Label: Analogphonic / Deutsche Grammophon – LP43007 / DG 437 837-1
Limited Edition – Mastered by Maarten de Boer – Cut at Pauler Acoustics
Pressed at Pallas Germany
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Violinist Gil Shaham and guitarist Goran Sollscher team up for this performance of compositional works by Paganini.
Delightful album that still sets the standard for these varied violin/guitar pieces even though they were recorded in November ’92. Originally released in December 1993. Featuring violinist Gil Shaham and guitarist Göran Söllscher.
“Shaham has a natural temperament for Paganini. He never stumbles over the technical hurdles; the result is a brilliant and exciting set of performances with all the hallmarks of a world-class Paganinian — a round, rich cantabile and a technique that remains subordinate and never interrupts the musical line and flow . . . Guitarist Göran Söllscher is unsurpassed. His vibrant and golden sound — which both accompanies and takes over occasionally from the violinist — imparts an ideal background. There are a few other good recordings of these pieces but they will have to bow to this duo.”
Violinist Gil Shaham, of Israeli descent, was born in Urbana, Illinois during an academic visit to the University of Illinois by his parents. His family returned to Jerusalem when he was two. At seven years of age, Gil began violin lessons at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. At age nine, in 1980, he played for Isaac Stern, Nathan Milstein and Henryk Szeryng, and attended the Aspen Music School in Colorado, studying with Dorothy DeLay. His Awards include the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990 and in 1992, he was awarded the Premio Internazionale of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Recording awards include a Grammy Award, Grand Prix du Disques, Cannes Classical Award, Ritmo Prize and more. Shaham has performed with leading orchestras including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra to mention a few.
The Swedish award-winning classical guitarist, Göran Söllscher, has become known for his broad range of musical interpretations ranging from Bach to the Beatles. At the age of 23, during his educational years at the Royal Conservatory of Copenhagen in Denmark, his international career began when he won the Concours International de Guitare in Paris in 1978. The Deutsche Grammophon label signed him and he has released at least 19 records having sold over a million copies.