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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)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Trio in A Minor / Modéré - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  2. Piano Trio in A Minor / Pantuom - Assez vif - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  3. Piano Trio in A Minor / Passacaille - Très large - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  4. Piano Trio in A Minor / Final - Animé - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  5. Piano Trio, Op. 49 in D Minor / Molto allegro e agitato - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  6. Piano Trio, Op. 49 in D Minor / Andante con moto tranquillo - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  7. Piano Trio, Op. 49 in D Minor / Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  8. Piano Trio, Op. 49 in D Minor / Finale: Allegro assai appassionato - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky

Disc: 2

  1. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Pezzo elegiaco: Moderato assai - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  2. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / A. Tema con Variazioni: Andante con moto - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  3. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation I - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  4. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation II: Più mosso - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  5. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation III: Scherzando: Allegro moderato - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  6. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation IV: L'istesso tempo - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  7. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation V: L'istesso tempo - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  8. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation VI: Tempo di valse - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  9. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation VII: Allegro moderato - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  10. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation VIII: Fuga: Allegro moderato - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  11. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  12. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation X: Tempo di Mazurka - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  13. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / Variation XI: Moderato - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  14. Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor / B. Variation Finale e Coda: Allegro risoluto con fuoco - Arthur Rubinstein / Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky

Disc: 3

  1. Trio, Op. 9, No. 1, in G / Adagio - Allegro con brio
  2. Trio, Op. 9, No. 1, in G / Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile
  3. Trio, Op. 9, No. 1, in G / Scherzo: Allegro
  4. Trio, Op. 9, No. 1, in G / Presto
  5. Trio, Op. 9, No. 3, in C Minor / Allegro con spirito
  6. Trio, Op. 9, No. 3, in C Minor / Adagio con espressione
  7. Trio, Op. 9, No. 3, in C Minor / Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
  8. Trio, Op. 9, No. 3, in C Minor / Finale: Presto

Disc: 4

  1. Trio, Op. 3, in E-Flat / Allegro con brio
  2. Trio, Op. 3, in E-Flat / Andante
  3. Trio, Op. 3, in E-Flat / Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. Trio, Op. 3, in E-Flat / Adagio
  5. Trio, Op. 3, in E-Flat / Menuetto: Moderato
  6. Trio, Op. 3, in E-Flat / Finale: Allegro

Disc: 5

  1. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Marcia: Allegro
  2. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Adagio
  3. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Adagio - Scherzo: Allegro molto
  5. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Allegretto alla polacca
  6. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Andante quasi allegretto (Variationen)
  7. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Allegro
  8. Serenade, Op. 8 (Trio in D) / Marcia: Allegro
  9. Duo, Op. 7 / Allegro serioso, non troppo - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  10. Duo, Op. 7 / Adagio - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  11. Duo, Op. 7 / Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento; Presto - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky

Disc: 6

  1. Trio, Op. 9, No. 2, in D / Allegretto
  2. Trio, Op. 9, No. 2, in D / Andante quasi allegretto
  3. Trio, Op. 9, No. 2, in D / Menuetto: Allegro
  4. Trio, Op. 9, No. 2, in D / Rondo: Allegro
  5. Sinfonia No. 4, BWV 790, in D Minor
  6. Sinfonia No. 9, BWV 795, in F Minor
  7. Sinfonia No. 3, BWV 789, in D
  8. Trio No. 2, D. 581 in B-Flat / Allegro moderato
  9. Trio No. 2, D. 581 in B-Flat / Andante
  10. Trio No. 2, D. 581 in B-Flat / Menuetto
  11. Trio No. 2, D. 581 in B-Flat / Rondo

Disc: 7

  1. Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 / I. Allegro - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky / Alfred Wallenstein
  2. Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 / II. Andante - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky / Alfred Wallenstein
  3. Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 / III. Vivace non troppo - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky / Alfred Wallenstein

