Heifetz plays Mendelssohn

April 18, 2013

In the April issue, US violist Miles Hoffman chooses his five favourite classical discs. He begins with this recording of Jascha Heifetz performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

‘My love for the violin, and for music, began with this piece and this 1949 recording. When I was a little boy I would go to sleep to the RCA Victor LP virtually every night, and I still can’t listen to it without fighting back tears (and losing the fight). Heifetz’s playing cold? The tenderness and beauty of the slow movement are heart-melting. And I’m staggered by the variety of sonorities Heifetz achieves within any two bars.’

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