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Jascha Heifetz (Complete Original Jacket Collection) (104 CD) Box set, Limited Edition


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Befitting his legendary status, Jascha Heifetz-The Complete Album Collection, is the biggest box set ever created for a solo artist. With 103 CDs and 1 DVD, this limited edition collection features all of the violinist's recordings made by RCA Victor between 1917 and 1972,those made in England for His Master's Voice and distributed in the U.S. by RCA Red Seal, three LPs issued on Columbia Masterworks and one on Vox Cum Laude. Of special note is the inclusion of three bonus CDs containing over two-and-a-half hours of previously unreleased music and a DVD documentary, "Heifetz in Performance", with footage of the artist playing his favorite repertoire. Rounding out this impressive collection are CDs packaged in reproductions of the original LP sleeves and labels, plus a 260-page hardcover book, making this THE must-have box set of the year.

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"The greatest number of audio discs in a boxed set of classical recordings by a single instrumentalist is 103, achieved by Jascha Heifetz - The Complete Album Collection (Sony Music)" GUINNESS WOLRD RECORDS LTD -- Guinness World Records, December 14, 2010

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 103
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Masterworks/ RCA Red Seal
  • ASIN: B00467EKKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Queensway, the "right" Barrister on March 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
---Introduction---

This is going to be a long review (>3000 words), please jump to the following headings as you like:
[Content], [How to best use this box set - Beginner], [How to best use this box set - Returning fans], [Sound quality], [History] and [What else to buy].

*New - [Recording quality]

If you are concerned of sound quality, please note that Sony had enlisted outside sound engineers to do the remastering on ALL CDs (except CD100 Heifetz Rediscovered (remastered and released in 2009), and CD99 Schubert Trios (no LP ever released), source: last page of the booklet). In this review I shall refer frequently to the other versions of CDs I own, not to show off, but to do a decent comparison. I spent over USD500 on Heifetz CDs before obtaining this Set, and most of the money was wasted because the Set was so perfect in terms of sound quality. I know now I have to hunt no more.

I have the benefit of listening to this set since 23 January 2011 (received it as birthday present from my adorable girlfriend). This set was available for sale in Hong Kong (and in Taiwan) in early January and I can hardly understand why they are not made available earlier in UK/US.

I will confine my review mostly to sound quality, I will leave the comments on music to more knowledgeable persons.

---Content---
This box set contains 103CD and 1 DVD (referred as "the Set"). Most of the CDs were digital replicas of LPs, complete with cover and text. The later CDs (number 8X to 9X) were replicas of the LP reissues. Some of these CDs had their content altered so as to accommodate the music from pre-LP era (such as the concerti with Barbirolli).
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Begley on April 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
(Disclaimer: I sell classical music on Amazon, but I do not intend to carry this item at the present time.) I just received this set yesterday, so my comments will be somewhat general, but it really will not impact your purchase decision. If you love the violin repertoire this set is indispensable, an enormous document of arguably the greatest violinist of the recorded era. (As the booklet points out, Heifetz himself preferred Kreisler!)

Let me get the caveats out of the way -
The SACD version of releases recorded in the Living Stereo series are given here in normal stereo. The SACD releases, mostly taken from 3 channel masters and presented that way in the muti-channel layer (no fake back channels) are sonically spectacular. Just reconcile youself to this and grab the SACD discs while you can!

The set has (mostly) duplicated the LP issues - that means that a substantial number of discs are under 40 or 45 minutes. Given the overall price, I agree with the decision, because of the documentary value. But be aware you are buying 100+ mostly short-timed CDs. The major instances where the LP releases are not duplicated are where the producer wanted to avoid putting the same performance on multiple discs - the lps were issued with different couplings at times. Some material that did not appear on LP has been inserted into discs with empty space. There is no perfect decision and I think this was as good as any.

The short pieces that Heifetz recorded in the 1940's for American Decca are not included. (They are available on DG).

Now - nothing but praise.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Celia J. Berveiler on August 27, 2011
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This is a MUST HAVE for Heifetz fans--for all lovers of beautiful violin music. I especially wanted it for CD 32, the reissue of Christian Sinding's Suite in A Mi., Op. 10. My brother bought the LP when we were growing up. We played that band until the grooves wore out. Just close your eyes as you listen, and you're sure to imagine Viking ships and fjords. It will refresh you on a hot summer's day. On one day, out of curiosity, I played the Tchaikovsky concerto and Ravel's Tzigane, also on that record, and thought, "These are pretty good, too!" That may have been the first time my brother or I ever played those pieces. Before this 104-CD set came out, I saw only one reissue of Heifetz playing the Sinding suite on line. It was of a live performance. One reviewer said that it was poorly engineered. I believed him and did not buy the CD. I feared that the Heifetz LP would remain a beloved memory never to be relived. Then this original jacket reissue came out, and I grabbed it in a heartbeat.

Making this set worth its weight in gold are the Rubinstein-Heifetz-Piatigorsky recordings, the so-called "Million Dollar Trio." By all accounts Arthur Rubinstein hated that sobriquet, but let's face it: is a finer trio even thinkable? Again I reconnected with an old friend in the reissue of the Ravel Trio in A Minor. NO PIANIST PLAYS THE FIRST PHRASE AS WELL AS RUBINSTEIN! Many other pianists add tasteless touches perhaps with the idea of "bringing out nuances." In fact, they only trash the line. Rubinstein keeps it simple, and what is the result? Goosebumps!

Of course, I made some new friends with this set. CD 30 includes Handel's Sonata in E Major. What repose--such sensitivity by both violinist and accompanist! And who wouldn't love Dvorak's "Dumky" Trio?
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whatever, this is SO CHEAP! i have to buy it!
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