Heifetz- Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1, Scottish Fantasy/ Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No.5
唱片公司： SONY MUSIC
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra of London
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Composer: Max Bruch, Henri Vieuxtemps
Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
Number of Discs: 1
Jascha Heifetz (English pronunciation: /ˈhaɪfɪts/, February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1901 – December 10, 1987) was a violinist, born in Vilnius, then Russian Empire, now Lithuania. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time.
Heifetz was born into a Jewish family in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. The record confirming his birth on January 20, 1901 (full archival citation - LVIA/728/4/77) is held at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives (LVIA). A copy of the record is held on microfilm at the LDS in Salt Lake City (No 2205068, image number - 795). The record states the family was registered in Polotsk. His father, Reuven Heifetz, son of Elie, was a local violin teacher and served as the concertmaster of the Vilnius Theatre Orchestra for one season before the theatre closed down. Jascha took up the violin when he was three years old and his father was his first teacher. At five he started lessons with Ilya D. Malkin, a former pupil of Leopold Auer. He was a child prodigy, making his public debut at seven, in Kovno (now Kaunas, Lithuania) playing the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn. In 1910 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory to study under Leopold Auer himself.
He played in Germany and Scandinavia, and met Fritz Kreisler for the first time in a Berlin private house together with other noted violinists in attendance. 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. In April 1911, Heifetz performed in an outdoor concert in St. Petersburg before 25,000 spectators; there was such a sensational reaction that police officers needed to protect the young violinist after the concert. In 1914, Heifetz performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Arthur Nikisch. The conductor was very impressed, saying he had never heard such an excellent violinist.
Heifetz and his family left Russia in 1917, traveling by rail to the Russian far east and thence by ship to the United States, arriving in San Francisco.
On October 27, 1917, Heifetz played for the first time in the United States, at Carnegie Hall in New York, and became an immediate sensation. Fellow violinist Mischa Elman in the audience asked "Do you think it's hot in here?", whereupon Leopold Godowsky, in the next seat, imperturbably replied, "Not for pianists." The reviews by the New York critics were rapturous.
In 1917, Heifetz was elected as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music, by the fraternity's Alpha chapter at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As he was aged 16 at the time, he was perhaps the youngest person ever elected to membership in the organization. Heifetz remained in the country and became an American citizen in 1925. When he told admirer Groucho Marx he had been earning his living as a musician since the age of seven, Groucho answered, "And I suppose before that you were just a bum."
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best February 13, 2005
By F. Rupert
These classic recordings were issued in the early 1960s in excellent sound. Unlike many earlier Heifetz records, you don't have to make allowances for the substandard, boxy sound that seems to be the norm for the majority of Heifetz recordings from the 1950's (the Brahms Concerto being a notable exception). The performances are first-rate, especially the Scottish Fantasy. This has been recorded by quite a few violinists (Perlman, Chung, etc.), but nobody else comes close to the awesome exhibition of virtuosity Heifetz provides. Perhaps you have to play the violin to grasp what you're hearing, but the Finale is hair-raising. Everyone else sounds like they're working hard in the Finale, but not Jascha. One of the great, classic violin recordings. BUY IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! January 18, 2004
I have three recordings of the Bruch VC, Perlman, Midori, Kyung Wha Chung,and all of them are pretty good, with Perlman standing out in the group of three, but when I heard Heifetz's rendition I was blown away. The 1st movement, which is played quite often, had a new flair to it that made me feel like i HADNT heard the piece 1000 times. The second movement was very heartfelt and the best I have heard, along with the technically perfect 3rd mvt. As for the Scottish Fantasy, it's the best around, and I havent really listened to teh Vieuxtemps yet, but so far an AWESOME CD, especially the VC, a must have!!!!
01. Bruch - Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor - 1 Vorspiel (Allegro Moderato) [07:39]
02. Bruch - Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor - 2 Adagio [07:51]
03. Bruch - Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor - 3 Finale (Allegro Energico) [06:35].
04. Bruch - Scottish Fantasy - 1 Introduction (Grave, Adagio Cantabile) [07:46]
05. Bruch - Scottish Fantasy - 2 Allegro [04:32]
06. Bruch - Scottish Fantasy - 3 Andante Sostenuto [06:38]
07. Bruch - Scottish Fantasy - 4 Finale (Allegro Guerriero) [06:53]
08. Vieuxtemps - Violin Concerto #5 in A Minor - 1 Allegro Non Troppo [12:30]
09. Vieuxtemps - Violin Concerto #5 in A Minor - 2 Adagio [03:36]
10. Vieuxtemps - Violin Concerto #5 in A Minor - 3 Allegro con Fuoco [01:04]