S0167. JASCHA HEIFETZ, w.Koussevitzky Cond. Boston S.O.: Concerto #2 in g (Prokofiev), recorded 20 Dec., 1937; w.Monteux Cond. San Francisco S.O.: Violin Concerto, Op.47 (Gruenberg), recorded 17 Dec., 1945. (Canada) Naxos 8.110942. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 636943194225
"...in 1944, the greatest violinist in the world, Jascha Heifetz, commissioned and premiered Gruenberg's Violin Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and recorded it with Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1945. It is a lively work in three movements. Originally recorded for RCA Victor on shellac 78 RPM discs, it's considered a legendary performance of the master at the height of his powers, and is frequently re-issued paired with Heifetz's 1937 recording of the Prokofiev Violin Concerto."
“Some listeners found [Heifetz] profound, noble and aristocratic, while others considered him cold, emotionless, and superficial. The recurring criticism that he played without emotion prompted Heifetz to hire a publicist in 1935, but he never shook the image. In 1940, music critic Virgil Thomson wrote a notorious review entitled ‘Silk Underwear Music’ which accused Heifetz of ‘empty elegance’ and said his ‘machine-tooled’ performances had ‘no musical or emotional significance’. This, despite acknowledging Heifetz' ‘silken tone’, ‘famous double stops’, and ‘true pitch’. No, Heifetz' conception of music was ‘embarrassingly refined’, hence the reference to silk underwear.”
– Christopher M. Wright (referencing Thomson‘s notorious 1940 ‘Silk Underwear Music’ review).