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VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 (Heifetz) (1935-1947)

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Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.110943
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Heifetz was the first leading violinist to revive the long-neglected concertos of the 19th-century Belgian violinst-composer, Henru Vieuxtemps, recording No.4 in 1935 and No. 5 in 1947. Both are compact works, rhapsodic in structure, which brilliantly exploit violin technique, making an attractive centerpiece for this disc of showpieces. The two Saint-Saëns pieces inspire Heifetz to much witty pointing and seductive phrasing, as do the Sarasate fireworks piece and the Fantasy on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen, written for the film Intermezzo by the Hollywood composer, Franz Waxman. Each has remarkably good recorded sound for the period, well transferred, if with some surface hiss.



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....

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