Released (digital): 2003
Label: Nika Records
Madoev's fine feat: all Paganini's "Caprices".
"To make your veins and wrists tremble, the idea of facing all 24 Capricci by Niccolo Paganini in one concert [with no intermission]: this was what Nikolaj Madoev, a young and highly acclaimed Armenian violinist, did in the Church of San Donato [where Paganini was baptized]… Impervious task, not only for the absolute technical domination that it already presupposes, but also for the very wide spectrum of interpretative possibilities that such a "journey" through the 24 pieces entails, quite different from a simple choice, however broad and equally difficult but certainly less complicated in the distribution of the different perspectives of approach. Because the world of Capricci often shines with opposite flashes, contradictions and revolted by the cutting of an analytical irony, by the look of an intelligence capable of crystallizing emotions in their description, transcending their realization difficulties with nonchalance. And in this Nikolai Madoev has shown to possess remarkable authoritativeness and balance in unraveling with safety, after an understandable initial caution, the very accident-filled path, with a marked attention to the melodic-expressive veins, to the fluctuations between cantability and heightened sensitivity, with affirmative and involving instrumental determinations overall, the ironic aspect, sometimes light-hearted, or even those adrenaline drives that in Paganini transform acrobatics and tightrope walkers into amazing visionary explosions. Large audience and rightly conquered by Madoev's feat, greeted at the end by very warm and prolonged applause."
W Edwin Rosasco