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listen  1. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: ChaconneGregor Piatigorsky12:46$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Violin Concerto, Op. 77, in D Major: Allegro non troppoFritz Reiner19:00$2.97  Buy MP3 
listen  3. AdagioFritz Reiner 8:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivaceFritz Reiner 7:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Violin Concerto Op. 35, in D Major: Allegro moderatoFritz Reiner15:54$2.97  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Canzonetta: AndanteFritz Reiner 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Violin Concerto Op. 35, in D Major: Allegro vivacissimoFritz Reiner 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46: Introduction: Grave; Adagio cantabileOsian Ellis 7:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46: AllegroOsian Ellis 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46: Adagio; Andante sostenutoOsian Ellis 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46: Finale; Allegro guerrieroOsian Ellis 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Violin Concerto, Op. 47 in D minor: Allegro moderatoWalter Hendl13:44$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Violin Concerto, Op. 47 in D minor: Adagio di moltoWalter Hendl 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Violin Concerto, Op. 47 in D minor: Allegro ma non tantoWalter Hendl 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Violin Concerto, Op. 82 in A minor: ModeratoWalter Hendl 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Andante sostenutoWalter Hendl 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Violin Concerto, Op. 82 in A minor: Tempo IWalter Hendl 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. AllegroWalter Hendl 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Three Preludes: Allegro ben ritmato e decisoBrooks Smith 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Andante con moto e poco rubatoBrooks Smith 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Three Preludes: Allegro ben ritmato e dicisoBrooks Smith 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00003CWJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For many violin fans, Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) remains, quite simply, the greatest. Heifetz's perfect tone and electric playing weren't always subtle, but you can't deny the awesome power of his virtuosity and precision. Heifetz: The Supreme gathers some of his best-loved works--violin concertos by Sibelius, Glazunov, and Tchaikovsky--along with a few gems (Gershwin's Three Preludes, Bach's Chaconne from Partita No. 2) into one, remastered two-CD package. The Bach may be too intense for some tastes--it's an impassioned, romantic reading--but Heifetz is merely being himself. On the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, though, his skills are undeniable. Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony provide the perfect accompaniment for the violinist, and Heifetz simply lets loose. Heifetz's Gershwin transcriptions are an added, fun bonus. If you haven't been introduced to the glory of Heifetz, here's your chance. With remastered sound, he's never sounded better. --Jason Verlinde

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The quality of the recording is superb.
Nikita Khrushchev
The Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of my favorites, was simply played inconceivably.
Sam
It's also a great bargain for the amount and variety of music you get.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on February 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If ever there was a Grabbit, this one is it. The recent RCA Victor release <Jascha Heifitz, the Supreme> (74321-63470-2) is a two-for-the-price-of-one CD set featuring the Master in seven major works for violin: Bach's "Chaconne," Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy," and the violin concerti of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Glazunov. Then as a special treat, we have Heifitz' own arrangements for violin and piano of Gershwin's "3 Preludes." It doesn't get better than this.
These recordings span the years 1955 to 1970 and feature such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony (for the Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius), the New Symphony Orchestra of London (for the Bruch), and the RCA Symphony Orchestra (for the Glazunov).
The critics at the time had some quibbles with the recorded sound on one or two of these pieces, but they were all lavish in their praise of the performances: "incomparable," "this disc is a must," and so on. So what if you probably have all these selections on other recordings? At mid-price to get all this is heaven. And what a gift for discerning friends!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "nderrick" on July 1, 2002
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A wonderful collection of Heifetz playing. This 2 CD set if perfect for a young violinist who needs examples of the finest playing ever. For a cost minded buyer, this set offers a great number of pieces, played by the best ever, for a great price.
For the die hard collector of violin music, though, there is better.
For the Die hard, or anyone else who loves Heifetz, and will pay the price for better sound and more music, try getting the seperate components.
The two concertos are avaliable now in the remastered "livinvg stereo" format, which blows the socks off this CD version.
The Caccone from the Sonatas and partitas in this set is amazing, but so are the rest of the Sonatas and partitas, so buy the whole set of them, it is worth it.
The Glazunov, and Gershwin are not the greatest pieces, I think, you should try the Living Stereo Beethoven and Mendelssohn instead.
The Scottish fantasy is a great piece, but you could get it in another CD along with Bruch's concerto and Vieuxtemps, which make for one great CD.
You can buy all these separate recordings right here at Amazon, try them, you won't be diassapointed.
But if you just want a nice collection of Heifetz music for a person who has none, this is a perfect start.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sam on February 15, 2005
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I am also a violinist myself of 13 years. I have played most of these violin concertos almost a year ago.

Heifetz delivers his interpretation to the audience. I always viewed Heifetz as very stern and a reserved man, that he did not show any emotion.

After listening to this CD, my judgment was suddenly changed.

To start with, the Bach Chacconne deserves much credit. Heifetz recorded this live (I have the video)around the age of 70. Despite his age, he performed this piece with such passion and power. His vibrato was perfect for Bach's baroque style. I have listened to this over 300 times (no exaggerating).

Then, there's the Brahm's violin concerto. Heifetz DID play a little fast, but his interpretation made up for it. I personally loved his 3rd movement, which was flawless. As I listened to it, I could feel his bow contact with the violin string. It was unbelievable.

Then, the favorite of mine, Tchaikovsky's violin concerto was incredibly played. Even Kyung Wha Chung's musical ideas could not compete with Jascha Heifetz's perfection. I loved the musical parts, which was very emotional. It was great. Also, I just want to point out the 3rd movement. In his harmonics (the notes that sound like whistling) it was so pure and neat that I simply could not describe it in words, You must hear for yourself.

The Bruch's Scottish Fantasy was one of my favorites. The introduction was so mellow and sad. Once again, I really cannot describe it in words. I advise you to listen to this right now.

The Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of my favorites, was simply played inconceivably. His tone quality was exceptional, and I could not believe such power that Mr. Heifetz had in him.

His Glazunov Concerto was great too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "jkillashark" on July 18, 2003
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Jascha Heifetz is the most influential violinist of the 20th century. No contest. He played the most difficult pieces with unnerving speed that most professionals today would prefer to slow down. In Jascha Heifetz: The Supreme, there is a select few of violin pieces that are very commonly played in his vast repertoire. Of this I particularly enjoyed the Bach Chaconne, Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos. I was most pleased when I heard Heifetz play Tchaikovsky for it is a piece I am currently playing and it was hard for me to find a recording of the Auer version, notably harder than the original score. Heifetz plays it flawlessly. The Finale is played in the style of Auer, his teacher. Auer merely took out parts the seemed repetitive in this fun movement. However, Tchaikovsky is not the only reason why I highly recommend you to buy this CD. The other pieces are performed at the usual Heifetz perfection. This select 2CD represents the top works of Heifetz, showing his supremacy.
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