Wonderful recordings by the young Jascha Heifetz
Hans U. Widmaier | Elmhurst, IL USA | 07/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These old (1920s) recordings are amazing in the modernity of Heifetz's musical conception and style, as well as in the reliability of his technique. They are among those recordings with which Heifetz created an entirely new aesthetic and technical standard for violin playing, a standard that is controlling to this day. He simply moved violin playing into the modern age. For example, the way Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Hilary Hahn play violin (strong, smooth, even tone; total technical reliability; carefully restrained emotion; the complete ease and understatement with which even the most difficult passages are mastered) is simply inconceivable without the pervasive influence exerted by Jascha Heifetz. And these recordings let us witness how he did it, how he single-handedly revolutionized violin playing (and, together with Toscanin and Horowitz, classical music in general). It's great stuff, and in many ways he is better, more exciting to listen to, than all those that had the misfortune of coming after him. The review below is exceptionally silly for taking Heifetz to task for minor technical issues. When he recorded these pieces, there was no splicing, no re-recording passages that didn't work out so well, no electronic tricks. not only are these recordings essential to the history of musical interpretation, they're also simply great fun to listen to."
Joseph Hart | Visalia, CA United States | 07/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The sound quality is perfect. Not "good considering...", but perfect, period. The music is marvelous. The virtuosity is stunning. Heifetz (and then Perlman) is my favorite. And then Horowitz on the piano and Sumi Jo soprano. In case you were wondering. As someone said about Midori's performance of Paganini's caprices, they knock the others into the pavement! I can't recommend this CD highly enough."