A casual sampling might lend the false impression that these two discs come from different worlds. Benny Thomasson was one of the most influential "
The most prominent of those who worship at the altar of Thomasson is Mark O'Connor, who could be considered a modern-day Paganini, though violinist Cho-Liang Lin has said that she doubts the 19th Century master could play with O'Connor's rapidity. His latest is a solo recital, and though there are a few selections with guitar or mandolin, it is this 36-year-old's work with a bow that staggers the imagination. His Caprices and Improvisations may be classical in overall tone, but O'Connor's blending of classical conventions with the dancing spirit and devilish ingenuity of
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