The Heifetz Collection Vol 21 - Korngold, Rozsa, Waxman

Release Date: 6/17/1997
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: 61752
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Despite what must be an incredible clash of wills, Hollywood has continually courted some of the world's most uncompromising musicians and composers. In this 21st volume of THE HEIFETZ COLLECTION, Jascha Heifetz performs the works of three composers who worked their way through the Hollywood system.
Heifetz, who starred in the 1937 film THEY SHALL HAVE MUSIC, was no stranger to the film industry. Likewise, Austrian-born Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote virtually nothing but film scores during World War II; the Violin Concerto included in this collection was written in 1945, at Heifetz's encouragement. One might think that working within the constraints of the Hollywood system might have constricted his work, but Korngold's compositions seem to have gained a heightened dramatic style from the outside demands of Tinseltown.
Hollywood did not have the same affect on Miklos Rózsa's music for film and performance, although a theme from his Violin Concerto was reused in later film work. His collaboration Heifetz on the project was a classic clash of perfectionists: Whereas Rózsa finished writing the Concerto in six weeks, it took another 18 months before Heifetz was satisfied.
It was Heifetz's uncompromising perfectionism that brought out the best in the composers who worked with him. His extraordinary technical skill allowed them to push their writing to the limit. Franz Waxman's 'Carmen Fantasy' pursues its gypsy theme with imaginative energy that feeds Heifetz's showmanship and love of a challenge.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer: Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
2. Concerto for Violin, Op. 24 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer: Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor: Walter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ;
3. Theme and Variations for Violin and Cello, Op. 29a by Miklós Rózsa
Performer: Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
4. Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Franz Waxman
Performer: Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor: Donald Voorhees
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ;
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