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Wieniawski, Vieutemps: Violin Concertos, Etc / Heifetz


Release Date: 04/14/1992 
Label:  Emi Classics Références Catalog #: 64251   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Henri WieniawskiHenri VieuxtempsCamille Saint-SaënsPablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nothing can disguise the infallibility of Heifetz's stunning agility and intonation.

The insert-note here relates the remarkable story that Barbirolli, stepping off the boat-train at 11 o'clock one morning in 1935 after a visit abroad, was told that at 2 o'clock he was to record Vieuxtemps's Concerto No. 4—a work he had never even heard, let alone seen—with Heifetz. Using a score "so yellow with age that the pages crumbled" as they were turned, the work was nevertheless recorded in a single session—a tribute not only to Barbirolli's professionalism and skill but also to Heifetz's confidence in the conductor (then aged 36, two years older than himself), having already recorded concertos by Glazunov and Mozart
Read more with him, as the most able of accompanists. On the face of it, as AS remarked when reviewing this collection on LP (10/87— nla), the combination may have seemed surprising, in view of the different temperaments of the two artists; but it certainly worked. There is a romantic fervour in the performance of this fourmovement concerto (which won Berlioz's praise), and which is notable for the lyricism of its first two movements and the spectacular virtuosity of its one-in-a-bar Scherzo (the first sight of which alarmed Barbirolli, and no wonder) and of its finale, both of which Heifetz dispatches with consummate mastery.

The sound is less good, oddly enough, in the Wieniawski concerto and Saint-Saens's Introduction and Rondo capriccioso recorded only four days later. The orchestra is recessed and compressed, and Heifetz's tone is made to appear rather small, though very sweet (with his quick vibrato particularly noticeable in the lovable Romance): nothing, however, can disguise the infallibility of his stunning agility and intonation, and his spiccato in the finale of the Wieniawski is delightful, as is his virtuosity in the Saint-Saens pieces and, especially, Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, of which it would be hard to imagine a more wonderful performance. The 1937 recordings are greatly superior in roundness and fullness of tone, both of the violin and of the orchestra; and there is virtually no background noise from the original 78s. Terrific!

-- Gramophone [5/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D minor, Op. 22 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1935 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D minor, Op. 31 by Henri Vieuxtemps
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1935 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1935 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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)
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor Op. 28 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Havanaise in E Op. 83 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 (1992 Digital Remaster)

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