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Heifetz - Violin Greatest Hits


Release Date: 06/16/1998 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 63154   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyGrigoras DinicuJohann Sebastian BachNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,   ... 
Performer:  Jascha HeifetzEmanuel BayErick FriedmanBrooks Smith
Conductor:  Fritz ReinerSir Malcolm SargentDonald VoorheesWilliam Steinberg,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraNew Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jascha Heifetz possessed a unique combination of incredible technical virtuosity, luminous tone, and inspired artistry. He set a standard that few, if any, have been able to approach and is considered by many to be the greatest violinist of the 20th century. He dominated the landscape of musical performance from his U.S. debut in 1917 until his retirement from the concert stage in 1972.
This CD offers a glimpse of the brilliance of this legendary performer. The selections are from his recorded output from the time period of 1946 through 1965 and include excerpts from works with which he became closely associated. Heifetz achieved enormous popularity with two works featured in this collection: his own arrangement of Dinicu's 'Hora
Read more Staccato,' and the 'Carmen' Fantasy, written specifically for him by Franz Waxman. Heifetz's performances of both are remarkable and leave no doubt as to why they captured the public's imagination. He demonstrates his extraordinary technique in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and a sublime lyrical sensitivity in the Adagio from the Brahms Concerto. His transcription of Gershwin's "Summertime" displays his singular abilities as an instrumentalist as well as his skill as an arranger. The disc ends appropriately with the Finale from Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor, the piece with which he achieved his first major success. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35: 1st movement, Allegro moderato by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 4/19/1957 
Venue:  Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 15 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jascha Heifetz 
3.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 1st movement, Vivace by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 5/1961 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/18/1946 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/1955 
Venue:  Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Date of Recording: 11/8/1946 
Venue:  Lotus Club, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Brooks Smith (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 4/13/1965 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jascha Heifetz 
8.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: 5th movement, Rondo - Allegro by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Date of Recording: 6/1951 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61: 3rd movement, Rondo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
10.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1952 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 6/19/1951 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64: 3rd movement, Allegretto non troppo-Allegro molto vivace by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2/1959 
Venue:  Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro moderato
Hora Staccato
Vivace
The Flight of the Bumblebee
Adagio
"Carmen" Fantasie, by Franz Waxman, based on themes from an opera by Georges Bizet
Summertime
Rondo: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro
Preludio
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Allegretto non troppo; Allegro molto vivace

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