Caprice Variations
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A tour de force performance of Rochberg's Caprice Variations.

George Rochberg's Caprice Variations were composed in 1970, and incorporated musical elements that ignited his passions. The work began to germinate in 1969, during an accidental encounter with Brahms' Opus 35 variations on Paganini's famous caprice and this led directly to his Third String Quartet. Eight variations of the Caprice are expanded and revisited elements of this string quartet. Requiring considerable musical, artistic, and technical prowess, the Caprice Variations are very rarely performed. Born in 1995, French violinist Léo Marillier studied at the New England Conservatory and the Paris Conservatory, as well as the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The winner of numerous competitions, Marillier has performed with noted chamber musicians and ensembles in the U.S., Europe, and the U.A.E. and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe. He is the artistic director of the Inventio Festival in Paris. He is a member of the Diotima Quartet.
George Rochberg, composer
Caprice Variations for Unaccompanied Violin
Léo Marillier (violin)

"…A la fois technicien et poète de la matière, le virtuose Léo Marillier n’a pas seulement l’instinct sûr grâce à une technique éloquente et précise ; il comprend et éclaire de l’intérieur chaque séquence, unifiant les 50 jalons vers l’apothéose finale. De sorte que ce qui compte absolument c’est autant la ciselure formelle du cheminement que l’expérience musicale, esthétique, spirituelle qui naît de son déroulement." (

"A new recording of the Caprice Variations has just been made by Léo Marillier. As befits a work based on Paganini’s own virtuosic writing, the demands of this work are considerable, on the musical, artistic, and technical levels, and Marillier delivers. Working on the piece over the past seven years, Marillier brings us a performance that has a world of thought in it. There’s a constant switching of mood between the variations and Marillier takes us with him on that journey." (Interlude)