The Art of Jascha Heifetz Episode 1

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LIVE recording of Jascha Heifetz playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, with Arturo Toscanini as conductor.
April 9, 1944

Movement 1: Allegro molto appassionato
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Allegretto non troppo Allegro molto vivace

Jascha Heifetz: Conus Violin Concerto

Jascha Heifetz: Saint Saens Intro and Rondo Capriccioso
Heifetz performs the Saint Saens Intro and Rondo Capriccioso from 1939 - "Movie They Shall Have Music"

Jascha Heifetz: Bach Chaconne from Partita No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004
Heifetz In Performance, 1970 and another performance, an older one.

Jascha Heifetz: Vitali Chaconne with organ

Jascha Heifetz: Beethoven Romance Op.50

Jascha Heifetz: Elgar La Capricieuse

Very Rare - Jascha Heifetz (age 11)
Mozart 'Gavotte in G' from 'Idomeneo' (1912)

Jascha Heifetz, at the age of 11 plays Mozart's Gavotte in G from 'Idomeneo', transcribed for violin by Leopold Auer. Recorded on a wax cylinder for Julius Block, on November 4th, 1912, at the Block's estate in Grunewald, Germany. This is not the first recording of Heifetz (he made some discs in 1910 for a small Russian record company), but the sound quality is much better than those 1910 recordings.

The Recording is very well-recorded, although the surface noise is really terrible. Maybe Block was simply 'addicted' to this performance of the child prodigy and played in over and over until the cylinder got so worn out like this.

Heifetz was born into a Jewish family in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. His father, Reuven Heifetz, son of Elie, was a local violin teacher and served as the concertmaster of the Vilnius Theatre Orchestra for one season before the theatre closed down. Jascha took up the violin when he was three years old and his father was his first teacher. At five he started lessons with Ilya D. Malkin, a former pupil of Leopold Auer. He was a child prodigy, making his public debut at seven, in Kovno (now Kaunas, Lithuania) playing the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn. In 1910 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory to study under Leopold Auer himself.