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Colin Clarke
Classical Recordings Quarterly, July 2013

Heifetz’s way with Spanish music is positively delicious…

Mark Obert-Thorn’s transfer work is laudable: it would be hard indeed to guess the recording dates from the sound alone. Great fun. © 2013 Classical Recordings Quarterly

David Radcliffe
American Record Guide, May 2013

…this anthology of recordings…has both good sound and an interesting program to recommend it. Heifetz, ever the adventurer, takes on a number of modernist works, demonstrating his capacity to reduce the most strident dissonance to elegant sleekness. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

We have no record of the programmes Jascha Heifetz presented to the armed forces in the Second World War, but these virtuoso ‘encores’ must have featured. In four days in 1946 and 1947 he went into the studio and placed on disc the twenty-two tracks here gathered together. He must have been exhausted after those long wartime tours, but it would have been good commercial sense to promote his recordings while he remained in the memory of the soldiers. From a musical point of view they may not be important, but they display his wide interest in music, many of the composers represented probably unknown to record collectors of the time. They also display just about every pyrotechnic in the violinist’s armory - razor-sharp pizzicati, double-stopping, spiccato, glissandi, mercurial left-hand fingers, and superb bowing control. Listen to track 9 to sample many of them in Alexandre Tansman’s Mouvement perpetuel, a dazzling display of synchronization between both hands. Among some unexpected tracks are Arnold Bax’s joyful picture, Mediterranean, in Heifetz’s arrangement, and an excerpt from Arensky’s Violin Concerto to remind us that many little-known concertos he ‘championed’, were only ever performed in concert with piano accompaniment. Many of the tracks are in his arrangements, including an incredibly fast Flight of the Bumble-Bee - does he really do some left-hand pizzicati in this manic flight? His frequent piano partner, Emanuel Bay, does all that is required, and the transfers are of remarkable quality. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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