Heifetz Transcriptions

Heifetz Transcriptions

by Su Yeon Lee
     
 

A whole disc of Heifetz transcriptions? A whole disc of Heifetz encores would be more accurate. With every work either a breathless display of rampant virtuosity or of shameless display of rank sentimentality or both at the same time, this is disc so consistently amazing that it's ultimately exhausting. One or two or maybe even three tracksSee more details below

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A whole disc of Heifetz transcriptions? A whole disc of Heifetz encores would be more accurate. With every work either a breathless display of rampant virtuosity or of shameless display of rank sentimentality or both at the same time, this is disc so consistently amazing that it's ultimately exhausting. One or two or maybe even three tracks are astounding; more than that may be too much. It's not at all the performers' fault. Young Korean violinist Su Yeon Lee clearly has the technique to play anything that Heifetz could play, from détaché sixty-fourth note runs to spiccato triple-stops to pianissississimo glissandos double-stops, and pianist Michael Chertock keeps pace with her every measure of the way. It's that the music is so quintessentially virtuosic that the sheer of intensity of the program can be numbing if heard all at once. Try Lee's supersonic tempo in Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" or her sensual textures in Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune" or her exquisite vibrato in Foster's "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." Or try her insouciant tone in Prokofiev's March from "The Love for the Three Oranges" or her cool soto voce in Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" or her hushed intimacy in "Deep River" or her unbridled passion in Dinicu's "Hora Staccato." But unless you're prepared, don't try them all: it could wear you out. Although it is abundantly clear Lee can do anything Heifetz could do technically, it will be necessary to hear her in longer works before determining if she can do anything Heifetz could do interpretatively. Still, as an impressive introduction to an outstanding young violinist, this disc certainly serves a purpose. Naxos' sound is clean and clear, but not particularly present.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313267026
catalogNumber:
8557670
Rank:
338302

Tracks

  1. Nocturne, arrangement for violin & piano (after Chopin's Op. 55/2)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Frédéric Chopin  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  2. Dance No.4, arrangement for violin & piano (after Krien's Dance Suite, Op. 44)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Alexander Krein  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  3. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, arrangement for violin & piano (after Foster)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Stephen Foster  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  4. Flight of the Bumblebee, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Sultan)  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Jascha Heifetz  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  5. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  6. March, arrangement for violin & piano (after Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges")  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Jascha Heifetz  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  7. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Claude Debussy  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  8. Tango, arrangement for violin & piano (after "Two Maids Wooing" from Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Shakespeare Songs)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  9. Deep River, arrangement of spiritual for violin & piano  - Jascha Heifetz  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  10. Masks, arrangement for violin & piano (after Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet)  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Jascha Heifetz  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  11. Along the Silent Forest Path, arrangement for violin & piano (after R. Strauss song, Op. 9/1)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Richard Strauss  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  12. Ao pé da fogueira (By the bonfire), arrangement for violin & piano (after F. Valle's Preludio 15)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Michael Chertock  - Flausino Vale  - Su Yeon Lee
  13. Sevilla, arrangement for violin & piano (after No. 3 of Albéniz's Suite española, Op. 47)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Isaac Albéniz  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  14. Hora staccato (After Grigoras Dinicu)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Grigoras Dinicu  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  15. Golliwog's Cake-Walk, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Claude Debussy  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  16. Romanza, arrangement for violin & piano (after Dohnányí's Suite for Orchestra, Op. 19)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Ernst von Dohnányi  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  17. Estrellita, arrangement for violin & piano (after Ponce's song)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Manuel Ponce  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee
  18. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: A woman is a sometime thing  - Jascha Heifetz  - George Gershwin  - Michael Chertock  - Su Yeon Lee

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