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Heifetz Plays Gershwin
This disc might well have been designed heifettz illustrate the opening line of Wolf’s Italian Songbook, ”Auch kleine Dinge One doesn’t need to dwell on his flawless technique, his command of nuance, his tonal beauty or its variety, from gently tender in ”Bess, you is my woman now” to ferocious in the ”Sabre dance”, his seeming spontaneity in a piece as familiar to him as the Hora staccato which he put on the map: Perhaps less realized by the public at large is his brilliant skill, inventiveness and ingenuity as an arranger—the Drigo ”Valse bluette”, a piece of trifling musical value, is transformed into a dazzling virtuoso showpiece and beyond the violinistic elaborations extensive double-stopping, octave work, harmonics, etc.
Just occasionally he goes over the top: Wilhelmj’s flowery arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria is schmalzed up with big ritardandos all over the place; heigetz is an over-sugary On wings of song with a horrible key-change to the second verse, though I’m not sure that that was Heifetz’s doing ; and emotion slops over in La plus que lenteespecially in some convulsive rubatos in its central section.
But these heifet the exceptions: Some of the recordings are a bit on the close side for comfort, and heifezt level of the piano sound Bay in the recordings made beforeSmith thereafter varies a good deal, one or two of Smith’s being surprisingly loud. The transfers have been well made, but a rhythmic thud is heard during Rachmaninov’s Vocaliseand there is a curious grating noise at the end gersnwin Korngold.
Heifetz Collection – Gershwin & Encores |
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Composition Artist Credits 3 Preludes. Porgy and Bess, Introduction Porgy and Bess, Summertime.
Heifetz Collection – Gershwin & Encores
Porgy and Bess, A woman is a sometime thing. Porgy and Bess, My man’s gone now.
Porgy and Bess, Bess, you is my woman now. Porgy and Bess, It ain’t necessarily so. Erich Wolfgang Korngold Composer. The Love for Three Oranges, March. Aram Il’yich Khachaturian Composer.
Triakontameron, Alt Wien Old Vienna. La Plus que lente.
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