Where did you get it? It´s nowhere clearly written.
Paganini´s Caprices are played by Shlomo Mintz, I think.
And the same did Smetana. He wrote his best works including My country with Vltava when he was completely deaf. Unbelievable...
It´s your opinion. But this is for longer discussion. I don´t like this "authentic" interpretation so much. In my opinion it´s not necessary to move back to primitivism. Why to play e.g. without vibrato - just because in past they didn´t know how to do it... Then you would also have to play Mozart with different clarinet, Chopin with different piano etc... Nobody knows what interpretation Bach would prefer.
I can´t stand his intonation. I don´t know if it is a purpose or just the style, but it´s terribly false.
Definitely not. I don´t have any idea about Beyonce...:-) That is task for somebody else.
I don´t know what part you mean, but Death and transfiguration is not there. The titles are written there...