Disc: 8

  1. Quintet, D. 956/Op. 163 in C / Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Quintet, D. 956/Op. 163 in C / Adagio
  3. Quintet, D. 956/Op. 163 in C / Scherzo: Presto, Trio: Andante sostenuto
  4. Quintet, D. 956/Op. 163 in C / Allegretto

Disc: 9

  1. Quintet in F Minor / Molto moderato quasi lento - Allegro
  2. Quintet in F Minor / Lento, con molto sentimento
  3. Quintet in F Minor / Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco
  4. Sextet, Op. 36, in G / Allegro non troppo - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Virginia Majewski / William Primrose / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  5. Sextet, Op. 36, in G / Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Virginia Majewski / William Primrose / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  6. Sextet, Op. 36, in G / Poco adagio - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Virginia Majewski / William Primrose / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  7. Sextet, Op. 36, in G / Poco allegro - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Virginia Majewski / William Primrose / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto

Disc: 10

  1. Octet, Op. 20, in E-Flat / Allegro moderato ma con fuoco - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Arnold Belnick / Josef Stepansky / William Primrose / Virginia Majewski / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  2. Octet, Op. 20, in E-Flat / Andante - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Arnold Belnick / Josef Stepansky / William Primrose / Virginia Majewski / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  3. Octet, Op. 20, in E-Flat / Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Arnold Belnick / Josef Stepansky / William Primrose / Virginia Majewski / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  4. Octet, Op. 20, in E-Flat / Presto - Jascha Heifetz / Israel Baker / Arnold Belnick / Josef Stepansky / William Primrose / Virginia Majewski / Gregor Piatigorsky / Gabor Rejto
  5. Quintet, K. 516 in G Minor / Allegro
  6. Quintet, K. 516 in G Minor / Menuetto: Allegretto
  7. Quintet, K. 516 in G Minor / Adagio ma non troppo
  8. Quintet, K. 516 in G Minor / Adagio - Allegro

Disc: 11

  1. Trio, Op. 1, No. 1, in E-Flat / Allegro - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  2. Trio, Op. 1, No. 1, in E-Flat / Adagio cantabile - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  3. Trio, Op. 1, No. 1, in E-Flat / Scherzo: Allegro assai - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  4. Trio, Op. 1, No. 1, in E-Flat / Finale: Presto - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  5. Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra - Gregor Piatigorsky
  6. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Tema - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  7. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation I - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  8. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation II - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  9. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation III - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  10. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation IV - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  11. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation V - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  12. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation VI - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky
  13. Sinfonia concertante, Op. 29 / Tema con variazioni / Variation VII - Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky

Disc: 12

  1. Trio No. 1 Op. 32 in D Minor / Allegro moderato - Jascha Heifetz / Leonard Pennario / Gregor Piatigorsky
  2. Trio No. 1 Op. 32 in D Minor / Scherzo: Allegro molto - Jascha Heifetz / Leonard Pennario / Gregor Piatigorsky
  3. Trio No. 1 Op. 32 in D Minor / Elegia: Adagio - Jascha Heifetz / Leonard Pennario / Gregor Piatigorsky
  4. Trio No. 1 Op. 32 in D Minor / Finale: Allegro non troppo - Jascha Heifetz / Leonard Pennario / Gregor Piatigorsky
  5. Concerto, RV 547/Op. 22, No. 2/P. 388 in B-Flat / Allegro moderato
  6. Concerto, RV 547/Op. 22, No. 2/P. 388 in B-Flat / Andante
  7. Concerto, RV 547/Op. 22, No. 2/P. 388 in B-Flat / Allegro molto
  8. Duo for Violin and Cello / Preludium: Andante moderato
  9. Duo for Violin and Cello / Rondo: Allegro con brio

