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SERGEY MALOV Hom­mage à Pa­ganini Pan Clas­sics PC 10360

Dy­namic Rus­sian vir­tu­oso Sergey Malov’s Homage to Pa­ganini stretches from the 17th cen­tury to the 21st, from Domenico Gabrielli and Lo­catelli through Pa­ganini and Vieux­temps to John Corigliano, Peter Chris­toskov, Al­fred Sch­nit­tke, Jörg Wid­mann and Garth Knox. Malov uses four in­stru­ments, baroque and modern vi­o­lins, vi­ola, and vi­o­lon­cello da spalla, lit­er­ally a shoul­der cello, held up with a strap – watch him play it on YouTube. It’s clear that the spirit of Pa­ganini re­mains alive and well, whether in Corigliano’s Red

Vi­o­lin Caprices, a nos­tal­gic, late-20th-cen­tury evo­ca­tion of Pa­ganini-like tech­niques, the folksy take of Bul­gar­ian Chris­toskov’s Du­navsko Horo, the bounc­ing dance of Knox’s Up, down, side­ways, round, or the more chal­leng­ing vi­sions of Sch­nit­tke and Wid­mann. MICHAEL DERVAN

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