Heifetz Transcriptions

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313267026
  • Catalog Number: 8557670
  • Sales rank: 301,106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nocturne, arrangement for violin & piano (after Chopin's Op. 55/2) - Frédéric Chopin & Jascha Heifetz (5:30)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin, Jascha Heifetz
  2. 2 Dance No.4, arrangement for violin & piano (after Krien's Dance Suite, Op. 44) - Alexander Krein & Jascha Heifetz (1:13)
    Composed byAlexander Krein, Jascha Heifetz
  3. 3 Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, arrangement for violin & piano (after Foster) - Stephen Foster & Jascha Heifetz (3:19)
    Composed byStephen Foster, Jascha Heifetz
  4. 4 Flight of the Bumblebee, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Sultan) - Jascha Heifetz & Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1:20)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  5. 5 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice") - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Michael Chertock (3:20)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
  6. 6 March, arrangement for violin & piano (after Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges") - Jascha Heifetz & Sergey Prokofiev (1:43)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz, Sergey Prokofiev
  7. 7 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy) - Claude Debussy & Jascha Heifetz (8:12)
    Composed byClaude Debussy, Jascha Heifetz
  8. 8 Tango, arrangement for violin & piano (after "Two Maids Wooing" from Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Shakespeare Songs) - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Jascha Heifetz (1:46)
    Composed byMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Jascha Heifetz
  9. 9 Deep River, arrangement of spiritual for violin & piano - Jascha Heifetz & Michael Chertock (2:32)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz
  10. 10 Masks, arrangement for violin & piano (after Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet) - Jascha Heifetz & Sergey Prokofiev (2:11)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz, Sergey Prokofiev
  11. 11 Along the Silent Forest Path, arrangement for violin & piano (after R. Strauss song, Op. 9/1) - Jascha Heifetz & Richard Strauss (2:52)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz, Richard Strauss
  12. 12 Ao pé da fogueira (By the bonfire), arrangement for violin & piano (after F. Valle's Preludio 15) - Jascha Heifetz & Michael Chertock (1:29)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz, Flausino Vale
  13. 13 Sevilla, arrangement for violin & piano (after No. 3 of Albéniz's Suite española, Op. 47) - Isaac Albéniz & Jascha Heifetz (4:17)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz, Jascha Heifetz
  14. 14 Hora staccato (After Grigoras Dinicu) - Grigoras Dinicu & Jascha Heifetz (2:12)
    Composed byGrigoras Dinicu, Jascha Heifetz
  15. 15 Golliwog's Cake-Walk, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy) - Claude Debussy & Jascha Heifetz (3:10)
    Composed byClaude Debussy, Jascha Heifetz
  16. 16 Romanza, arrangement for violin & piano (after Dohnányí's Suite for Orchestra, Op. 19) - Ernst von Dohnányi & Jascha Heifetz (4:40)
    Composed byErnst von Dohnányi, Jascha Heifetz
  17. 17 Estrellita, arrangement for violin & piano (after Ponce's song) - Manuel Ponce & Jascha Heifetz (3:19)
    Composed byManuel Ponce, Jascha Heifetz
  18. 18 Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: A woman is a sometime thing - Jascha Heifetz & George Gershwin (4:23)
    Composed byJascha Heifetz, George Gershwin
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