Jascha Heifetz was larger than life, but was he too big for Mozart? The stern patrician of the violin, with his intense, laser-beam intonation and diamond-hard tone, would seem ideally suited for the big romantic concertos for which he was famous, but any fears that he would be mismatched with Mozart will be allayed immediately upon hearing his serene entry in the first movement of the "Turkish" Concerto, not to mention the delicate interplay that follows, by turns witty and sensuous. For the only time in his career, Heifetz is both conductor and soloist, making this the most involving of his recordings of the work. Unlike many virtuosos of his time, Heifetz had no qualms about appearing publicly in chamber ensembles. And, with violistRead more William Primrose and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, he formed a sort of permanent yet flexible supergroup that gave regular concerts in Los Angeles throughout the 1960s. These players, along with violist Virginia Majewski and legendary Hollywood session violinist Israel Baker, are heard in the G minor String Quintet, a work with intimations of the 19th century, here given a taut, urgent, almost Beethovenesque performance. Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Written: 1775 Date of Recording: 10/06/1963 Venue: Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles Length: 26 Minutes 10 Secs.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
William Primrose (Viola),
Virginia Majewski (Viola),
Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Jascha Heifetz (Violin),
Israel Baker (Violin)
Period: Classical Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 08/1961 Venue: RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California Length: 29 Minutes 59 Secs.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 378 (317d)by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Brooks Smith (Piano),
Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria Date of Recording: 12/08/1954 Venue: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California Length: 16 Minutes 38 Secs.
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