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Heifetz - Concertos: Sibelius Prokofiev No. 2 Glazunov

Jean Sibelius , Sergei Prokofiev , Alexander Glazunov , Jascha Heifetz Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Jascha Heifetz
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius, Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Glazunov
  • Audio CD (March 21, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000003EQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Con in d, Op. 47: Allegro Moderato - Chicago SO/Walter Hendl
2. Con in d, Op. 47: Adagio Di Molto - Chicago SO/Walter Hendl
3. Con in d, Op. 47: Allegro/Ma Non Tanto - Chicago SO/Walter Hendl
4. Con No. 2 in g, Op. 63: Allegro Moderato - Boston SO/Charles Munch
5. Con No. 2 in g, Op. 63: Andante Assai - Boston SO/Charles Munch
6. Con No. 2 in g, Op. 63: Allegro Ben Marcato - Boston SO/Charles Munch
7. Con in a, Op. 82: Moderato - RCA SO/Walter Hendl
8. Con in a, Op. 82: Andante Sostenuto - RCA SO/Walter Hendl
9. Con in a, Op. 82: Tempo I - RCA SO/Walter Hendl
10. Con in a, Op. 82: Allegro - RCA SO/Walter Hendl

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I usually dislike Heifitz... September 7, 2002
By Maureen
Format:Audio CD
Most of the time I have heard Heifitz recordings, I dislike him. He always seems to me as if his playing is the unwinding of a spring that's overtightened; one doesn't feel that he's living each note.
But this CD changed my mind.
I'm a violinist, and I played this CD to a violinist friend asking him to identify it. He identified the Sibelius from the very first 2 notes. (It is so, so beloved). Within 10 notes he knew the violinist was 'old school'. Within 20 he guessed Heifitz.
We both marvelled at the accuracy of his double stops and his spicatto is unmatched.
This CD is one of my car's 'top 5'.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heifetz owns the Sibelius Concerto! April 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This recording is an important one for one reason--the Sibelius Concerto. Heifetz owns this concerto--I have never heard anyone play it the way he did. That opening movement, extremely moody and atmospheric, is riveting. Heifetz' playing draws you in, and, it will send shivers down your spine. The third movement is also impressive--a fine example of virtuosity and brilliance. I can never say enough about this recording--BUY IT!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Iron Man" Rides Again February 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I was in college in the mid-50s, we used to go in to Los Angeles to hear Jasha Heifetz in recital. We called him "The Iron Man" somewhat in derision, both for his playing style and for his rigid stance on stage while playing. While in awe of his technique, we preferred the gentler, more "romantic" playing of David Oistrakh and Arthur Grumiaux and such.

But as I grew out of my teenage romantic fixation, and as my own playing frustrated and disappointed me more and more, I learned to appreciate the heart and skill Heifetz put into his work. This recording represents the "summa," I believe, of Heifetz' life work on the instrument. I think he is the only violinist who ever fully understood this score. And nowhere in violin literature is his absolute tonal precision in higher position attacks and in rapid double stops more essential to the musical outcome.

Recently a music professional recommended the Oistrakh to me as "the best Sibelius ever," and on that comment I decided to give it another hearing, but I found it disappointing in several respects. Among other things, I was distressed by Oistrakh's sloppy upper position attacks, often having to slide onto the pitch after first hitting the string a tad too low or too high, not to mention his generally sloppy pitch in the faster sections, and his tendency to play the piece as if he thought he were doing something by Brahms--often playing a light bow up near the finger board when he should have been pressing down closer to the bridge. (See my review of that recording at the Amazon Sibelius/Oistrakh listing).

Aside from Heifetz' technical skill, I am deeply moved by the assertive vigor of his approach and by the dark brooding intensity he brings to the work.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sibelius October 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Actually I like Heifetz's Sibelius much better than his legendary famous Tchaikovsky. To me, his Tchaikovsky was too much of driving speed and lacking in lyricism needed for Tchaikovsky, and not tonally spot-on especially in the fast passages in the first movement of Tchaikovsky.
Ok ok, so here is Heifetz on Sibelius, I like his cool rendering which is totally excluding any nonsense. He sounds too fast at times, but you have to admit his unbelievably sharp edges. This is surely a great to have as one of many versions avaliable.
Personally on the Sibelius, I recommend ones by Cho-Liang Lin, David Oistrakh, Midori, Anne-Sophie Mutter as the best. But if you would like to hear something totally different, here is one by the master.
Also, this disc includes Prokofiev's Concerto No.2 and Glazunov's Concerto. Both are great. You can hear him being more eloquent and charming on Glazunov. 3 concertos in one, which makes this disc a bargain.
It is great to go back to Heifetz once a while. Great Disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Available Recording of the Sibelius Concerto January 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Jasha Heifitz (1900-1987) is often considered the greatest violinist of his time. He may be the greatest who ever lived. I submit this recording in evidence of the latter. The Sibelius concerto is one of the most difficult to play violin concertos ever written. Sibelius was a violinist himself and left this piece as a challenge to all concert violinists to come. Listen to any violinist's recording of this piece and then listen to Heifitz. There will always be some part that a performer will struggle over in this piece. Heifitz actually makes it sound easy to play and at a faster tempo! You also get Prokofiev's No. 2 and Glazunov's concerto here and Heifitz makes them sound easy too. He was a wizard with the bow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best April 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been studying the violin for over 45 years. Whenever someone asks me about Heifetz, I get them this CD. It is breath-taking in its artistry and depth. There's nothing more to say....
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