Capriccio is the Italian word for Caprice or Fancy and in classical music is often used to name pieces which are often free in form, fast and virtuosic.  It can refer, for example, to Strauss's Capriccio - the final opera by Richard Strauss, to Puccini's Capriccio Sinfonico, to Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov, to Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien or to Capriccio Records - a classical music record label based in Vienna.


A selection of articles about Capriccio

CD Spotlight. A Fresh Appraisal - Gerald Fenech listens to music by Hanns Eisler. '... the music is beautiful and expressive and filled with a mixture of moods that reflect the tempestuous times in which it was written.'

Ensemble. Pilgrimages of the Soul - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra

Ensemble. A New Dimension - Giuseppe Pennisi reports that chamber opera is alive and well

Ensemble. The Boys - Bill Newman was at Nettle and Markham's thirtieth anniversary recital

Ensemble. Another Treat - Martinu's 'Mirandolina' at Garsington Opera, by Roderic Dunnett

CD Spotlight. Pride of Place - Piano music by Frank Bridge, praised by Howard Smith. 'A standing ovation for Mark Bebbington ...'

Ensemble. Heartfelt Stuff - A concert by the Amici Ensemble, renjoyed by Howard Smith

Bubbling Energy - An organ recital by Malcolm Riley, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

DVD Spotlight. Radiant and subtle - Strauss's 'Capriccio', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... Renée Fleming ... (sang) like an angel throughout ...'

CD Spotlight - Surpassing 'Thornbury'? '... Partington and organ are thrillingly at one and in devoted service of the composer ...' The organ music of Basil Harwood, investigated by Robert Anderson