Paganini Fantasy Nemanja Radulovic

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  • Nicolò Paganini (1782-1840): 24 Caprices for Violin, Op.1 - Caprice No. 5
  • 124 Caprices for Violin, Op.1 - Caprice No. 503:04
  • Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.6
  • 21. Allegro maestoso19:41
  • 32. Adagio05:24
  • 43. Rondo (Allegro spirituoso)09:45
  • Cantabile
  • 5Cantabile04:11
  • 24 Caprices for Violin, Op.1
  • 6Caprice No. 1104:37
  • Sonate No.12
  • 7Sonate No.1204:44
  • Moses Fantasy
  • 8Moses Fantasy06:56
  • 24 Caprices for Violin, Op.1
  • 9Caprice No. 2405:09
  • Total Runtime01:03:31

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When Nemanja Radulović was asked the reason why he chose Paganini for this new record, he didn’t hesitate in giving this simple answer: “To change his image a little, and show that he’s more than the virtuoso composer.” For while Paganini indeed owes his reputation to his unrivalled instrumental technique, in his music Nemanja Radulović also sees a composer who enabled violinists to feel closer to the human voice. “With all the phrasing that he wrote in this concerto, for example, I really had the impression that I was in an opera; I had the different Acts, and I could imagine the sopranos, the tenors...” Nemanja enthusiastically underlines the extreme musical richness in Paganini; he vaunts his particularly vivid, realistic writing, tinted with nostalgia and melancholy, yet also capable of expressing happiness.

“He was extraordinary as an artist,” went on Nemanja Radulović. Not only in his virtuosity, but also in his music’s ability to leave no-one indifferent, “It’s music that needs to be communicated. You can’t play it just for yourself. It really talks to everyone. It’s important to just let yourself go, as soon as you play that first note; you have to give it everything you have,” explained Nemanja, emphasizing the human aspect of the music on one hand, and also its very difficult side where one has to resist until the very end. This is music which drives limits back.

Paganini, obviously, will always remain associated with the 24 Caprices he composed. “At some point, every violinist confronts at least one of these Caprices,” stresses Radulović, who admits to working on them almost every day: he chooses one or two of them, and they accompany him for several weeks. It’s his way of keeping his left hand in shape.

For this record, Nemanja has recorded the Caprices numbers 5, 11 and 24. These are the ones which have left the deepest impressions on him in concerts, but also during his studies and in competitions. He also likes the parallel drawn between their keys: C major for N°11, A minor for N°5 and N°24. The record begins with the 5th, a Caprice which Nemanja sees as a challenge: to reach its conclusion. “You don’t want to let go; it all goes so fast!” N°11 makes him think of Bach, “a very lyrical overture, with great chords.” As for the 24th, which closes his programme here, it is the most well-known: “The theme has been picked up by an enormous number of composers. It’s already a kind of rhapsody variation,” comments Nemanja, who also chose to include the Moses Fantasy, the famous Variation on the G String; this work also takes him back to his childhood, more precisely to his first international competition in Stresa, Italy. He was nine years old. It was the first time that he played Paganini... And incidentally, he’s found a video of that competition: “It’s quite funny seeing a little kid playing this piece. When you’re a child, you don’t ask yourself half as many questions. When you’re nine years old, the aspects that are a bit technical and virtuoso, they all go down rather well. But afterwards, when you’re a teenager at the Conservatory, that’s when it becomes a lot more difficult,” remembers Nemanja. This version of Moses Fantasy was recorded with pianist Laure Favre-Khan and the string-ensemble Les Trilles du Diable, over an arrangement by the composer Aleksandar Sedlar. This record is also about fidelity: Nemanja Radulović has been playing with the Trilles du Diable and Laure Favre-Kahn for a decade... As for Aleksandar Sedlar, he wrote Spring in Japan 2011, the fifth season of Nemanja‘s previous recording.

