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Francesca Dego plays Paganini & Wolf-Ferrari (CD review)

There’s no question Francesca Dego is a terrifically gifted violinist. Just listen to the ease with which she plays the daylights out of Nicolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto no. 1 on her new Deutsche Grammophon release. Her technique is flawless, intonation superb, and the excitement of her playing is palpable. But the Paganini is a showpiece: it’s meant to impress without much difficulty. What can she do with meatier fare? (...)