Jascha Heifetz

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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

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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
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (2006 - Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (2006 - Remaster): II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (2006 - Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 - Remaster): Moderato -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 - Remaster): Andante -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 - Remaster): Cadenza -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 - Remaster): Animando
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D K218: I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D K218: II. Andante cantabile
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D K218: III. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (2006 - Remaster): I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (2006 - Remaster): II. Andante
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (2006 - Remaster): III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto No.5 in D Major K219 (2006 - Remaster): I Alegro aperto
Violin Concerto No.5 in D Major K219 (2006 - Remaster): II Adagio
Violin Concerto No.5 in D Major K219 (2006 - Remaster): III Tempo di minuetto
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 22 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 22 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Romance (Allegro non troppo)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 22 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro con fuoco - Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 31 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Andante - Cadenza
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 31 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio religioso
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 31 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Vivace) & Trio (Meno mosso) - Vivace da capo
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 31 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale marciale (Andante - Allegro)
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV1001: I. Adagio
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV1001: II. Fuga (Allegro)
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV1001: III. Siciliano
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV1001: IV. Presto
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allemande
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Courante
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Sarabande
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Gigue
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV1004 (1992 Digital Remaster): V. Chaconne
Sonata No. 3 in C BWV1005 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio
Sonata No. 3 in C BWV1005 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Fuga
Sonata No. 3 in C BWV1005 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Largo
Sonata No. 3 in C BWV1005 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro assai
Trois Mouvements perpétuels (1993 Digital Remaster): Assez modéré
Trois Mouvements perpétuels (1993 Digital Remaster): Alerte
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Preludio
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Capriccio
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Corrente
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Recitativo
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Giga
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer' (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer' (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Andante con variazioni 1-4
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer' (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Presto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major: I. Allegretto ben moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major: II. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major: III. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Molto lento)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
I. Vivace
II. Largo, ma non tanto
III. Allegro
Sinfonia concertante in E-Flat, K.364: Allegro maestoso (Redbook Stereo)
Andante (Redbook Stereo)
Presto (Redbook Stereo)
Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102: Allegro (Redbook Stereo)
Andante (Redbook Stereo)
Vivace non troppo (Redbook Stereo)
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 Digital Remaster): Moderato -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 Digital Remaster): Andante -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 Digital Remaster): Cadenza -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (2006 Digital Remaster): Animando
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D K218 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D K218 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Andante cantabile
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D K218 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto No.5 in D Major K219 (2006 Digital Remaster): I Alegro aperto
Violin Concerto No.5 in D Major K219 (2006 Digital Remaster): II Adagio
Violin Concerto No.5 in D Major K219 (2006 Digital Remaster): III Tempo di minuetto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: Allegro moderato
Canzonetta: Andante
Allegro vivacissimo
Allegro non troppo
Adagio
Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Concerto for Violin and Cello, Opus 102 in A Minor: Allegro
Andante
Vivace non troppo
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (1991 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (1991 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in D Op. 35 (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D Op. 35 (1991 Digital Remaster): II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D Op. 35 (1991 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (1991 Digital Remaster): Moderato -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (1991 Digital Remaster): Andante -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (1991 Digital Remaster): Cadenza -
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (1991 Digital Remaster): Animando
Allegro molto ed appassionato
Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza; Allegro molto; Tempo I
Allegro animato
Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78: Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato
I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Andante
III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Allegro moderato
Scherzo: Allegro
Andante cantabile ma pero con moto
Allegro moderato
Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 99, (D. 898) in B-flat: Allegro moderato
Andante un poco mosso
Scherzo: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro vivace
Modéré
Pantuom - Assez vif
Passacaille - Très large
Final - Animé
Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor: Pezzo elegiaco: Moderato assai
A. Tema con Variazioni: Andante con moto
Variation I
Variation II: Più mosso
Variation III: Scherzando: Allegro moderato
Variation IV: L'istesso tempo
Variation V: L'istesso tempo
Variation VI: Tempo di valse
Variation VII: Allegro moderato
Variation VIII: Fuga: Allegro moderato
Variation IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Variation X: Tempo di Mazurka
Variation XI: Moderato
B. Variation Finale e Coda: Allegro risoluto con fuoco
Molto allegro e agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
Piano Trio, Op. 8 in B: Allegro con brio
Scherzo: Allegro molto -- Meno allegro
Adagio
Allegro
Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108: Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato
Allegro
Adagio; Andante sostenuto
Finale; Allegro guerriero
Violin Concerto Op. 35, in D Major: Allegro moderato
Canzonetta: Andante
Allegro vivacissimo
Violin Concerto, Op. 82 in A minor: Moderato
Violin Concerto, Op. 82 in A minor: Moderato
Andante sostenuto
Andante sostenuto
Tempo I
Tempo I
Allegro
Allegro
Three Preludes: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Three Preludes: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Andante con moto e poco rubato
Andante con moto e poco rubato
Allegro ben ritmato e diciso
Allegro ben ritmato e diciso
Vivace
Largo ma non tanto
Allegro
Sinfonia concertante in E-Flat, K.364: Allegro maestoso
Andante
Presto
Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102: Allegro
Andante
Vivace non troppo
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Preludio
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Capriccio
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Corrente
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Recitativo
Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 RV 31 (arr Adolf Busch) (1993 Digital Remaster): Giga
Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108: Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato
Allegro, ma non troppo
Larghetto
Rondo: Allegro
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: Allegro molto appassionato
Andante
Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Allegro non troppo
Scherzando: Allegro molto
Andante
Rondo: Allegro
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20: Moderato
Lento
Un poco più lento
Allegro molto vivace
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28: Andante
Allegro ma non troppo
Più allegro
Moderato nobile
Romance
Finale: Allegro assai vivace


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