Jascha Heifetz

Heifetz is considered to be one of the finest violinists of all time. His technique and the tonal beauty of his music is still considered to be unequaled by many current violinists. His conservative stage demeanor and personal rigidity, however, caused some critics to characterize him as being mechanical or even cold. Yet, he has been a major influence in defining the way modern violinists approach the instrument. He was known for the use of rapid vibrato, emotionally charged portamento, fast tempos, and superb bow control. He was able to create a highly distinctive sound that made his music instantly recognizable to aficionados.

Although Heifetz made recordings in Russia as early as 1910, most of these are quite rare. After his Carnegie Hall debut, however, Heifetz began making recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company; and its successor, RCA Victor. The Judaica Sound Archives has created four audio albums consisting of 32 of these recordings which were produced between 1917 and 1922 and are in the public domain.

Heifetz was often a controversial figure. He was attacked in Israel in 1953 because he insisted on including the works of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner in his repertoire despite the strong sentiment at the time that they were Nazis. On the other hand, he was a strong critic of the Soviet Union and was considered to be a defector by musicians who stayed in Russia.

In his later years he taught at UCLA and the University of Southern California. His fame as a violinist and teacher was so extensive and his name became so iconic that he was referenced in such pop culture entertainments as The Muppet Show (1977), The Muppet Movie (1979), Broadway Danny Rose by Woody Allen (1984), The Golden Girls (1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989), and Hollywood Ending by Woody Allen (2002).

These recordings were produced prior to 1923 and are in the public domain.

 


Total: 153

A Bis'l Taam (A Little Flavor)
Alt Wien
An Einsamer Quelle
Auf Flügeln Des Gesanges
Auf Flügeln Des Gesanges
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Ave Maria ; Rondo
Banjo and Fiddle
Beethoven: Sonata in D, Op. 12, No. 1
Berceuse, Valse du Ballet
Berceuse, Valse du Ballet
Bess, You is My Woman Now
Brahms Concerto in D, Op.77
Brahms: Trio No. 1, in B Major, Op. 8
Bruch Scottish Fantasy - Viextemps Concerto No. 5
Canzonetta
Caprice
Caprice
Caprice
Caprice, No. 13
Caprice, No. 24 - Part 1
Caprice, Op. 1, No. 20
Caprice, Op. 1, No. 24
Capricieuse
Capricieuse
Capricieuse (Morceau de Genre)
Carmen Fantasie
Chant De Roxane
Chorus of Dervishes
Clair de Lune
Concerto in A Minor - Andante
Concerto in D Minor - 1st Movement - Allegro moder...
Concerto in D Minor - 1st Movement - Allegro moder...
Concerto in D Minor - 1st Movement - Allegro moder...
Concerto in D Minor - 1st Movement - Allegro moder...
Concerto in E Minor - Finale
Concerto in E Minor - Finale
Concerto No. 2, in D Minor, 1st Movement, Allegro ...
Concerto No. 2, in D Minor, 2nd Movement, Romance
Concerto No. 2, in D Minor, 3rd Movement, Allergro...
Concerto No.5 in A Minor Op. 37: 2nd Movement (Par...
Concerto No.5 in A Minor, Op. 37: 1st Movement (Pa...
Estrellita
Etude - Tableau; Danza De La Gitana
Fantasie
Faure: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, Opu...
Favorite Tchaikovsky Concertos - Heifetz Violin Co...
Figaro (largo Al Factotum)
Franck: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Fritz Kreisler Original Compositions and Arrangeme...
Gavotta / March
Gavottes I and II
Glazounow: Concerto in A Minor [for Violin], Opus ...
Grand Adagio
Grieg: Sonata No 2, In G Major for violin & piano
Guitarre
Gypsy Airs No. 1
Gypsy Airs No. 1
Gypsy Airs No. 2
Havanaise
Havanaise
Hebrew Dance
Hebrew Melody
Hebrew Melody
Hebrew Melody
Hebrew Melody
Hebrew Melody
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33
Heifetz Beethoven "Kreutzer" Sonata Bach Concerto ...
Hora Staccato
Hora Staccato
Hora Staccato
Hora Staccato
Hora Staccato
Humoreske
Hungarian Dance No. 1 (in G Minor)
Hungarian Dance No. 1 (in G Minor)
Il Pleure Dans Mon Coeur
Il Pleure Dans Mon Coeur
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - Part 1
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - Part 1
Introduction and Tarantelle
It Ain't Necessarily So
Jascha Heifetz (1917) Vol. 1
Jascha Heifetz (1918) Vol. 2
Jascha Heifetz (1919) Vol. 3
Jascha Heifetz (1920-22) Vol. 4
Korngold Violin Concerto in D Lalo Symphonie Espag...
L'enfant Prodigue - Prelude; Guitarre
La Chevelure (from Trois Chansons de Bilitis); Fai...
La Ronde des Lutins
La Ronde des Lutins
La Ronde des Lutins
Lullaby
Méditation
Meditation
Méditation
Minuet
Minuet (in D)
Moto Perpetuo
Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A Major for Violin and O...
Mozart: Sonata No. 8 in C, K. 296; Minuet from Div...
Nocturne
Nocturne in E Flat
Nocturne in E Flat
Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72
On Wings of Song
On Wings of Song ; Jota/Puck
On Wings of Song, Op. 34, No. 2
Pantomime
Passacaglia
Peer Gynt Suite Excerpts; In the Boat; The Old Sho...
Prelude - #2
Romance
Ronda in A Flat
Rondo in G Major
Scherzo
Scherzo
Scherzo - Tarantelle
Sea Murmurs / The Bumble Bee
Sérénade
Sérénade Mélancolique
Sérénade Mélancolique
Shalom - Music of the Jewish People
Sibelius: Concerto in D Minor [for violin & orch.]...
Sicilienne and Rigaudon
Sicilienne and Rigaudon
Slavonic Dance No. 1 (in G Minor)
Slavonic Dance No. 2 (E Minor)
Spanish Dance
Spanish Dance
Strauss: Sonata in E Flat (Opus 18)
Suite in A Major
Summer Time and A Woman is a Sometime Thing ; My M...
Symphonie Espagnole - Andante
Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major (Opus 35)
Turkish March
Tzigane (Rapsodie de Concert)
Tzigane (Rapsodie de Concert) Part 1 and Part 2
Valse
Valse
Valse Bluette (Air de ballet)
Valse Bluette (Air de ballet)
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
WALTON: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Waltz (La Plus Que Lente - Valse)
White Christmas
Zapateado
Zapateado
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, No. 1-Part 1