Disc: 13

  1. Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219, in A "Turkish" / Allegro aperto
  2. Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219, in A "Turkish" / Adagio
  3. Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219, in A "Turkish" / Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto; Allegro
  4. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Prelude and Fuge: Lento; Andante - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  5. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Theme: Andante - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  6. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Variation I: Allegro moderato - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  7. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Variation II: Andantino mosso - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  8. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Variation III: Moderato - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  9. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Variation IV: Allegro - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  10. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Variation V: Andantino - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario
  11. Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35 / Sonata: Allegro - Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leanord Pennario

Disc: 14

  1. Quintet, Op. 81, in A / Allegro ma non tanto - Jascha Heifetz / Jacob Lateiner / Israel Baker / Joseph de Pasquale / Gregor Piatigorsky
  2. Quintet, Op. 81, in A / Dumka: Andante con moto - Jascha Heifetz / Jacob Lateiner / Israel Baker / Joseph de Pasquale / Gregor Piatigorsky
  3. Quintet, Op. 81, in A / Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace - Jascha Heifetz / Jacob Lateiner / Israel Baker / Joseph de Pasquale / Gregor Piatigorsky
  4. Quintet, Op. 81, in A / Finale: Allegro - Jascha Heifetz / Jacob Lateiner / Israel Baker / Joseph de Pasquale / Gregor Piatigorsky
  5. Trio in C / Allegretto vivo
  6. Trio in C / Scherzo: Vivo
  7. Trio in C / Andante
  8. Trio in C / Rondo: Vivo

Disc: 15

  1. Piano Quartet, Op. 60, in C Minor / Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Piano Quartet, Op. 60, in C Minor / Scherzo: Allegro
  3. Piano Quartet, Op. 60, in C Minor / Andante
  4. Piano Quartet, Op. 60, in C Minor / Finale: Allegro
  5. Sonata in D / Allegretto spiritoso
  6. Sonata in D / Vivace
  7. Sonata in D / Grave
  8. Sonata in D / Allegro assai
  9. Divertimento, Op. 37, No. 2 / Flott und lustig - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  10. Divertimento, Op. 37, No. 2 / Adagio - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky
  11. Divertimento, Op. 37, No. 2 / Vivace molto - Jascha Heifetz / Gregor Piatigorsky

Disc: 16

  1. Quintet, K. 515, in C / Allegro
  2. Quintet, K. 515, in C / Andante
  3. Quintet, K. 515, in C / Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. Quintet, K. 515, in C / Allegro
  5. Trio No. 2, Op. 66, in C Minor / Allegro energico e con fuoco
  6. Trio No. 2, Op. 66, in C Minor / Andante espressivo
  7. Trio No. 2, Op. 66, in C Minor / Scherzo: Molto allegro, quasi presto
  8. Trio No. 2, Op. 66, in C Minor / Finale: Allegro appassionato

Disc: 17

  1. Double Quartet, Op. 65 in D Minor / Allegro
  2. Double Quartet, Op. 65 in D Minor / Scherzo: Vivace
  3. Double Quartet, Op. 65 in D Minor / Larghetto
  4. Double Quartet, Op. 65 in D Minor / Finale: Allegro molto
  5. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka I / Lento maestoso - Allegro quasi doppio movimento
  6. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka I / Lento maestoso - Allegro
  7. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka II / Poco adagio - Vivace non troppo
  8. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka II / Poco adagio
  9. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka II / Vivace
  10. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka III / Andante
  11. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka III / Vivace non troppo
  12. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka III / Andante
  13. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka IV / Andante moderato
  14. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka IV / Allegretto scherzando
  15. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka V / Allegro
  16. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka VI / Lento maestoso
  17. Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" in E Minor / Dumka VI / Vivace

