An immense and amgnificent set of variations by American composer George Rochberg, not just, as the title may suggest, on Paganini’s famous 24th Caprice, but incorporating styles and forms "borrowed" from many other ocmposers, such as Mahler, Brahms, Busoni, Schubert and Beethoven! The work is played on the renowned "Habenck" Stradivarius violin of 1734. Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved is a virtuoso of the first order and a regular Metier recording artist.
“What a recording!… violinist Skaerved, playing on Francois-Antoine Habeneck’s 1734 Strad, handles the work’s many terrors with appropriate style and gusto. These are 51 dazzling variations on Paganini’s wellworn tune. It’s a thrill a minute, and it’s outrageous enough to impress Paganini himself”
“...the performance is so compelling that interest never wavers; the recording is fine; and it doesn’t matter where the music came from since this magnificent instrument enjoys every note. “
“...the journey is an impressive one… I have no hesitation in recommending it”
Peter Grahame Woolf
“This quirky, witty, beautiful and often bewildering 90-minute work’s sense of shape and purpose feels brilliantly complete.”