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  • Performer: Jascha Heifetz
  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 21
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0092AKDQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the first ever complete collection of the legendary Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts. A clamshell box with 21 CDs in standard cardboard sleeves with facsimile sleeves and labels with a new introduction by Heifetz-expert, John Maltese. This collection features Dvorák's Piano Quintet No. 2 and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, first released as bonus in the 2010 Heifetz Collection.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tim Long on 7 Jun. 2013
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I first heard the "Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts" when I bought an LP of their performance of Schubert's great Quintet in C. This was my introduction to this piece and in my memory the performance was so wonderful that I've tried on and off to find it on cd. So I was delighted to find it included in this large and varied collection. The performances are all compelling, though the sound is sometimes a bit thin. However, at the price, no-one will go wrong in buying this set.

The compilers have chosen to replicate precisely the original LPs: the covers, the liner-notes, and the music. The nostalgia element is, therefore, strong, but the downside is that the cds range in length from 29 mins to just over 60 mins, with an average length of about 43 mins. The set, when judged against the amount of music we expect on a cd today, is short measure - not a genuine 21cd set, in fact. However, at the very reasonable price, and because of the variety of music in the set and the high standard of performances, this set is still excellent value (to put it mildly!). Primrose frequently joins Heifetz and Piatigorsky; Rubinstein is the pianist on the first two cds, with Leonard Pennario on the later cds.

Here's what's on the set:

CD 1: Ravel Piano Trio in A Minor; Mendelssohn Piano Trio no 1 in D Minor, op 49
CD 2: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, op 50
CD 3: Beethoven String Trios in G Major, op 9.1 & in C Minor op 9.3
CD 4: Beethoven String Trio in E-flat Major, op 3
CD 5: Beethoven Serenade for Violin, Viola & Cello in D Major, op 8; Kodaly Duo for Violin & Cello, op 7
CD 6: Beethoven String Trio in D Major, op 9.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Ingham on 10 Aug. 2014
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I had not heard any of these performances before and whilst I knew of Heifetz's reputation, I can only ever recall having heard an LP of the Franck Violin Sonata borrowed from my local record library around 40 years ago, so this was a journey of discovery for me and what a great journey it has been. Yes, there are faults with this set. As others have mentioned the sound quality is rather in your face, but to be fair on my equipment this just makes it seem like the musicians are at the far end of your room. Admittedly I have spent more on hi-fi than any sane person would, but the recordings do let you hear all the interplay between the various musicians found on this set so sound quality is no barrier to enjoyment, even on the earliest mono discs.
So far as the performances are concerned then arguably the set is hit and miss. Performances are in general pretty swift and bold. Sometimes this works extremely well, as with the Franck Piano Quintet which I have never managed to enjoy prior to hearing this performance. Sometimes it does not, for instance with the Dvorak Piano Quintet, where the approach killls the music, and where for instance Curzon and the Vienna Philharmonic Quartet give maximum enjoyment. But most of the time, whether the performance is ideal or not, the energy and musicianship carry you forward and make you want to listen all over again.
Everyone will have their own favourites, but my personal highlights include the Dvorak, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky Trios, the Franck and Mozart Quintets, the Mendelssohn Octet and all the Brahms.
With lovely packaging which gives that feeling of nostalgia and a bargain price whether you regard this as a 17CD set or one with around 9CD's worth of music, this seems to me a no-brainer of a purchase, unless you own all the performances already.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Street on 1 July 2013
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This is the world of cast-iron reputations and it's wise to tread carefully. In the post LP era I used to pick a good few of these issues up in charity shops,and they were usually well played and often a bit worn. I could never quite make up my mind about them. The technique, of course, goes without saying,though the gold folk hear in the tone might just as much be the sound of Maria Theresa dollars piling up as aural generosity - the bright vibrato often goes with a cruising speed which doesn't encourage lingering over subtle details. The up and downsides of this sometimes appear in a single work - the Mozart C major Quintet (though RCA prefers to use a feminine spelling) has a brusque take-it-or-leave-it first movement that raises the hackles a bit, but by the time you get to the minuet the playing is fully engaged with the harmonic ambiguities and you are open-mouthed. It's coupled, as on LP, with the Mendelssohn C minor trio, savaged in Charles Rosen's book on the Romantics, and again the playing takes no prisoners, but the long paragraphs are perfectly expounded. The work, which is poorly recorded for the time, as are a good many of these discs, comes across as much better than its reputation. I'm not so sure about these performances of the Beethoven String Trios - I never was. At one time I wondered whether Heifetz had ever played in a string quartet - a genre absent from this box - but the booklet, which appears well integrated with the Heifetz official website, as you would expect, assures us that he not only had, but in public - Beethoven's Op 127, no less. I wonder what it was like.Read more ›
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