Disc: 18

  1. Trio, Op. 65 in F Minor / Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Trio, Op. 65 in F Minor / Allegretto grazioso
  3. Trio, Op. 65 in F Minor / Poco adagio
  4. Trio, Op. 65 in F Minor / Finale: Allegro con brio
  5. Suite italienne / Introduzione
  6. Suite italienne / Serenata
  7. Suite italienne / Aria
  8. Suite italienne / Tarantella
  9. Suite italienne / Gavotta
  10. Suite italienne / Minuetto e Finale
  11. Prelude, Op. 39, No. 1
  12. Passacaglia No. 6 (Harpsichord Suite No. 7) in G Minor

Disc: 19

  1. Quintet No. 2, Op. 111, in G / Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
  2. Quintet No. 2, Op. 111, in G / Adagio
  3. Quintet No. 2, Op. 111, in G / Un poco allegretto
  4. Quintet No. 2, Op. 111, in G / Vivace ma non troppo presto
  5. Trio, Op. 70, No. 2, in E-Flat / Poco sostenuto; Allegro ma non troppo
  6. Trio, Op. 70, No. 2, in E-Flat / Allegretto
  7. Trio, Op. 70, No. 2, in E-Flat / Allegretto ma non troppo
  8. Trio, Op. 70, No. 2, in E-Flat / Finale: Allegro

Disc: 20

  1. Trio No. 2, D. 929/Op. 100 / Allegro
  2. Trio No. 2, D. 929/Op. 100 / Andante con moto
  3. Trio No. 2, D. 929/Op. 100 / Scherzando: Allegro moderato
  4. Trio No. 2, D. 929/Op. 100 / Allegro moderato
  5. Trio No. 2, Op. 87 in C / Allegro
  6. Trio No. 2, Op. 87 in C / Andante con moto
  7. Trio No. 2, Op. 87 in C / Scherzo: Presto
  8. Trio No. 2, Op. 87 in C / Finale: Allegro giocoso

Disc: 21

  1. Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 / I. Allegro ma non tanto - Jascha Heifetz / Jacob Lateiner / Israel Baker / William Primrose / Gregor Piatigorsky
  2. Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 / II. Dumka - Andante con moto - Jascha Heifetz / Jacob Lateiner / Israel Baker / William Primrose / Gregor Piatigorsky
  3. Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 / III. Scherzo (Furiant) - Molto vivace
  4. Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 / IV. Finale - Allegro
  5. Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 / Allegro con spirito
  6. Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 / Adagio cantabile e con moto
  7. Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 / Allegretto moderato
  8. Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 / Allegro vivace

Product Description

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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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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Just an amazing bargain from RCA/Sony. Yes, one can complain about the sound being less than we would expect nowadays, but really, only on the first two discs (out of 21), which were recorded in 1950, is it a real drawback. The 1957 Beethoven String Trio discs show their age a bit, but not to an extent that would stop you from enjoying the performances. Also, I wondered about the 1960 Brahms Double Concerto disc (Wallenstein conducting), and while it's true that the solo instruments are prominent, the orchestra has plenty of presence, Wallenstein moves the piece along energetically, and Heifetz and Piatgorsky both play with passion. What we older listeners think of as "The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts" properly so-called began in the 1960's, and so about 15 of the 21 discs are devoted to them. I never owned any on vinyl, and I'm very pleased to have them now, for the sound is fine and the performances are outstanding -- alive, spontaneous-sounding, with the various additional artists contributing with distinction. Lateiner and Pennario are very positive pianists, and the other string players who join H. and P. are splendid too. I haven't played absolutely everything yet, but from the later concerts, I was impressed by the Schubert Piano Trio No. 2, which was never issued on vinyl but is a crackling performance. It's a bit less relaxed than some performances I've heard, but the music can take it. It's really good. The Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 was also impressive. In addition to standard repertory (Mendelssohn, Mozart, Dvorak, in addition to those already mentioned), there are also pieces by Arensky, Martinu, Rosza, and Toch. I would stress that anything you might have read about Heifetz's playing being soul-less ought to be put out of your mind. This is great music, played to the hilt, and lots of it, for an incredibly low price -- about one pound sterling a disc. How can you pass it up?
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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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