Mendelssohn & Prokofieff : Violin Concertos

Menselssohn : Violin Concerto - Prokofieff : Violin Concerto No. 2

Jascha Heifetz, Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1958)

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2314

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847) :
    A - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1845)
    Sergei Prokofieff (1891 - 1953) :
    B - Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (1935)

    Jascha Heifetz's 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 alsosa id that Heifetz preferred to be recorded relatively close to the microphone.

    Heifetz was very particular about his choice of strings. He used a silver wound Tricolore gut G string, plain gut unvarnished D and A strings, and a Goldbrokat steel E string medium including clear Hill brand rosin sparingly. He believed that playing on gut strings was important in rendering an individual sound.

    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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