Jascha Heifetz

Composers

Biography

Born: February 2, 1901   Died: December 10, 1987  
Jascha Heifetz was the leading figure among the extraordinary group of Russian Jews who dominated violin playing in the second and third quarters of the twentieth century. As a technician he had no superior, and, of all the artists of his time and later, only two or three could even offer a challenge to his electrifying precision of execution. His diamond-point tone and quick vibrato afforded his playing a clarity of line that some felt was Read more almost too perfect, even cold. Most conductors and other violinists -- and audiences -- felt differently and a Heifetz concert inevitably drew sell-out crowds.

Heifetz was born in Vilna, where his father Ruvim was a violinist in the city theatre. When he was three, his father bought for him a quarter-size instrument and gave him beginning instruction. By the age of five, Heifetz had advanced enough to enter the Vilna Conservatory where he began instruction under Elias Malkin. Only a year later, Heifetz made his first public appearance performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The six-year-old was so successful that offers for other appearances came from numerous other venues in Russia and he was hailed as a real prodigy.

When Leopold Auer, then a famous professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, came to Vilna in 1909, he was persuaded by Malkin to listen to Heifetz. After hearing him in Mendelssohn and Paganini, Auer embraced him and predicted for him a splendid future, urging him to come to St. Petersburg and become his pupil.

Ruvim Heifetz resigned his position, sold the family belongings, and took his son to St. Petersburg, but Auer initially failed to recognize the boy and refused him admittance to his home. By the time Auer realized his error, the Conservatory entrance deadline had passed and Jascha had to enroll in the class of an assistant. Six months later, however, Heifetz was able enter Auer's class, and thereafter his progress was astounding.

During an appearance at the International Exposition in Odessa, the reception accorded Heifetz was so explosive a police escort was needed afterward. Concerts throughout Europe followed immediately and, at an appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1914, conductor Artur Nikisch declared that he had never heard violin playing such as his.

Heifetz' American debut took place at Carnegie Hall in 1917, eliciting such observations as "only the molten gold of Fritz Kreisler can be conjured up in comparison" (Herbert F. Peyser) and "He is a modern miracle" (Pitts Sanborn). The ensuing year brought triumph after triumph, with critics vying with each other to offer the most extravagant superlatives. A period of transition a few years later brought some critical reservations as Heifetz sought to move away from the overt emotionalism of his Russian training and become a more objective player. By the mid-1920s, however, a balance had been struck and once again accolades flew as critics and audiences noted a new, more mature approach to his music.

Heifetz became an American citizen, settled in California, and enjoyed the benefit of a long-term recording contract with RCA, amassing a sizeable discography over the years. Throughout his career, Heifetz favored gut strings, perhaps to temper the fine-edged aggressiveness of his attack and the enormous strength of his bowing arm. Early recordings of concertos, made mostly overseas, were gradually redone -- though not supplanted -- with American orchestras and in improved sound. Nonetheless, many of the earlier releases, despite their having been done in short takes required by 78 discs, still compel attention for their unsurpassed mastery. Read less

There are 123 Jascha Heifetz recordings available.

Select a specific Composer or Label or browse recordings by Formats & Featured below

or

Composers

Biography

Born: February 2, 1901   Died: December 10, 1987  
Jascha Heifetz was the leading figure among the extraordinary group of Russian Jews who dominated violin playing in the second and third quarters of the twentieth century. As a technician he had no superior, and, of all the artists of his time and later, only two or three could even offer a challenge to his electrifying precision of execution. His diamond-point tone and quick vibrato afforded his playing a clarity of line that some felt was Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Adagio
Fugue: Allegro
Siciliano
Presto
Grave
Fugue
Andante
Allegro
Adagio
Fugue: Alla breve
Largo
Allegro assai
Largo maestoso
Allegro
Larghetto
Allegro con brio
Allegro moderato
Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
Rondo: Allegro
Largo - Allegro
Andante
Rondo: Allegretto
Allegretto spiritoso
Vivace
Grave
Allegro assai
Allegro con brio
Tema: Andante con moto
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Rondo: Allegro
Allegro vivace
Andante piů tosto allegretto
Allegro piacevole
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con molta espressione
Rondo: Allegro molto
Presto
Andante scherzoso, piů allegretto
Allegro molto
Allegro
Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Trio
Rondo: allegro ma non troppo
Allegro
Adagio molto espressivo
Tema: Allegretto With Variations
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Variation VI: Allegro ma non tanto
Allegro con brio
Adagio cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro
Trio
Finale: Allegro; Presto
Allegro assai
Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
Allegro vivace
I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
II. Tema - Andante
II. Variation I
II. Variation II
II. Variation III
II. Variation IV
III. Finale - Presto
Allegro moderato
Adagio espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro, Trio
Poco allegretto
Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato
Allegro giusto
Andante
Menuetto: Allegro vivace
Allegro moderato
Allegro, ma non troppo
Improvisation: Andante cantabile
Finale: Andante - Allegro
Lento doloroso - Allegro vivace
Allegretto tranquillo
Allegro animato
Moderato
Andante espressivo
Passacaglia: Allegro moderato ma energico
Allegro vivo
Intermčde: Fantasque et léger
Finale: Trčs animé
Allegro molto
Andante
Allegro vivo
Allegro quasi presto
I. Allegro agitato
Adagio
III. Allegretto moderato
Allegro molto
Agitato
Molto quieto
Moderato
Andante moderato
Animato
Tempo I - Animato - Moderato
L'istesso tempo (ma un poco lento)
Moderato assai "Credo in unum Deum!..."
Piů lento "Gloria in excelsis Deo"
Animato - Moderato - Allegro moderato - Tempo iniziale
Molto quieto
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegro furioso
III. Quasi fantasia
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato
Allegro amabile
Andante tranquillo; Vivace
Allegretto grazioso
Allegro molto ed appassionato
Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza; Allegro molto; Tempo I
Allegro animato
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo - Allegro
Poco sostenuto; Allegro ma non troppo
Allegretto
Allegretto ma non troppo
Finale: Allegro
Allegro con brio
Tema: Andante con moto
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Rondo: Allegro
Allegro vivace
Andante piů tosto allegretto
Allegro piacevole
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con molta espressione
Rondo: Allegro molto
Presto
Andante scherzoso, piů allegretto
Allegro molto
Allegro
Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Trio
Rondo: allegro ma non troppo
Allegro
Adagio molto espressivo
Tema: Allegretto With Variations
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Variation VI: Allegro ma non tanto
Allegro con brio
Adagio cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro
Trio
Finale: Allegro; Presto
Allegro assai
Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
Allegro vivace
I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
II. Tema - Andante
II. Variation I
II. Variation II
II. Variation III
II. Variation IV
III. Finale - Presto
Allegro moderato
Adagio espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro, Trio
Poco allegretto
Marcia: Allegro
Adagio
Menuetto: Allegretto
Adagio - Scherzo: Allegro molto
Allegretto alla polacca
Andante quasi allegretto (Variationen)
Allegro
Marcia: Allegro
Allegro
Adagio cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro assai
Finale: Presto
Allegretto
Andante quasi allegretto
Menuetto: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro
Adagio - Allegro con brio
Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro
Presto
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
Finale: Presto
Allegro con brio
Andante
Menuetto: Allegretto
Adagio
Menuetto: Moderato
Finale: Allegro
Allegro moderato
Scherzo: Allegro
Andante cantabile ma pero con moto
Allegro moderato
Allegro moderato
Andante un poco mosso
Scherzo: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro vivace


YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Already a subscriber? Sign In