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The Heifetz Collection: Korngold/Rózsa/Waxman - Volume 21
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The Heifetz Collection: Korngold/Rózsa/Waxman - Volume 21

27 Dec 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Jun 1997
  • Release Date: 17 Jun 1997
  • Label: RCA Gold Seal
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  • Total Length: 1:09:26
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  • ASIN: B001UJOGN2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sep 2012
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I have to admit to being a critical Heifetz fan. There are recordings of his that leave me dissatisfied. And yes, this is the criticism that annoys many Heifetz fans, of "coldness." It is, for me, as if his technical supremacy of the violin, sometimes seemed at the price expressive freedom. But to be fair this may partly reflect an introverted personality, because he also left many compelling, classic and unique performances to treasure as well. The recording here of the Korngold Violin Concerto is one such.

There are recordings of some compositions I hold in such affection that they are the work to me. I don't need another performance of it. This is one such (another is Heifetz's one of Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Scottish Fantasy & Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5). In recent years there have been other outstanding recordings of the Korngold (my favourite being Mutter (Tchaikovsky / Korngold: Violin Concertos), but this one still remains essential, not least because the great violinist championed it at a time when it was a rarity. The performance is also one for Heifetz sceptics who will find much warmth in the playing to match the delicious subtlety of his phrasing.

Of course it's in a work that has faced the criticism often thrown at Korngold, the sneer of being "more Korn than gold." The slightly boxy sound of the dated sound recording is slightly reminiscent of 1930/40s cinema in which Korngold was the probably the greatest film composer. He actually used some themes here from film scores. But for me this adds atmosphere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard O Faircloth on 11 May 2013
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Heifitz, of course, had a most seductive way of playing with expressive shaping of notes, phrases and portamenti allied with uncanny accuracy. Twin this with the romantic Korngold writing and the result is near irresistible. In fact it is a touch too sweet to listen to too often unless you want to feel like you are falling in love again... The Rozsa is a delight, particularly the playing of Piatigorsky.
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This recording is near perfection;Korngold violin concerto as played by Jascha Heifetz seems to express the composer's intentions to the utmost:Listen to the beauty of the violin playing with and in and out of this wonderfully rehersed orchestra.This violin in the hands of Jascha emits "a feel of burred walnut" in the lower key;soaring upwards with the cleanest bowing.This was my first hearing. Some may have suggested that Jasha has a slight coldness about him? I dont feel this, because the accuracy of his study of the score and then an ability to bring this to the materialisation of sound, brings about a perfect integration.There is so much on this recording and on this CD that will bring me peace and enrichment
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By Caro on 23 Aug 2013
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I bought this album after hearing a small piece played on Desert Island Discs. It is so beautiful and I now wish to buy much more played by the amazing Heifetz. He can make your heart soar and then break such is the emotion he conveys.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Masterful performances 24 May 2007
By Donald M. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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The Rózsa violin concerto is one of my favorite pieces and this is, beyond all doubt, the best recorded performance of this far-too-neglected work. I do have one quibble with Maestro Heifitz's performance: he rushes the central theme of the middle movement a bit; I would love to have heard him "sing" it a bit more, at a slighltly slower tempo -- a bit more tenderness and longing -- because it is such a moving melody.

The other pieces on this disc are also wonderful, especially the Korngold. I respectefully disagree with the earlier reviewer about the Korngold being too cliché and corny, but as the old Romans said, "De gustibus non disputandum est."

If you are a Heifitz fan, or these three great masters of film music, you can't go wrong with this CD.
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Heifetz does in fact have a heart 3 July 2008
By Steve Missal - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm tired of reading reviews that pan Heifetz for either playing too fast or too coldly. Yes, sometimes I think he pushes the envelope a bit on tempo (the end of the first movement is a case in point), but lack of nuance? Missed opportunities for expression? Unless you are deaf, he has these in spades, albeit not always like other violinists. Perhaps that is the problem. He is unique in his sound and approach. Average, even very good violinists pull and yank at passages until the line of the music is broken and my interest wanes. I ask this question: would you return to a recording more than once? Competent ones are just that, competent. Great recordings make you return endlessly. And this is a great recording. The Rozsa is a gem that is not often heard, sadly. Whether Heifetz worried about someone hearing him play a wrong note is beside the point. Who cares? I don't know of other performers practicing in public. Do you?
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Transport to Heaven via Violin 3 Jan 2007
By Gayle Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant music played by a brilliant musician. I put it on the CD player in my office when I'm having a tough day and it makes all the annoyance fade away!
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Concertos with movie connections 27 April 2013
By Jurgen Lawrenz - Published on Amazon.com
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The recording of the Rozsa Concerto is available in several pairings with other concertos, so you should look around and find the one most suitable to your needs.
Since meanwhile two other recordings have come to my notice, I am obliged to say at the start that neither McDuffie nor Khitruk is as happily congenial to the work (especially in its virtuosic moments) as Heifetz, despite a far superior recording technology for both those albums. Heifetz was of course the dedicatee, since he commissioned the concerto. And there can be no doubt of his command as a violinist. Heifetz's brand of virtuosity seems tailor made here--a statement that could be turned around that the concerto is tailor made for him! He was probably attracted to its melodiousness and its (modestly) adventurous harmonic textures. As an Hungarian composer, Rozsa also find plenty of opportunity for exotic rhythms and excited turmoil, both for the fiddle and the orchestra. Indeed it is astonishing how little resonance this fine concerto has found among other violinists! I would like to hear Perlman playing it, but it may be too late now.
At any rate, I recommend it and this recording without reservation. Hendl at the helm of the Dallas Symphony provides a commensurate orchestral backing, and the sound, although it reflects its age, is decent in quality and sufficiently transparent for you to hear all the complex strands of the instrumental writing.
The Double Concerto is of also a classic by now, and once again McDuffie (with Harrell) enter in competition. They do relatively well, I think - but the work is by no means as demanding as the other. On the other hand, I think that any album with Piatigorsky participating is a must for serious collectors.
You will wonder by now when Korngold and Waxman come up for consideration. Let me say tht Heifetz being the star of this album, they are brilliantly played. One thing I will add, however, about the self-evident movie connection: When Korngold returned to serious composition, the Hollywood character of episodes in both the Symphony and the Violin Concerto stick out like a sore thumb. It makes those works sound incoherent, therefore ridiculous qua serious concert music. Not so with Rozsa. His concerted compositions do not betray their affiliation because the integration is so successful that the works hang together as authentic classical forms. Waxman's work is interesting in contrast to the better known Sarasate Fantasy, but ultimately trivial and derivative.
On these grounds I'm inclined to see the Rozsa work as the chief interest of this album. The rest is more for pleasure and curiosity. My sense about Rozsa is that sooner or later it will become a mainstream concerto, for there is a little more to it than just pleasure.
the best korngold and the best rosza violin concertos. period 3 Jan 2014
By for the love of great music - Published on Amazon.com
to hear this piece with haifetz---it knocks your socks off. every note has meaning, and emotion. no one could ever come close to this performance for its technical mastery, sheer beauty, and emotional meaning. no one could even try to come close. ask any violinist. I'm sure they'd agree.
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