Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5 - Heifetz, Sargent
Living Stereo 82876716222
Classical - Orchestral
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26, Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5 in A minor Op. 37
Jascha Heifetz (violin)
New Symphony Orchestra of London
Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
Review by Mark Novak - August 22, 2006
It amazes how good the sound is from these ~45 year old recordings. Have we really progressed all that much in recorded sound since then? Some might say we have regressed - and I would be hard-pressed to argue. That said, this recording is not perfect (few are IMO - see the forum for a liveley discussion on this topic). To wit, Heifetz's violin is too prominant in the mix. The timbre is excellent, however, and reveals his great skill as a fiddler. Other than that, I don't have a complaint about the sound. It is really good.
The performances are classic in the best sense of the word. There have been many good recordings of these works over the years but none better than this one. Sargent's conducting is sympathetic with Heifitz's whims. Get this one to get a glimpse of a bygone era in performance and sound.
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