Sibelius : Violin Concerto

Jascha Heifetz with Walter Hendl conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2435

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram

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    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) : Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47

    Recorded 1959.

    Jean Sibelius composed his  Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 in 1904, revised in 1905. "The violin had got me completely under its spell; for ten years it was my greatest wish to become a great violin virtuoso …", confessed Finland’s national composer Jean Sibelius in later years. Although he began a career as a violin virtuoso too late, as a composer he profited enormously from his intimate knowledge of the instrument and the possibilities it offered. This is particularly apparent in his Violin Concerto with its wonderful synthesis of virtuosic expression and technical bravura, its classical symphonic form, its outward effects and inner substance. This late-romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most rewarding for every soloist.

    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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