S0503. JASCHA HEIFETZ, w.Milton Kaye & Emanuel Bay (Pfs.): Miniatures, Vol. I, incl. Benjamin, Gardner, Dyer, White, Godard, Foster, Bennett, Burleigh, Aguirre, Weill, Gershwin, etc.; w.Voorhees Cond. Bell Telephone Hour Orch.: Bygone memories (Cyril Scott) & Jamaican Rumba (Arthur Benjamin); w.Camarata Cond.: White Christmas (Irving Berlin); w.Bing Crosby; Victor Young Cond.: Lullaby (Godard) & Where my caravan has rested (Löhr). (Germany) Naxos 8.111379, recorded 1944-46. Transfers by David Lennick. - 747313337927
"During 1943–44 Jascha Heifetz toured widely, entertaining US troops with popular repertoire as well as that of the great classical composers. Returning to turmoil in the recording industry, Heifetz worked briefly for Decca rather than RCA, recording hits such as 'Jamaican Rumba' and his own superb arrangements of Gershwin’s PORGY AND BESS, as well as collaborating with Bing Crosby. He performed this lighter music with all of the precision and passion he invested in major masterpieces. As Heifetz himself once said: ‘There are only two kinds of music—good music and bad music'. This is the first of two newly re-mastered discs which preserve a unique and timelessly magical moment in musical history."
“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).