Ruggiero Ricci

1918-2018 Ruggiero Ricci Centenary Edition

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Label: Rhine Classics
UPC: 4713106280134
Catnr: RH 013
Release date: 02 August 2019
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Rhine Classics
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4713106280134
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RH 013
Release date
02 August 2019
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From 1947 to 1956 Ricci played on the 1734 Guarneri del Gesù “Ferni, Duc de Camposelice” and from 1956 to 1999 he usually played on the 1731 Guarneri del Gesù “Gibson, ex-Huberman”, which he purchased in 1977. For him the Guarneri sound (as opposed to Stradivari) was a matter of preference, able as it was to give the required brilliance, colour and attack that he sought. Until 1981 he owned also a violin Lorenzo Storioni c.1779, with which he recorded the 6 Bach’s Solos on 27-28 February 1981 . This 4 CDs set presents live and studio recordings, ranging from 1952 to 1986, including some rarities, never recorded commercially, like the Bartók Romanian Folk Dances (CD1), Bloch Violin Sonata No.1 (CD2), Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.1 (CD3) and Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No.1 Op.75 (CD4).
From 1947 to 1956 Ricci played on the 1734 Guarneri del Gesù “Ferni, Duc de Camposelice” and from 1956 to 1999 he usually played on the 1731 Guarneri del Gesù “Gibson, ex-Huberman”, which he purchased in 1977. For him the Guarneri sound (as opposed to Stradivari) was a matter of preference, able as it was to give the required brilliance, colour and attack that he sought. Until 1981 he owned also a violin Lorenzo Storioni c.1779, with which he recorded the 6 Bach’s Solos on 27-28 February 1981 . This 4 CDs set presents live and studio recordings, ranging from 1952 to 1986, including some rarities, never recorded commercially, like the Bartók Romanian Folk Dances (CD1), Bloch Violin Sonata No.1 (CD2), Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.1 (CD3) and Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No.1 Op.75 (CD4).

Artist(s)

Ruggiero Ricci was born in 1918 in Northern California to a family of patriotic Italian immigrants who named him Woodrow Wilson Rich and his brother (that became a renowned cellist) George Washington Rich.

His ambitious father, a trombone player, instructed his children to become musicians (“either musician or garbage man”).

Ricci’s first teacher, from the age of six, was Louis Persinger, same mentor of Yehudi Menuhin. His debut in 1928 at the age of ten in San Francisco, playing a memorable program of works by Vieuxtemps, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn and Wieniawski, accompanied by Persinger on the piano, astounded the audience and started him on the road to early stardom. His consecration as a world class “wunderkind”, one of the 20th century’s few authentic prodigies, came in 1929 in New York when the leading critic of the day wrote: “All that great violinists do, he did.” There he gave his first orchestral performance, with Mendelssohn Concerto.

In 1930, Persinger introduced him to Fritz Kreisler and Jacques Thibaud on the occasion of a West coast concert tour. Although further tuition by Fritz Kreisler was intended, Ricci decided to go to Berlin to study with Georg Kulenkampff. He learned the totally different “German style” of playing in the tradition of Adolf Busch avoiding glissando and portamento. He continued his studies with Mishel Piastro and Paul Stassevich, both pupils of Leopold Auer, and again with Persinger.

In 1932, at the age of fourteen, he made his first European tour, a highly sensationalized series of concerts with the world’s greatest orchestras. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, from 1942 until 1945, and became “Entertainment Specialist”. During those 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.

Paganini music played a central role during this period. Ricci followed the tradition of Váša Příhoda, the Czech virtuoso, who performed Paganini as a central part of his repertory (Ricci gave the U.S. premieres of both the 4th and 6th Violin Concertos). Giving so much attention to the works of the genoese composer, as he later said, he learned much of the violin-technique from Paganini’s works.

