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Heifetz - Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: Concertos /Reiner, Munch

Release Date: 05/09/1995 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61743   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
Conductor:  Fritz ReinerCharles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony OrchestraChamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In more than 60 years of public performance, Jasha Heifetz took on some of the world's most difficult violin compositions--and won. On this recording, part of RCA Victor's ongoing tribute to one of the great violinists of this, or any, century, Heifetz shows a master's talent for untangling technical puzzles.
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto is well known for its Russian vigor, a quality criticized by contemporaries as too rough for civilized audiences. Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick complained, "The violin is no longer played but torn apart, beaten black and blue." However, to the modern ear, this vitality is a perfect example of how a performer such as Heifetz can translate raw emotion into a transcendent musical experience.
Read more counterpoint, Mendelssohn's Concerto is a blend of Romantic and Classic styles. Its comparative serenity highlights the craftsmanship of both composer and performer. The seamless structure brings lyricism to the fore.
The final two Tchaikovsky pieces are from Heifetz's very last recording session. "Sérénade mélancolique," was most likely an early sketch of the concerto's slow movement. The festive waltz from Serenade in C Major was always an audience favorite. It is a fitting closure to this album: Heifetz enjoyed performing dances as much as he loved pleasing the crowd Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/19/1957 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 29 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1959 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 24 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48: 2nd movement, Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro moderato
Canzonetta: Andante
Allegro vivacissimo
Allegro molto appassionato
Allegretto non troppo; Allegro molto vivace
Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26

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