🔊 Paganini Caprice no.17
Performed by Sean Lee @seanleeviolin.
Here, Sean performs on his 1999 ex Ricci violin by David Bague. I absolutely LOVE the incredibly difficult fingered octaves passage here and I'd like to thank Sean for taking the time to record this caprice #TarantulaFingers 😂
Next up, Sean performs Caprice d' après l' étude en forme de valse de Saint Saëns, yet another incredibly virtuosic and beautiful piece.
The story of Sean's violin.
The violin was made for Ruggiero Ricci in 1999. David Bague (based in Barcelona) was honored to make a violin for Mr. Ricci, and wrote an inscription to him inside the violin.
To this day, Sean has not found out what it says. When Ricci sold his del Gesu, and eventually also his Balestrieri (when he was in his 80s), this violin by David Bague was his main violin for a few years, while Sean studied with him (when he was age 15-17). At that time Sean was borrowing an old Italian instrument that wasn't his and Ricci wanted him to have a good instrument.
Since Ricci loved this instrument dearly and thought it was a very good violin, he told Sean to commission a new violin from David Bague for Ricci to take (as this was his only violin left), and to take this one.
Ricci said many times, "You won't need another violin for the rest of your life" because he liked this violin so much. So the new commission from Bague came, Ricci took that one, and Sean took this one.
Also, if you guys have yet to check out Sean's POV (you can see from Sean's perspective when he plays the caprices) Paganini caprices series and Youtube Channel, do check them out on YouTube!
It is very cool to see how his fingers jump around while handling the caprices and also offers a new perspective when one tries them:)