Magazine article Gramophone

Gringolts Moves to Orchid for 'Everest' of the Violin Repertoire

Magazine article Gramophone

Gringolts Moves to Orchid for 'Everest' of the Violin Repertoire

Article excerpt

Paganini [GC][GC]

24 Caprices, Op 1

Ilya Gringolts vn

Orchid [F] ORC100039 (77' x DDD)

If we agree that mastering and then recording the Paganini Caprices is the violinist's version of climbing Everest, and acknowledge that many before Ilya Gringolts (a BBC New Generation Artist, 2001-03) have achieved that dizzying height, we can consider what is truly special about this recording.

Gringolts is no stranger to the Caprices, having won--at the age of 16--not only first prize in the 1998 Premio Paganini but also two further commendations as the youngest ever competitor and best interpreter, and released a disc of other works by Paganini in 1999 (BIS, 8/99). He claims to have revised his approach over the years and presents here what may be 'a work of archeology' but it is clearly a fresh, modern take on these technical masterpieces.

What he has achieved is to make them playful. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.