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New Rachel Barton Pine recording unveils the softer side of Paganini / Classical 101 - WOSU

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The finger-blistering virtuosity of the music of early 19th-century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini is so astonishing that when Paganini performed it, the rumor mill creaked of Faustian bargains. Today, one violinist - Rachel Barton Pine aims to show the lyrical side of Paganini's music in a brand-new recording that moves the soul as much as it amazes the senses. "We think of (Paganini) as this virtuoso guy with all of his pyrotechnical tricks and flying fingers," violinist Rachel Barton Pine said. "But it was obviously his music that touched people's hearts and caused all those women to swoon, not just the virtuosity."  PHOTO: LISA-MARIE MAZZUCCO

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