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  What about this, Mr. Paganini? - Saschko Gawriloff
  "What about this, Mr. Paganini?" Bach, Veracini, Kreisler, Dvorak, Paganini, Webern

Saschko Gawriloff (violin)
Kira Ratner (piano)
Track listing:
  Classical - Chamber
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Reviews: 3

Site review by Polly Nomial June 21, 2006
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Review by akltam December 26, 2004 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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When I picked up this disk, I was fascinated by the content in it. Saschko played the same song on 7 different violins by vairous makers(Amati, Guadagini, Horvath, A. Guarneri .....). The oldest violin of the group goes back to 1640. Even though I do not play violin but this disk allows us to listen to tonal differences among them. Can we?

This is only a brief review as I still need to listen it many more times in order to pick the violin I like. Saschko played JS Bach Partita d-Moll BWV1004 Sarabande on each of the violin. I listened to it on SACD Stero version only. Yes, I was able to notice very clearly the difference among each of the violin. I think it is rather difficult to be able to distinguish which one is the winner because the performer himself would have a lot to do with it. But having a chance to listen to these violins certainly is somthing that I found very interesting. I found this recording to be excellent and has capture the music information nicely.

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Review by canonical April 27, 2010 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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As already noted, the central premise of this disc is that the same Sarabande from Bach's Partita in D minor is performed on 7 different violins, including an Amati, a Gaudagnini, two different Guarneris, a Strad and a Vuillaume. An exciting and fun project (even if it has been done before). Would an AXB test, open to anyone, pick up a statistical difference? I think not. Can one hear the difference. Yes ... I think my vote goes to the Guadagnini and the P. Guarneri (the latter has an earthy rich sound). The rest of the disc is filled with mostly classic violin/piano repertoire pieces, some of which I know very well from playing them as a teenager:

* Veracini Sonata Concertante
* Kreisler's Tartini Variations
* Dvorak: Romantic Pieces for Violins
* Paganini: Cantabile
* Webern: 4 pieces op.7

Do I like the disc? Nope. I barely made it through the 7 renditions of the Bach Sarabande. Why? Gawriloff's sound, at least on this disc, and irrespective of which violin he is playing on, is scratchy and unpleasant and his intonation is sloppy. The recording sound is poor. Most of my redbook violin CDs sound substantially better. This must rank near the bottom of the pile. The brochure provides copious details about microphones et hoc genus omne, but fails to mention the recording resolution ... which no doubt is something very redbook-ish. It's a 1995 recording .... so don't expect any DSD miracles. The most interesting aspect of the disc is actually the Webern 4 Short pieces which are new to me, and which come across very well.

I also have Gawriloff playing the Ligeti Violin Concerto on DG (world premiere recording made two and a half years earlier in 1993) ... and I had a quick listen to that again for comparison. The scratchiness is not as evident, and the intonation problems are not as evident either, though being modern music, one can often 'get away' with much more, in part because the music is less familiar, and in part because any intonation discordance is less obvious.

Brochure: Excellent notes with pictures and descriptions of the various instruments.
Recording resolution: Unstated: sounds like a bad CD
Recording: 1995
Superjewel box: Yes

Performance: 2 stars
Sound: 2 (stereo)

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Works: 5  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Partita in D minor, BWV 1004
Antonin Dvorak - 4 Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, B. 150 Op. 75
Fritz Kreisler - Variations on a Theme of Tartini
Niccolò Paganini - Cantabile
Anton Webern - Vier Stücke für Geige und Klavier, Op. 7