The complete Heifetz stereo recordings have been remastered in 24-bit from their original tapes for the first time and are now available in a new 24-CD box set from Sony Classical http://www.smarturl.it/JH-CompleteStereo
Soon to air as a part of The American Masters series on PBS in the United States, this film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do, a musical wunderkind who went on to set the standards for nearly a century. We get to know Jascha Heifetz through home movies and personal family photos taken from 1903-1987, a prestigious concert artist so well known in popular culture, his name became synonymous for greatness. The program includes interviews with the great violinists of his generation, and from many of his former students, although his son, Jay, not interviewed in the film, remembers the years of growing up with his father as being joyous and loving, not consistent with the conclusions drawn by the film and its sources.
Now available on DVD for the first time, the rare acting performance features Jascha Heifetz together with Andrew Leeds, Joel McCrea and Walter Brennan. Running away from home after his stepfather threatens him with reform school, young Frankie (Gene Reynolds) attends a concert by Heifetz that turns his life around. Stumbling upon a settlement house where free music lessons are given to the poor, Frankie studies the violin until the school’s financial woes inspire him to organize a benefit concert headlined by Heifetz to prevent the school from being closed. Highlighted by the greatest violinist of his time performing works of Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, They Shall Have music remains one of Samuel Goldwyn’s proudest achievements, a 1939 Academy Award® nominee for Best Music (Scoring).
Two new releases from the Heifetz Series for Violin are now available — George Frederic Handel’s Passacaglia for Two Violins, and Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brilliant No. 2. Both products are accessible from Sheet Music Plus by clicking on the editions’ covers here, or from either Amazon or Sheet Music Plus by using the “Store” link above.
Sony Classics has just released a limited number of additional copies of the 103-CD Heifetz Complete Collection, available through the link on this site worldwide.
“The greatest number of audio discs in a boxed set of classical recordings by a single instrumentalist is 103, achieved by Jascha Heifetz – The Complete Album Collection” GUINNESS WOLRD RECORDS LTD — Guinness World Records, December 14, 2010.
“Befitting his legendary status, Jascha Heifetz-The Complete Album Collection, is the biggest box set ever created for a solo artist. With 103 CDs and 1 DVD, this limited edition collection features all of the violinist’s recordings made by RCA Victor between 1917 and 1972,those made in England for His Master’s Voice and distributed in the U.S. by RCA Red Seal, three LPs issued on Columbia Masterworks and one on Vox Cum Laude. Of special note is the inclusion of three bonus CDs containing over two-and-a-half hours of previously unreleased music and a DVD documentary, “Heifetz in Performance”, with footage of the artist playing his favorite repertoire. Rounding out this impressive collection are CDs packaged in reproductions of the original LP sleeves and labels, plus a 260-page hardcover book, making this THE must-have box set of the year.”
With his recordings of the Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos, Jascha Heifetz impressively demonstrated why he was the most celebrated violin soloist of his generation. As part of the iTunes Essentials: Classical series, these great recordings are now available at a special price for a limited time.
A new English translation of the history of Jascha Heifetz’ early years in Russia, including family interactions, first lessons and performances, conservatory experiences, and newspaper coverage is now available. Written by St. Petersburg archivist Galina Kopytova with the collaboration of Albina Starkova-Heifetz, and translated by Dario Sarlo and Alexandra Wiktorek, the English version has been published by Indiana University Press, and is now available from Amazon: