S0540. JASCHA HEIFETZ, w.Emanuel Bay (Pf.): Encores, Vol.II, incl. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Sarasate, Nin,Halffter, de Falla, Milhaud, Poldowski, Arensky, Tansman, Rimskky-Korsakov, Korngold, Bax & Castelnuovo-Tedesco. (Germany) Naxos 8.112073, recorded 1946-47. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. - 636943207376
"Over four days of sessions in Hollywood during 1946 and 1947, Jascha Heifetz and his regular accompanist Emanuel Bay recorded this evocative series of encores. The repertoire was wide-ranging, and included three Spanish pieces by Sarasate, Nin and Ernesto Halffter, all delectably played, in his only recordings of them. He turned also to his own transcription of Bax’s 'Mediterranean' as well as to staples such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling 'Flight of The Bumble-Bee'. Throughout, Heifetz’s bowing, pizzicati, double stops, glissandi and inimitable portamenti grace these pieces with incredible freshness."
- Zillah Dorset Akron
“Heifetz was universally acclaimed as the violinist of the century. But for many, that wasn’t enough. Even his harshest detractors had to admit that Jascha Heifetz had the greatest technique in history (and the few recordings of his concerts prove that his precision wasn’t a studio fabrication)….Rather than embrace mellow maturity, Heifetz maintained throughout his half-century career the fleet precision of his initial fame….Throughout his career, Heifetz projected his sensational technique and pure tone with affirmative athletic confidence. Even in his last performances, he sounds like the most youthful violinist on record….For most artists, recording quality is at best a secondary concern. But with Heifetz it’s crucial, since the exquisite subtlety of his tone was such an essential part of his artistry….Although his fame arose when the 1900s had barely begun, no artist in the last 80 years has displaced Heifetz as ‘the violinist of the century’….his fabulous recorded legacy reminds us why.”
- Peter Gutmann, CLASSICAL NOTES