Bruch : Scottish Fantasy

Bruch : Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Vieuxtemps : Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 37

Jascha Heifetz, Malcolm Sargent conducting the London New Symphony Orchestra (1962)

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2603

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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    Max Bruch (1838 - 1920) composed the Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op. 46 in 1880; it was dedicated to the virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate.

    Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) style of playing was highly influential in defining the way modern violinists approach the instrument. His use of rapid vibrato, emotionally charged portamento, fast tempi, and superb bow control coalesced to create a highly distinctive sound that makes Heifetz's playing instantly recognizable to aficionados. Itzhak Perlman, who himself is noted for his rich warm tone and expressive use of portamento, describes Heifetz's tone as like "a tornado" because of its emotional intensity; he also said that Heifetz preferred to be recorded relatively close to the microphone. 

    Heifetz owned the 1714 “Dolphin” Stadivarius, the 1731 "Piel" Stradivarius and the 1742 “ex-David” Guarneri del Gesù. He played on gut strings, saying that it was important in rendering an individual sound.

    Recorded in May 1962 at Walthamstow Hall in Sevenoaks, Kent, by Kenneth Wilkinson and the Decca Recording team

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.

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