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A prodigy from childhood, Jascha Heifetz was born on Feb. 2, 1901 in Vilna, Lithuania. He received his first violin lessons from his father, also a violinist, and entered the Royal Music School at Vilna at the age of 4, where he studied under Elias Malkin. He made his first public appearance at 5 and graduated from the school at 8. Admitted at the Imperial Conservatory in St. Petersburg a year later, he became a pupil of Leopold Auer. Public appearances a few years later in St. Petersburg were followed by a tour of Russia, Germany and Scandinavia. His concert with the Berlin Philharmonic under Arthur Nikisch was electrifying.

Continuing his studies with Auer, he toured Europe with ever increasing popularity. His family moved to New York during the Russian Revolution and on Oct. 28, 1917, be made his debut in New York at the Metropolitan Opera House. This concert was followed by an American tour, and it was about this time that his first Victor records appeared. When electrical recording made its appearance, many of the older discs were re-recorded.

 

THE HEIFETZ RECORDINGS

A growing, incomplete listing of Jascha Heifetz 78rpm recordings. You are invited to add/correct this wiki.

ACHRON

Hebrew Melody and SARASATE: ZapateaJo, Op. 23, No. 6. With Isidor Action (piano). 12" record, V-6695

BAZZINI

La Ronde des Latins, Op. 25. and WIENIAWSKI: Polonaise Brilliante in D major. Op. 4. With Emanuel Bay (piano). 12" record. V-15813

BEETHOVEN

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61. With the N.B.C. Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Five 12" records (9 sides -last side blank) in Set VM-705; Complete with album.
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, in E flat major, Op. 12, No. 3. With Emanuel Bay (piano). Three 12" records (5 sides -last side Hank) in Set VDM-852; Complete with album.
  • Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, No. 7, in B flat major, Op. 97. (Archduke). With Emanuel Feuermann (cello) and Artur Rubinstein (piano). Five 12" records (10 sides) in Set VM-949; Complete with album.


BRAHMS

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 77. With the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitsky. Five 12" records (9 sides -last side blank) in Set VDM-581; Complete with album.
  • Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102. With Emanuel Feuermann (cello) and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Four 12 records (8 sides) in Set VDM-815; Complete with album.
  • Sonata for violin and Piano No. 2, in A major, Op. 100. With Emanuel Bay (piano). Three 12" records (5 sides -last side blank) in Set VDM-856; Complete with album.
  • Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 1, in B major, Op. 8. With Emanuel Feuermann (cello) and Artur Rubinstein (piano). Four 12" records in Set VDM-883; Complete with album.


CASTEIJSTUOVO-TEDESCO

Sea Murmurs (arr. Heifers) and RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumble Bee, and GODOWSKY: Alt Wein. With Arpad Sandor. 10" record. V-1645

CHAUSSON

Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major. Op. 21. With Jesus Maria Sanroma (piano) and the Musical Art Quartet. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VM-877; Complete with album.

DEBUSSY

La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin (arr. Hartmann) and La Plus Que Lent-Waltz, and GRIEG: Impromptu (Sherzo) (arr. Actron). With Isidor Actron (piano). 12" record, V-6622

DINICU

Hora Staccato (arr. Heifetz) and KORNGOLD: Holzapfel und Schlehwein. With Emannel Bay (piano) and Arpad Sandor (piano). 10" record, V-1864

DOHNANYI

Serenade for Violin, Viola, and Cello in C major. Op. 10. With William Primrose (viola) and Emanuel Feuermann (cello). Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set VDM-903; Complete with album.

DRIGO

Valse Bluette (arr. Auer) and PONCE: Estrel-Iita (arr. Heifetz). With Isidor Acliron (piano). 10" record, Y-1332

DE FALLA

Jota, and GREIG: Puck (arr. Actron) and MENDELSSOHN: On Wings of Song (arr. Actron). With Isidor Actron (piano). 12" record. V-6848.

FRANCK

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, With Artur Rubinstein (piano). Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set VDM-449; Complete with album.

GLAZUNOV

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 82. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted By John Barbirolli. (5 sides) and Meditation, Op. 32. With Arpad Sandor (piano) (1 side). Three 12" records in Set VDM-218: Complete with album.
  • Meditation, Op. 82. and WIENIAWSKI: Scherzo Tarantella, Op. 16. With Arpad Sandor (piano). 12" record V-14323. (Also see Concerto above).


GODOWSKY

Alt Wein. See CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Sea Murmurs.

GRIEG

  • Impromptu (Scherzo). See DEBUSSY: La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin. Puck. See DE FALLA: Jota.
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2, in G major, Op. 13. With Emanuel Bay (piano). Three 12" records (5 sides -last side blank) in Set VM-735; Complete with album.


HANDEL

Passacaglia (from Harpsichord Suite No. 7, in G minor) (arr. Halvorsen). With William Primrose (viola). 12" record (2 sides), V-ll-8151

KORNGOLD

Holzapfel und Schlehwein. See DINICU: Hora Staccato.

MENDELSSOHN

On Wings of Song. See DE FALLA: Jota.

MOZART

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (Turkish). With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VDM-254; Complete with album.
  • Divertimento for Violin, and Cello in E flat major, K. 563. With William Primrose (viola) and Emanuel Feuermann (cello). Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VDM-959; Complete with album.
  • Duo for Violin and Viola No. 2 in B flat major, K. 424. With William Primrose (viola). Three 12" records (5 sides -last side blank) in Set VM-831; Complete with album.


PONCE (MANUEL)

Estrellita. See DRIGO: Valse Bluette.

PROKOFIEFF

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, in G minor, Op. 63. With the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitzty. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set VDM-450; Complete with album.

RAVEL

Tzigane. With Arpad Sandor (piano). 12" record (2 sides). V-8411

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Flight of the Bumble Bee. See CASTEL-NUOVO-TEDESCO: Sea Murmurs.

SAINT-SAENS

  • Havanaise, Op. 83. With the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. 12" record (2 sides), V-15347
  • Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. 12" record (2 sides), V-14115


SARASATE

  • Zapateajo. See ACHRON: Hebrew Melody.
  • Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20. No. 1. With the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. 12" record (2 sides), V-15246


SCHUBERT

  • Ave Maria (arr. Wilhelm) and Rondo (arr. Friedberg). With Isidor Achron (piano). 12" record. V-6691
  • Trio for Violin. Cello, and Piano No. 1, in B flat major, Op. 99. With Emanuel Feuermann (cello) and Artur Rubinstein (piano). Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VDM-923: Complete with album.


SIBELIUS

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor. Op. 47. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VDM-309; Complete with album.

TCHAIKOWSKY

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VDM-356; Complete with album.

VIEUXTEMPS

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4, in D minor, Op. 31. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli, Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set VDM-297; Complete with album.

WALTON

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Dedicated to Heifetz). With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Goosens Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set VDM-868; Complete with album.

WIENIAKSKI

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2 in D minor, Op.22. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli, (5 sides) and Scherzo Tarantelle, Op.16. With Arpad Sandor (piano) (1 side) Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set VDM-275; Complete with album.
  • Polonaise Brilliante in D major, Op.4 See BAZZINI: la Ronde des Lutins. Scherzo Tarantelle, Op.16. See Concerto above and also GLASUNOV: Meditation


The information contained here was compiled from sources dating from the mid 1940's.


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