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Disc #1
01.
Sonatina, Sz.55 (1915) “Folk Tunes of Transylvania” (arr. Andre? Gertler): 1. Dudasok (Bagpipes). Allegretto
01:20
02.
Sonatina, Sz.55 (1915) “Folk Tunes of Transylvania” (arr. Andre? Gertler): 2. Medvetanc (Bear Dance). Moderato
00:44
03.
Sonatina, Sz.55 (1915) “Folk Tunes of Transylvania” (arr. Andre? Gertler): 3. Finale. Allegro vivace
01:47
04.
Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op.42 (1878): 2. Scherzo in C minor (Presto giocoso)
03:14
05.
Le streghe (Witches Dance), Op.8 / M.S. 19 (1813) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)
07:49
06.
Polonaise No.1 ‘Brillante’ in D major, Op.4 (1852)
04:01
07.
Largo (arr. Mario Corti)
02:51
08.
Caprice No.17 in E-flat major, Op.1 (Sostenuto – Andante)
02:32
09.
Introduction et Tarantelle, Op.43 (1899)
04:12
10.
Caprice No.14 in E-flat major, for solo violin, Op.1 (Moderato)
01:21
11.
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915): 1. Joc cu bata (Dance with the stick). Allegro moderato
01:16
12.
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915): 2. Braul. Allegro
00:29
13.
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915): 3. Pe-loc (The heavy dancer). Andante
01:05
14.
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915): 4. Buciumeana (Dance of the Butshum people). Moderato
01:26
15.
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915): 5. Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian polka). Allegro
00:30
16.
6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (1915): 6. Maruntel (Fast dance). Allegro
00:51
17.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No. 5 in A minor (Agitato)
02:28
18.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No. 9 in E major “The Hunt / La chasse” (Allegretto)
02:26
19.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No.17 in E-flat major (Sostenuto – Andante)
02:51
20.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No.20 in D major (Allegretto)
03:48
21.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No.24 in A minor (Tema. Quasi presto – Variazioni I–XI – Finale)
05:20
22.
Violin solo Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.27/3 “Ballade” (1923): Ballades. Lento molto sostenuto – Allegro in tempo giusto e con bravura
06:21
23.
«Polyphonic Studies» (6), for solo violin (1864): 6. Etude in G major (Variations on “The last rose of summer”)
05:13

Disc #2
01.
Violin solo Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 1. Adagio
04:10
02.
Violin solo Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 2. Fuga
05:45
03.
Violin solo Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 3. Siciliana
04:06
04.
Violin solo Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 4. Presto
03:26
05.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12/1: 1. Allegro con brio
05:47
06.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12/1: 2. Tema con variazioni. Andante con moto
06:27
07.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12/1: 3. Rondo?. Allegro
04:21
08.
Violin Sonata No.1 (1920): 1. Agitato
10:30
09.
Violin Sonata No.1 (1920): 2. Molto quieto
08:40
10.
Violin Sonata No.1 (1920): 3. Moderato
08:17

Disc #3
01.
Violin Sonata No.3 in E major, BWV 1016: 1. Adagio
04:37
02.
Violin Sonata No.3 in E major, BWV 1016: 2. Allegro
03:02
03.
Violin Sonata No.3 in E major, BWV 1016: 3. Adagio ma non tanto
04:42
04.
Violin Sonata No.3 in E major, BWV 1016: 4. Allegro
03:44
05.
Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 (1886/88): 1. Allegro
07:25
06.
Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 (1886/88): 2. Adagio
04:27
07.
Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 (1886/88): 3. Un poco presto e con sentimento
02:37
08.
Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 (1886/88): 4. Presto agitato
05:39
09.
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.80 (1938/46): 1. Andante assai
06:25
10.
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.80 (1938/46): 2. Allegro brusco
06:20
11.
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.80 (1938/46): 3. Andante
06:26
12.
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.80 (1938/46): 4. Allegrissimo – Andante assai, come prima
07:02
13.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No.16 in G minor (Presto)
01:09
14.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No.17 in E-flat major (Sostenuto – Andante)
02:42
15.
Caprices (24) for solo violin, Op.1 / M.S. 25 (1802/17): No.24 in A minor (Tema. Quasi presto – Variazioni I–XI – Finale)
05:16

Disc #4
01.
Violin solo Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003: 1. Grave
03:48
02.
Violin solo Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003: 2. Fuga
07:29
03.
Violin solo Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003: 3. Andante
04:13
04.
Violin solo Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003: 4. Allegro
04:00
05.
Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96 (1812): 1. Allegro moderato
09:14
06.
Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96 (1812): 2. Adagio espressivo –
05:06
07.
Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96 (1812): 3. Scherzo. Allegro
01:50
08.
Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96 (1812): 4. Poco allegretto
07:23
09.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75 (1885): 1. Allegro agitato –
05:27
10.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75 (1885): 2. Adagio
05:26
11.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75 (1885): 3. Allegretto moderato –
03:34
12.
Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75 (1885): 4. Allegro molto
05:47
13.
Tzigane “Rhapsodie de concert” for violin and piano, M.76 (1924): Lento, quasi cadenza – Meno vivo – grandioso
09:01
14.
Sicilienne, for violin and piano (arr. Samuel Dushkin)
02:20
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