Tchaikovsky : Violin Concerto

Jascha Heifetz with Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2129

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram

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    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) : Violin Concerto

    Recorded in 1958

    The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, was written by Tchaikovsky in 1878. It is scored for solo violin, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in A and B-flat, two bassoons, four horns in F, two trumpets in D, timpani and strings.

    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.

    Hailed as one of the greatest - perhaps the greatest violinists of this century — Jascha Heifetz delivers what is considered an unequaled performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved concerto. Conductor Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in top form, provide the perfect context for Maestro Heifetz's dazzling performance.

    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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