The Orphee of Violin
The Orphee of Violin
  • Album Title:The Orphee of Violin
  • Item No:Master-137
  • Artists :Various Artists
  • Genre:Instrumental Music
  • Company:ABC (Int'l)Records
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Born in San Francisco on 24 July 1918, the American violinist Ruggiero Ricci has enjoyed a long and ripe career as a violinist in the virtuoso mould that began with his debut, at the age of ten, playing the Mendelssohn E minor concert, which astounded the audience and started him on the road to early stardom. His consecration as a world class "wunderkind," one of this century's few authentic prodigies came the next year in New York when the leading critic of the day wrote: "All that great violinists do, he did.
He made his first tour of Europe in 1932 at the age of fourteen, a highly sensationalized series of concerts with the world's greatest orchestras; he continue to play extensively until, ironically, the Army Air Force put a stop eleven years later to his world travels. He enlisted at the beginning of the war and became "Entertainment Specialist Ricci." During those three years he played and broadcast hundreds of concerts under a variety of unusual conditions, often without an accompanist, exploring and presenting the largely unexploited solo violin repertoire. He remained an enthusiastic exponent of the solo recital, basing a majority of his programs on the solo works of Bach, Paganini and so on world-renowned great violinists. His was the first recording of the unadulterated Paganini Caprices, and he performed the U.S. premieres of both the Fourth and Sixth Concerti. Not surprisingly, Ricci is recognized as having greatly contributed to the world's renewed appreciation and affection for the great Nineteenth Century composers, though he maintained a broad repertoire of over 50 concerti. He has performed the world premieres of several distinguished contemporary composers including Alberto Ginastera, Gottfied von Einem, Alexander Goehr, Joseph White, Gerard Shurmann and Carlos Veerhoff. His discography encompasses the widest repertoire of any violinist. His fourth recording of the Paganini Caprices was made for the first time on Paganini's own Guarneri, exceptionally lent to Ricci by the City of Genoa. He performed over 5,000 concerts in 65 countries.

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