It caused a great conmotion to me!!

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It caused a great conmotion to me!!

effectively, a true and great conmotion caused to me hear Bruchs 1st violin concerto in Jascha Heifetz-Malcom Sargent version, from 1951 in NAXOS edition! Yes, you are right, I know also that exists a posterior recording in stereo, but after hear it I think that this version is something special and different, Heifetz dont looks here impulsive like always, most probably -I think- because of Sir Malcoms authoritharian conduction. The 2nd movt is really a poem!, and also comes Beethovens 1st and 2nd romances, with my admired William Steinberg conductor and a real surprise to me Louis Spohr s 8th violin concerto, also an interesting work. All is superlative here, I recommend it to you fervently!. The bad thing is that the CD always have been there, close to my hands and  I ve bought it only to day, how many hours of pleasure...missed!! (sighs) oscar.olavarria

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Exists also a Gramophone review:

"Naxos could easily have labelled this particular CD ‘The Greatest Jascha Heifetz Album Ever’" Gramophone november 2011. Best regards oscar.olavarria

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Ah yes Oscar, the wonderful Heifetz.  And there's another superb Obert-Thorn transfer on Naxos, of Mozart's Concerto No.5 (with Sargent) and the Bach concerti.  Also, do you know the Bruch Scottish Fantasy (also with Sargent)? Lovely!

Chris

Chris A.Gnostic

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of course Chris, Heifetz is....Heifetz!, but Im not an unconditional of him, I find him something mechanic, and I think that frecuently he fall into an unnecessary virtuosity, but specifically in this performance he makes a marvelluos job, for over Salvatore Accardo-Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orch s version inclusive, my preferred version for many years. And about the Beeth two romances included here, this are the only recording of this works he did, and because of that this CD its also an invaluable document. Exciting performances! oscar.olavarria

 

PD. Of course I will hear promptly the Scottisch Fantasy that you gently recommend to me!

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...And apart from the Scottish Fantasy, you may try the other two less famous Violin Concertos (both in d minor) as well as the Serenade for Violin in a minor. One should not neglect or bypass his three Symphonies; they are wonderful listening and his Chamber Music (two fine String Quartets, a more rewarding String Quintet and an intriguing Piano Trio, to mention the most interesting).

There are wonderful recordings for all the above, more than one to choose.

Parla

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Parla

Funny you mentioned the Bruch symphonies (and other works for violin & orchestra) as I picked up both last month for just pennies and have them on my playlist currently. I have to say that Accardo grows in my estimation more and more for the beauty of his playing - I have an increasig fondness for his recordings of the Paganini concertos, which are really interesting works when placed in the context of their time. I tried to find a decent biography of Paganini but it has proved very difficult.

The Bruch chamber pieces you mention are interesting but will have to wait...

Naupilus

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"I have to say that Accardo grows in my estimation more and more for the beauty of his playing..." (Parla says)

 

I assure you that if it you listen the Heifetz-Sargents recording from NAXOS (1951) you ll change inmediatelly to Heifetz. I give you signed this!!Better than Accardo, Vengerov, Mutter, etc, superior to all!!   oscar.olavarria

 

 

 

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I think you misquote Naupilus with me, dear Oscar. However, I don't find Naupilus observation about Accardo wrong. I appreciate Accardo's musicianship a lot. In any case, I don't think Naupilus or me claim that Accardo is better than Heifetz. He is a viable alternative, very musical and refined (Heifetz was not famous for his refinement, at least always). And Accardo is better recorded, anyway.

Parla

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Parla wrote:

"Heifetz was not famous for his refinement, at least always".

Well, perhaps not always, only 99.99% of the time.

Chris

Chris A.Gnostic

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Do you really find, Chris, the tone and technic of Heifetz refined, let's say compared to the Olympian sound of an Oistrach or the elegant and fine virtuosity of a Kreisler?

Parla

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I seem to find Heifetz's recordings less attractive than I used to. Perhaps once bedazzled by his technique and the very close miked sound he presumably demanded I sometimes now find him a little emotionally detatched from the music. The Scottish Fantasy doesn't quite match Oistrakh/Horenstein or indeed Campoli/Boult for me (Tasmin Little/Handley are not bad either) but I must admit it's quite a while since I played the Heifetz; perhaps time to give it another airing. It was said to one of du Pre's favourite records in the biography by the woman whose name currently escapes me (Elizabeth something?).

Sargent was a brilliant accompanist although disliked by many orchestral players I seem to recall  reading that Heifetz would demand him when recording in the UK. Some of Heiftz's 78s (I grew up with his Tchaikovsky) were made with Barbirolli who later refused to work with him after he said Heifetz was unacceptably rude to individual orchestral players on one occasion. Sargent meanwhile was brilliant at keeping up with Schnabel's sometimes erratic tempi in their unsurpassed Beethoven concerti and the most wayward of all, Mark Hambourg, in what was I think the first recording of Beethoven's third where tempi are all over the place and Hambourg plays Moscheles's outrageous cadenza.

But back to Heifetz, his Mendelssohn concerto with Beecham is good fun. One senses they too did not get on as each tries to outrace the other in the finale. One of EMI's first uses of taped masters it still sounds pretty good on my World Records EMI transfer.

As for Bruch No 1 it has to be young Menuhin's first recording, again perhaps because I grew up with the 78s. I was looking for a Chandos disc of one of the other concertos & a symphony the other day but it must have got misfiled.....

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