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Release Date: Saturday 1 November 2008
Jascha Heifetz was a Jewish Lithuanian-born American violin virtuoso who was born in 1901 and died in 1987. His father was a professional violinist who started to give him lessons when Heifetz was only three-years-old. He then went on to further studies and, when only six, was able to give a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto.
Kreisler, after accompanying the 12-year-old Heifetz at the piano in a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto, said to all present, 'We may as well break our fiddles across our knees'. Heifetz visited much of Europe while still in his teens and, in April 1911, he performed in an outdoor concert in St. Petersburg before an audience of 25,000; there was such a sensational reaction that police officers needed to protect the young violinist after the concert. Heifetz performed with the Berlin Philharmonic In 1914. On October 27, 1917, Heifetz played for the first time in the United States at Carnegie Hall and became an immediate sensation. He became a US citizen in 1925. Heifetz made his first recordings in Russia during 1910-11. Shortly after his Carnegie Hall début Heifetz made his first recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company in the US. For several years in the 1930s Heifetz recorded primarily for HMV in the UK, because Victor had cut back on classical recordings during the Great Depression: many of the recordings here date from this time. His earliest recording in this set was made for The Victor Company in 1925 and the latest for EMI in 1949.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 / Méditation in D, Op. 32
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K218 / Violin Concerto No. 5 in D, K219
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 / Polonaise No. 1 in D, Op. 4 / Scherzo-tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 31 / Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37
Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001 / Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004 / Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV1005 / Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 / English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808 - Gavottes 1 & 2
Bach arr. Heifetz: English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808
Clérambault arr. G. Dandelot: Largo in C minor
Bazzini: La Ronde de Lutins (Scherzo fantastique), Op. 25
Strauss arr. Heifetz: Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 No. 2 'An einsamer Quelle'
Debussy arr. Heifetz: L'Enfant prodique - Prélude
Albéniz arr. Heifetz: Suite española, Op. 47 - No. 3 'Sevilla'
Elgar: La Capriccieuse, Op. 17
Moszkowski arr. Sarasate: Guitarre, Op. 45 No. 2
Falla arr. Kreisler: La vida breve - Danse española No. 1
Dohnányi arr. Kreisler: Ruralia hungarica, Op. 32a No. 6 - Gypsy andante (Adagio non troppo)
Korngold: Much ado about nothing, Op. 11 No. 3 - 'Dogberry and Verges'
Milhaud arr. C. Lévy: Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 No. 9 - Sumaré
Castelnuovo-Tedesco arr. Heifetz: Alt Wien, Op. 30 No. 1 - Valse
Poulenc: Trois Mouvements perpétuels
Dinicu arr. Heifetz: Hora Staccato
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 No. 1
Vivaldi arr. Busch: Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 2, RV31 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A, Op. 47 'Kreutzer'
Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 - No. 13 in B flat (Allegro) arr. Kreisler 3.18 / No. 20 in D (Allegretto) arr. Kreisler 2.49 / No. 24 in A minor (Tema [Quasi presto] con variazioni I-XI) arr. Auer 7.29
Franck: Sonata in A