Eliot Fisk plays ROCHBERG Caprice Variations

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Cover Photo by Fredric Petters
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Recorded June 6-8, 1993 in the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Weston, Hertfordshire, England.

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This collaboration with Eliot Fisk has been a great joy for me.

What he has done in adapting this work to the guitar from the original solo violin version is no less than a "recomposition". Besides producing an unbelievable extension of guitar technique, he has at the same time explored and utilized every conceivable expressive possibility of the instrument. No Composer I can think of could have imagined these possibilities. One would have to be a guitarist / artist of Fisk's caliber to be able to imagine what he, in fact, did.

There are many "borrowings," in the Caprice Variations. For example, I took some variations from Brahms' two sets of Paganini 24th Caprice Variations for the piano and transcribed them for solo violin. "Borrowing" is a time-honored tradition; no period in the history of music has been without it. There are some, of course, who are offended by the idea or concept of "borrowing" but it is quite acceptable to today's musicians.

Many different styles, asthetics, attitudes live side by side in this work. As a whole it represents Paganini, a host of earlier and later composers, myself - and now in this version, Eliot Fisk.

1. Variation 1: Allegro energico
2. Variation 50: Fantasy
3. Variation 41: Allegro molto(after Webern Passacaglia, Op. 1)
4. Variation 35: Allegro molto; fantastico
5. Variation 5Poco agitato ma con molto rubato
6. Variation 20: Quasi cadenza; andante con molto espressivo
7. Variation 7: Presto(after Beethoven Op. 74, Scherzo)
8. Variation 10: Vivace(after Brahms Op. 35, Bk. I, No. 3)
9. Variation 16: Andante amoroso
10. Variation 2: Presto
11. Variation 3: Allegro molto e con fuoco
12. Variation 13: Feroce energico(after Brahms Op. 35, Bk. II, No. 10)
13. Variation 39: Elegiac; fantastico
14. Variation 37: Barcarolle; legatissimo e dolcissiomo
15. Variation 33: Moderato; con umore
16. Variation 18: Allegro fantastico
17. Variation 4: Poco allegro ma quasi recitando
18. Variation 14: Alla guitarra; allegretto con molto rubato
19. Variation 6: Poco allegretto ma con rubato
20. Variation 36: Largo; sereno
21. Variation 44: Scherzo(after Mahler Symphony No. 5, Scherzo)
22. Variation 21: Allegro con brio(after Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Finale)
23. Variation 25: Scherzo
24. Variation 19: Vivace; exact rhythm throughout
25. Variation 11: Andante(after Brahms Op. 35, Bk. I, No. 1)
26. Variation 9: Non troppo presto(after Brahms Op. 35, Bk I, No.2)
27. Variation 17: Poco adagio, molto rubato
28. Variation 12: Andante con molto(after Brahms Op. 35, Bk I, No.12)
29. Variation 34: Molto adagio
30. Variation 24: Allegretto
31. Variation 28: Molto agitato
32. Variation 32: Allegro assai; burlesco
33. Variation 8: Languido(after Schubert Waltz, Op. 9, No.22)
34. Variation 49: Feroce
35. Variation 15: Con grazia; un poco agitato
36. Variation 29: Lento ma non troppo
37. Variation 46: Bravura; sempre recitando; in the "grand manner"
38. Variation 47: Arabesque; fantastico
39. Variation 22: Molto espressivo e cantando
40. Variation 30: Poco allegretto e leggiero
41. Variation 48: Moderately fast; fantastico
42. Variation 43: Andantino
43. Variation 40: Robust; do not rush
44. Variation 42: Nocturnal; slow
45. Variation 23: Andante grazioso e tranquillo
46. Variation 27: Aria
47. Variation 45: Presto
48. Variation 26: Con brio
49. Variation 31: Molto adagio
50. Variation 38: Can-can tempo; presto
51. Variation 51: Quasi robusto; (Paganini's theme from Caprice XXIV, Bk. II)


Discography (CD)

# 01612-67008-2 'Guitar Fantasies' Works by Mozart, Couperin, Sor, Poulenc, Weiss, etc.
# 01612-67038-2 'Mountain Songs' By Robert Beaser and A Cycle of American Folk Music.
# 01612-67079-2 'Bell' Italia' Four Centuries of Italian Music - Giuliani 'Le Rossiniane', etc.
# 01612-67092-2 'Paganini 24 Caprices' "Has to be heard to be believed." - Ruggiero Ricci.
# 01612-67097-2 'Vivaldi Concerti' With Fredric Hand(guitar), Orchestra of St. Luke's, etc.
# 01612-67127-2 'Guitar Virtuoso' Latin American Guitar - Mangore, Lauro, Ponce, etc.
# 01612-67128-2 'Guitar Virtuoso' Scarlatti, Bach(BWV 996, 998), J.Jakob Froberger, etc.
# 01612-67130-2 'Guitar Virtuoso' Baroque Guitar - Scarlatti Sonatas, Bach 'Ciaccona', etc.
# 01612-67133-2 'ROCHBERG Caprice' Caprice Variations by George Rochberg. (Arr. by Eliot Fisk)
# 01612-67150-2 'Sequenza!' Luciano Berio, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Scarlatti, etc.
# 01612-67151-2 'The Best of Eliot Fisk' A Compilation of his favorite selections.
# 01612-67174-2 'Segovia' A Tribute to Andres Segovia. - 'Canciones Populares', etc.
# 01612-67182-2 'J.S.Bach' Trio Sonatas The 6 Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530 (arr. by Fisk-Fuller)
# 01612-67193-2 'Canciones Latinas' Latin American songs with Paula Robison(flute)

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