paganini; Francesca Dego; Francesca Leonardi
Recitativo und Scherzo-Caprice in D Minor, Op. 6  
I. Recitativo
Fritz Kreisler; Francesca Dego
II. Scherzo-Caprice
Fritz Kreisler; Francesca Dego
The Red Violin Caprices
John Corigliano; Francesca Dego
Come d'autunno
Carlo Boccadoro; Francesca Dego
Cantabile in D Major, Op. 17, MS 109 (Arr. C. Boccadoro for Violin & Piano)
Nicolò Paganini; Francesca Dego; Francesca Leonardi
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 9  
No. 4, Un mot à Paganini
Gioachino Rossini; Francesca Dego; Francesca Leonardi
A Paganini
Alfred Schnittke; Francesca Dego
3 Caprices de Paganini, Op. 40  
No. 1, — (After Caprice No. 20)
Karol Szymanowski; Francesca Dego; Francesca Leonardi
No. 2, — (After Caprice No. 21)
Karol Szymanowski; Francesca Dego; Francesca Leonardi
No. 3, — (After Caprice No. 24)
Karol Szymanowski; Francesca Dego; Francesca Leonardi
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Total Playing Time    63:29
Paganini’s violin, the legendary "il Cannone", made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, is one of the most important musical instruments in the history of Western music. Paganini was the greatest virtuoso of his time, acclaimed throughout Europe and an inspiration to performers and composers alike. On his death, he bequeathed "il Cannone" to his home city of Genoa, where it is permanently housed under high security in the Town Hall. It has been heard on record just a handful of times. Francesca Dego was given the honour of recording with it after the success of her first performance on the instrument, in October 2019, when she was invited to play Paganini’s First Violin Concerto at the Paganini Celebratory Concert at Teatro Carlo Felice, in Genoa. "I feel so privileged to be able to share the soul of 'il Cannone' in a new recording. I remember thinki ng long and hard about the ideal programme and carefully selecting a series of works paying homage to Paganini. The ‘Cannon’ has pretty much only ever been used to record music by Paganini, so the idea of its celebrated tone teaming up with composers who idolised the Italian virtuoso throughout history is really exciting to me!" - Francesca Dego
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