Ruggiero Ricci (1918-2012)

     One of the great violin soloists of the past century passed away ten days ago. Originally named "Woodrow Wilson Rich" by his parents (who seemed to have a presidential streak...since his brother was originally named "George Washington Rich), was a child prodigy who became famous for playing the works of Paganini. Ricci was in fact the first violinist to ever recording all twenty four of Paganini's caprinces (in their original form) in 1947. I've heard whisperings that he recorded all twenty four of them in one day, each in one take...but I haven't found any factual proof to back that story up. Either way, its a good story. He inspired generations of violinists, and here are three works he played quite well to celebrate his legacy. Read his full obituary at the New York Times.

Paganini : Variations on God Save the King for Violin and Piano, Op. 9

Ruggiero Ricci (violin), Louis Persinger (piano)

Paganini : Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 : III : Allegro spirituoso – Un poco più presto

Ruggiero Ricci (violin), conductor and orchestra unknown

Ysaÿe : Sonata for Solo Violin in E major "Manuel Quiroga", Op. 27/6 : Allegro giusto non troppo

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

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