Soloist: Hilary Hahn

Composer: Nicoló Paganini

Piece: Caprice No. 24

Nicoló Paganini (1782-1840) was the first true virtuoso violinist, so completely blowing the minds of his contemporaries that people thought he had sold his soul to the devil. The man is gone, but his music remains.

Soloist: Leonidas Kavakos

Composer: Nicoló Paganini

Piece: Caprice No. 5

This insane performance by Kavakos is noteworthy for not just how fast he moves over the notes, but how smoothly he does it. Any faster, and we wouldn’t be able to hear the different pitches!

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