Dvořák Violin Concerto Op. 53
Edited by Ruggiero Ricci
Title: Violin Concerto
Composer: Antonín Dvořák
Instrumentation: Solo with Orchestra
This edition of the Dvořák Violin Concerto was inspired by Ruggiero Ricci’s fantastic interpretation in a live performance with the Sydney Symphony, conducted by Louis Fremaux. Ruggiero himself gave me the video from the concert as a gift when I once visited him at his home in Salzburg where I spent lots of wonderful hours together with him and his wife.
When Ruggiero died on August 5th, 2012 I lost a great friend. It was in December of that year when the idea of creating the Dvorak edition was born. Ruggiero never left many fingerings and bowings – I remember while teaching at the Mozarteum he knew the Lalo Symphony espagnole completely by memory as if he had played it the previous night at Carnegie. So, I started to copy every detail from his performance including fingerings, bowings and some special bow positions he used in the Dvorak as recorded on the video. Sometimes I used slow motion or paused the video to look at his hand to get his fingerings. I remembered the way he did changes of position which was helpful at that moment.
It took me about 5 weeks, working in great detail watching the video again and again. In the end I dedicate this to him, to the Master, to which he would say "Good job". I think I was very close to him during those five weeks...
Thanks, Ruggiero, for everything you gave to the world of violin.
Click below to watch the performance of the Dvořák Violin Concerto performed by Ruggiero Ricci that Ernst Schliephake used to make this edition.