Paganini - 24 Caprices (arranged for string quartet) | Nimbus - Alliance NI6113

Paganini - 24 Caprices (arranged for string quartet)


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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6113

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 18th January 2010



Why on earth arrange music written specifically to explore the capabilities of a single violin for string quartet?

Partly, of course, for the sheer fun of the challenge of it. Partly to make explicit the implicit harmonies and counterpoints contained within the writing. And partly, perhaps, to aid the listener to see the wood despite the trees. By spreading the virtuosity around his four players, William Zinn, well known for a host of brilliant arrangements (as well as for his original compositions), reduces the risk of a performance being a solo high-wire act. Itís no longer about a single performer showing off. Itís about the notes and the music that lies between them.

Zinn is also a distinguished string player himself, having held posts in the orchestras of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. Without betraying Paganini in the least, the impression his arrangement gives is not so much a matter of arrangement but of discovery.

The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartetís outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged.

They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East. They visit the United States and Japan regularly and have had highly acclaimed tours of Australia and New Zealand. They are frequent visitors to the UK and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 as well as in concert at many venues throughout the country.

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