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TCHAIKOVSKY / WIENIAWSKI / SIBELIUS: Violin Concertos (Heifetz) (1935-1937)

Composer(s):Sibelius, JeanTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yichWieniawski, Henryk
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.110938
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Peter Gutmann,Classical Notes,

"The result is not just a vastly more enjoyable listening experience, but far more important - it compels reevaluation of Heifetz's extraordinary artistry."

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Heifetz made his first historic recording of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Beecham in 1935, a reading that set standards in virtuosity for generations to come. Next to many later recording, it may be short on mystery, but the passion as well as the brilliance of the playing is very clear, with balanced but the surface hiss is intrusive at times. But despite Sir Thomas’s direction, Heifetz gave the more powerful account of it in early days of stereo...

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Heifetz’s first (mono) recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, made in 1937, as tremendous virtuosity and warmth. The sound is opaque by modern standards but the ear quickly adjusts, and the performance is special even by Heifetz’s own standards. The Naxos transfer, too, is very good and, coming as it does with a classic account of the Glazunov and a fascinating Sibelius, this is a fine bargain.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Heifetz is in a class of his own. The Concerto was recorded in 1935 with the young John Barbirolli, with whom Heifetz formed a strong rapport. It finds him at his most spontaneously lyrical, reveling in the rhapsodic argument. The central Romance in particular is magnetic is its hushed, meditative intensity, with the finale swaggering confidently. The sound is perhaps less vivid than the best recording of the day, but both transfers are very good.

Review By Michael Anthony,StarTribune,May 2001

"Heifetz looms large in 2001, the centennial of his birth. An online auction house sold off a cache of Heifetz memorabilia in February, including the alligator briefcase he used to carry his music; next month, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival will devote two weeks of concerts, repertoire and films to Heifetz.

"And now in record stores on the budget-priced Naxos label are seven CDs containing many of the violinist's early concerto recordings and shorter pieces supported by some of the foremost conductors of the 20th century: Arturo Toscanini, John Barbirolli, Thomas Beecham and Pierre Monteux among them....


Review By Peter M. Knapp,The Patriot Ledger,April 2001

"On price alone, the CD containing the Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski and Sibelius concertos, all masterpieces of the genre, is a huge bargain. Although the orchestral sound hasn't the clarity and glamour of today's recordings, engineer Mark Obert-Thorn has admirably cleaned up and transferred the 78 recordings, warmly reproducing Heifetz's tone. These performances belie the notion that Heifetz was technically dazzling but expressively chilly. His interpretations combine emotional sizzle and the rarified technical finesse that made Heifetz a legend."

Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,March 2001

"Naxos has interestingly chosen the first of his recordings, with Eugene Goossens and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The soloist blazes his way through it, and this remains the only recording of its original version. Both transfers to CD sound a lot better than you would expect from recordings originally made in the 1940's."


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