RICCI Sarasate: Danzas Españolas (1954) - PACM005

RICCI Sarasate: Danzas Españolas (1954) - PACM005

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Overview

SARASATE Danzas Españolas Op.21, 22, 23 & 26
SARASATE Caprice basque Op.24
SARASATE Introduction et tarantelle Op.43
SARASATE Zigeunerweisen Op.20/1

Recorded January 1954, New Jersey, Issued as Decca LXT2930
(Duration 49'40")

Ricci's home-made 1954 recording of Spanish classics by Saraste

Remastered for finest sound quality


If you want to hear the most amazing virtuouso violin playing, superbly recorded in high-fidelity sound then look no further. Not to be confused with an early US Decca recording of similar repertoire by Ricci, this is the British Decca company, whose famous ffrr recordings set the pace in the 1940's and 1950's for technical excellence.

One does not tackle the repertoire of Spanish virtuouso-composer Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) unless one is both fantastically talented and able to through off the niceties of the conventional repertoire and really let rip. Ricci here at times sounds like he's using at least three hands to play his violin. The short 30s sample above sounds like it should be impossible! This whole recording is a delight from start to finish and is essential listening for anyone who appreciates good playing!

P.S. Note from Decca discography: "This entry was assumed to have been made at West Hampstead until 2009 when correspondence between Tully Potter and Ricci revealed that it was literally a home-made recording. The date is that of its receipt in London and James Walker and Arthur Lilley were probably responsible for post-production work."


Andrew Rose

  • SARASATE Danzas Españolas Op.21, 22, 23 & 26

  • SARASATE Caprice basque Op.24

  • SARASATE Introduction et tarantelle Op.43

  • SARASATE Zigeunerweisen Op.20/1
    Recorded January 1954, New Jersey, Issued as Decca LXT2930
    (Duration 49'40")