One of the most grown-up review sites around

2020
54,416 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

 

BUY NOW 

AmazonUK   AmazonUS

Max BRUCH (1838-1920)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 (1868) [22.11]
Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 (1880) [25.55]
Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881)
Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor Op.37 (1858) [17.27]
Jascha Heifetz (violin)
New Symphony Orchestra of London/Malcolm Sargent
rec. Walthamstow Town Hall, 1961 and 1962
BMG-RCA RED SEAL SACD 82876 716 222 [65.20]
Itís welcome news that RCA Red Seal has got around to present Heifetzís 1961-62 concerto haul with Malcolm Sargent on SACD. Iíve forgotten now quite how many times Iíve reviewed his Scottish Fantasy Ė but the last time was in the context of BMGís Heifetz in Performance DVD and CD set (see review). Iíve always been partial to the Perlman recording of this for the sumptuous soloist and for the sympathetic conducting, but in my experience the conductor who gets the most out of the orchestral part is Kurt Masur for Accardo Ė his is a stunning example of warmth and clarity (see review). He certainly gets more out of it than Sargent, who is by no means routine but who cedes ground at most important points. Steinberg was the conductor in Heifetzís only other commercial recording of the work (now on Naxos - see review), a decade earlier. I happen to prefer the later one with Sargent.
 
Sargent made two recordings of the Bruch G minor with Heifetz, a decade apart. By 1962 the trademark Heifetz devices were firmly in place and little that he does will surprise admirers. That said whilst this is glamorous and succulent playing there are times when some of his rubati, especially in the opening movement, do sound a touch forced. Overall he seems more temperamentally suited to the Fantasy. The third recording is the note-spinning but very enjoyable Vieuxtemps A minor. This is one the most lop sided concertos in the violin book with a twelve minute opening movement and a finale that takes, here, barely a minute. . Admittedly the finale was tacked on ... but still. Sargent and Heifetz had originally recorded it on 78s back in 1947. Refined elegance is the watchword Ė the Gallic care for line and elegance ensure that we donít get unnecessary fireworks even in the first movement cadenza. Heifetzís sustenance of legato in the Adagio is a wondrous thing.
 
There has been some tape deterioration, a feature Iíve noticed on a number of these revivified SACDs of classic Red Seals. Little blips on the master tape are noticeable at high level, as is a degree of hiss. However those who failed to collect the Heifetz Edition have now gradually had the opportunity to add things courtesy of a number of companies and this is just such an opportunity. The same line up of concertos was also issued on a 1990 BMG cheapie and it had the same running order.
 
Jonathan Woolf
 

BUY NOW 

AmazonUK   AmazonUS

 

 

 


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews


all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews


All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk
Stanczyk Acousmatic Music

Oropesa

October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus

 


Return to Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.