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Jascha Heifetz Plays Beethoven: Concerto, Sonatas, Trios

Beethoven / Heifetz,Jascha
Release Date: 08/07/2012 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 1915552   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Schubert
Performer:  Jascha HeifetzGregor PiatigorskyJacob LateinerLeonard Pennario,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles MunchWilliam Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is a distinct danger that our ears may well be killed with kindness by this transfer to CD of all the Beethoven sonatas played by Heifetz. Each volume gives over an hour of generous playing time and, unless one is rigorously self-disciplined, the temptation to listen to far too much at once is almost impossible to resist.

The transfers, of recordings made between 1947 and 1960, are of the highest quality, revealing the very essence of Heifetz's art. In the three early Op. 12 Sonatas, we hear that flinty intonation which, fusing with the mere caress of the bow, creates unique finesse for the brio of the opening of No. 1 and the gleeful quick changes of register in the first movement of No. 3. One is reminded, too, that
Read more unlike so many of his Juilliard-trained successors to virtuosity, there is never any concession to the primacy of polished sound alone: it is always the nature of the instrument itself, the grain of its wood, the pliability of its strings, the tension of the horsehair, which is brought to bear on the nature of the interpretation itself.

It is the Third, E flat major, Sonata which points, too, the happiness of Heifetz's partnership with his pianist, Emmanuel Bay. Overriding the slight and inevitable dryness of recording, there is a sweetness, a simplicity, a quicksilver response which at times achieves the rare feat of enabling the ear to apprehend both players' contributions simultaneously. In the slow movement Heifetz, as if acknowledging where Beethoven's heart lay in this Sonata, is cool, almost distanced from the piano's dominant role.

Heifetz as miniaturist makes himself known in the Fourth Sonata (Op. 23) and in the very last one (Op. 96). For the C minor Sonata, Beethoven's first in a minor key, he refuses the temptation to don the tragic mask, leaning almost nonchalantly on the accents and upbeats of the first movement, and treating the Andante scherzoso with a piquant near-minimalism.

The two big sonatas, on the other hand, are boldy characterized. The Spring is, typically, one of the fastest in the business: this is a true driving Allegro, with the sap rising fast through Heifetz's intense vibrato and his firm, heavy pressure on the down-bow. He makes it clear that molto espressivo does not mean motto adagio in the slow movement: this, too, is marked by a steady sense of direction, with each carefully shaded sustained note carrying through the momentum of the whole.

Brooks Smith is a generally less characterful, more self-effacing pianist in the Kreutzer Sonata. But Heifetz redoubles the attack, never letting us forget that this is the spirit as well as the letter of a true Presto. Stark, biting passages of bowing suddenly draw back to moments of smoky half-voice before the cool air of the slow movement. The theme is penny-plain in its unfolding, the better to offset the electric signals with which Heifetz responds to the piano in the first variation, the audaciously driven moto perpetuo of the second, and the remarkable trills of the fourth.

-- Gramophone [1/1988]
Reviewing the Sonatas

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 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:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 37 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jacob Lateiner (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1964 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Leonard Pennario (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1947 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/17/1947 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Emanuel Bay (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 17 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 18 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/17/1947 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 21 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/06/1950 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 23 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Emanuel Bay (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 17 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 31 Minutes 3 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 22 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), William Primrose (Viola),
Pierre Amoyal (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1951 
Venue:  Stage 9, Republic Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1951 
Venue:  Stage 9, Republic Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
17.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 4, Chorus of Dervishes by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), André Benoist (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 5, Marcia alla turca by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), André Benoist (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 3 in G major, Op. 9 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/27/1957 
Venue:  Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 14 Secs. 
20.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 5 in C minor, Op. 9 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 21 Minutes 9 Secs. 
21.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 34 Minutes 22 Secs. 
22.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 4 in D major, Op. 9 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
23.
German Dances (12) for Orchestra, WoO 8: no 6 in G major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Bay (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
24.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Artur Rubinstein (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1941 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 33 Minutes 56 Secs. 
25.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 898/Op. 99 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Artur Rubinstein (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/13/1941 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 31 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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