There are certain violin soloists who have adopted their instrument as a real extension of his soul. This is - nor more neither less- the case of Ruggiero Ricci a virtuosi who seems to be cold at the first bars of every piece ( as a matter iof fact I had the chance to watch him four times between 1976 and 1985 in Caracas), but once you are involved in the mood of the piece he conveys us to new horizons, thanks his amazing technique and voluptuous sensibility.
In 1961, Ruggiero Ricci was already a world famous violin soloist. He asked the brilliant up and coming Martha Argerich, who was only 19, to join him on a tour to Russia. Part of their recital in Leningrad was broadcast and preserved by the Leningrad Radio. This part is presented here, completely remastered, for the first time ever. The program includes Prokofiev sonata for solo violin that Ricci gave the World Premiere of in 1959, 6 years after Prokofiev's death.
This recording presents 16 different cadenzas for this work, written by Ferruccio Busoni, Joseph Joachim, Edmund Singer, Hugo Heermann, Leopold Auer, Eugène Ysaÿe, Franz Ondricek, Franz Kneisel, Henri Marteau, Fritz Kreisler, Donald Francis Tovey, Jan Kubelik, Adolf Busch, Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, and Ruggiero Ricci. Each cadenza is tracked separately and can be programmed by the listener into the concerto.