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The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts Album Collection


Release Date: 05/07/2013 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 545145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAntonín DvorákMaurice RavelJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Gregor PiatigorskyLaurence LesserPaul RosenthalIsrael Baker,   ... 
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony OrchestraOrchestra
Number of Discs: 21 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The renowned artists, violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, joined forces in 1949 at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. Twelve years later, and now good friends, both artists were in semi-retirement from the concert stage, yet enjoyed their evenings of chamber music with friends. Here they conceived The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts as a way to share their love of chamber music with the public. They aimed to present repertoire not often heard in concert and then record them. The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts continued for several years, with a series of performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York that included a range of distinguished guest artists. The last of these concerts was in 1974 when Heifetz ended his Read more performing career. This first ever complete collection of The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts includes Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. The 21 CDs are packaged in mini-sleeves with the original album artwork and feature a new introduction by Heifetz expert John Maltese. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Laurence Lesser (Cello), Paul Rosenthal (Viola),
Israel Baker (Violin), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Milton Thomas (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890/1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles 
Length: 31 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Leonard Pennario (Piano), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 31 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1950 
4.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Artur Rubinstein (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 1950 
5.
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola),
Israel Baker (Violin), Jacob Lateiner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1964 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 28 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Virginia Majewski (Viola), Gabor Rejto (Cello),
Israel Baker (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1961 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 29 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Israel Baker (Violin), Jascha Heifetz (Violin),
Leonard Pennario (Piano), William Primrose (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Date of Recording: 8/1961 
8.
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Israel Baker (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jacob Lateiner (Piano),
Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1964 
9.
Trio for Strings in C major by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1964 
10.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
Venue:  Republic Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 28 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Milton Thomas (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Paul Rosenthal (Viola), Israel Baker (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
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. 
13.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jacob Lateiner (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Sanford Schonbach (Viola),
Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
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 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D 929/Op. 100 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Jacob Lateiner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 35 Minutes 42 Secs. 
16.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Leonard Pennario (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 24 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Three-Part Invention no 3 in D major, BWV 789 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/18/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18.
Three-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 790 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
19.
Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/15/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
20.
Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Israel Baker (Violin), Gabor Rejto (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 38 Minutes 36 Secs. 
21.
Trio for Strings no 2 in B flat major, D 581 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 16 Minutes 27 Secs. 
22.
Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
23.
Double Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 65 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Allan Harshman (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Milton Thomas (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Pierre Amoyal (Violin),
Israel Baker (Violin), Paul Rosenthal (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Kassel, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Hollywood 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
24.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jacob Lateiner (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Sanford Schonbach (Viola),
Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25.
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 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
26.
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. 
27.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in B flat major, RV 547 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Malcolm Hamilton (Harpsichord), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/10/1963 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles 
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs. 
28.
Passacaglia and Sarabande with Variations in G minor after Handel by Johan Halvorsen
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
29.
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. 
30.
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. 
31.
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. 
32.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32 by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Leonard Pennario (Piano), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 19 Secs. 
33.
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 23 Minutes 34 Secs. 
34.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1, Op. 35 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Leonard Pennario (Piano), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 19 Minutes 34 Secs. 
35.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Written: 1775 
36.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello, Op. 29 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  7 Customer Reviews )
 Spectacular !!!!!! April 30, 2015 By David Eicher (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "I have ALWAYS thought Heifetz was the greatest violinist who ever lived. This set only confirms that. But I now believe that Piatigorsky is 100% the equal of Heifetz, therefore making him the greatest 'cellist who has ever lived. The Brahms Double is absolutely the best I have ever heard in my life. CD 18, the Dvorak Trio with William Primrose, and the duets by Stravinsky, Gliere, and Handel is the clincher. Heifetz and Piatigorsky mano a mano on that CD is unquestionably the greatest violin and 'cello playing I have EVER heard. This set is a "must have!"" Report Abuse
 Never Equaled! April 29, 2015 By David P. (Palm Springs, CA) See All My Reviews "These recordings, albeit on vinyl, were the first time I heard most of these pieces as a classical music-struck teenager in the early 60's. The reproduction is wonderful, and catches the true spirit of this music. Listening to these is such a contrast to the perfect but often sterile performances produced now. These were all musicians who were influenced by the romantic traditon of the late 1800s, and it shows. The pace of the second and final movements of the Brahms Sextet in G are breakneck and breathtaking. The final section of the final movement movement also epitomizes the Hungarian spirit that is within Brahms music. These musicians wern't just technicians, they were artists and fully realized multi-dimensional human beings. If you've never heard any of these pieces performed, listen to them here first!" Report Abuse
 So Far, So Satisfying! April 25, 2015 By Nancy D. (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "Temporary commitments have kept me from hearing some of the 21 discs, but, based upon what I have sampled so far, I am SO full of rapturous gladness over the priceless luxury of having decided to add this set of gems to my recording collection!" Report Abuse
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