Nor was the choice of Japanese conductor Eiji Oue a coincidence. Their meeting dates back to Nemanja‘s last competition — in Hannover, the day was his 18th birthday — and the programme was the concerto by Beethoven. Since then, both artists have appeared together: “He gives everything; he’s one of those conductors who are today the greatest, because they go beyond conducting the orchestra. He makes me play, and he makes each and every instrument play, right down to the last,” explains Nemanja. Together with the RAI Orchestra they chose the Concerto N°1, precisely the concerto where Nemanja could particularly feel that extraordinary proximity between the violin and the human voice. (Text by Jean-Michel Dhuez)

Nemanja Radulovic, violin
Laure Favre-Kahn, piano

Les Trilles du diable:
Guillaume Fontanarosa, violin
Frédéric Dessus, violin
Bertrand Causse, alto
Anne Causse, violoncelle
Stanislas Kuchinski, double bass
RAI National Symphony Orchestra

Nemanja Radulovic
At 25, with his performances and his recordings, Nemanja Radulovic frankly addresses to young music lovers.

The "5 seasons" album is his 5th one. Most of his recordings have been on top of sales and international downloading platforms and were acclaimed by the press worldwide: 'Diapason Découverte', 'Choc' by Classica, Res Musica's 'Clé', Recommended by the Strad, Pizzicato's Supersonic etc.

- Bach, Miletic, Paganini, Ysaÿe (solo) for Transart Live label, - Both Mendelssohn's violin and orchestra Concertos, recorded with the Prague Chamber Orchestra for Transart Live label, - The Devil's Trills (Kreisler, Sarasate, Schubert, Wieniawski, Tartini) recorded with his Ensemble 'The Devil's Trills' for the labels Artact-Decca/Universal. - A Beethoven recital (Violin and piano Sonatas n°5, 7, 8) recorded with Susan Manoff for the labels Artact-Decca/Universal. - The "5 seasons" recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with the 'Double Sens' Ensemble, and of Sedlar's new work 'Spring in Japan' with 'The Devil's Trills' ensemble for the labels Artact-Decca/Universal.

He was recognized as the 'International Revelation of the Year' at the Victoires de la Musique (European Association of Artist Managers, MIDEM prize), was nominated as 'Rising Star' and then plays in the most important European concert halls: the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Megaron in Athens, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Philharmonie of Cologne, as well as at the Carnegie Hall. In 2006, he replaced off the cuff Maxim Vengerov in the Beethoven Concerto, Salle Pleyel, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.

He then performs with the greatest orchestras in Europe, Asia and America : Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Rio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Nürnberger Symphoniker, NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg, Orchestra Philharmonic of Ukraine, Orchestre National de Belgique, WDR Symphony Orchestra of Köln, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Madrid RTVE Orchestra, Tenerife Orchestra, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Turin RAI Orchestra, London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra etc.

Since his appearance at the Festival de La Chaise-Dieu in France in 2002, Nemanja Radulovic has taken part in the most famous music festivals : Aix-les-Bains Festival, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Nuits Musicales du Suquet, Colmar Festival, Sisteron Festival, Auvers-sur-Oise Festival, Royan 'Le Violon sur le Sable' Festival, Eygalières, Münster Festival, Belgrade Festival, Verbier Festival etc.

He gives regular recitals with Marielle Nordmann, Susan Manoff, Dominique Plancade, Laure Favre-Kahn, Anne Gastinel as well as with his ensembles 'The Devil's Trills' and 'Double Sens'.

Nemanja Radulovic won many international prizes: Hanover, George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, Antonio Stradivari Competition in Cremona, Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Poland...

Born in Serbia in 1985, Nemanja Radulovic has begun his musical studies in 1992 and won the Prize of October for music of the City of Belgrade in 1996, then the Special Prize of the ministry of Education of the Serbian Republic 'Talent of the year 1997'. He has taken part in master classes given by Yehudi Menuhin, Salvatore Accardo, and Joshua Epstein, with whom he studied in 1998 at the Saarlandes Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Saarbrücken, and Dejan Mihailovic, whose class he joined in 1999 at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade. At the age of fourteen, he moved to France and perfected with Patrice Fontanarosa at the CNSMD of Paris.

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