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God's own violinist - Jascha Heifetz !!


(Seeing him act for the first time!! was he an actor too?)
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Posted: November 12, 2011
Last Comment: November 15, 2011
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bm
Posted: November 15, 2011
Thanks Frank,
But why is violin called the Devil's instrument? The caption of one of the DVDs is 

Art Of Violin - Devil's Instrument (2010) !!!!!



Frank M
Posted: November 15, 2011
Important note on my previous post: if you live in the U.S. ("region 1"), the link that I provided is the proper one. But if you live overseas, you need to order the DVD for "regions 2 through 6", which is a different item number on Amazon.

If you live in the U.S., the region 2 through 6 disk will not play on your DVD player. Probably the same is true for the U.S. disk on players in other countries.

Ask me why I know about this...... :-)


Frank M
Posted: November 15, 2011
If you're interested in watching more video of Heifetz, as well as many of the masters of the 20th century, an excellent DVD is "The Art of Violin". Here's a link to it on Amazon:

The Art of Violin


jojo
Posted: November 14, 2011
oooohhh Karen, I say! ;)

KarenJ
Posted: November 14, 2011

once you got a hold of it you might not want to let it go.

 


Eileen
Posted: November 14, 2011
No No !  no robbing !   We just want to play on it a little....  x-)

bm
Posted: November 13, 2011
lol... this could turn out to be a conspiracy to rob that antique piece !!!!

Eileen
Posted: November 13, 2011
Patricia, you are too funny !   x-D

Patricia
Posted: November 13, 2011

I will be making the line right next to you Eileen. Maybe playing scales we will sound like him.

Oh well! My dreams during the day are always positive.

Patricia


Eileen
Posted: November 13, 2011
Lol Ray !   Yeah, no kidding....if ONLY !  x-D

I'm with you Simon about those violins sitting around in a museum....but.....I do understand the thought process of only letting them be played by those who've proven their skills.  However....I would absolutely "LOVE" the chance to sneak in and pick one of those babies up and give it a try......(sshhhh....ok...who's in on that with me.....meet me at the back door of the  SFLH Museum.....2am, 2nd Weds in January.....bring your lock picks and favorite bow....x-)

Ray
Posted: November 13, 2011
O.K., admidt it, how us when we were listening to Heifetz play for a few minutes, started to imagine their left hand moving up and down the neck of their violin? Or their right hand started to twitch with every movement of his right hand? I know I wanted to pick up my violin and start playing Bach's Minuet No.3 in G minor.  HAHAHAHA

From a newbie


Simon
Posted: November 13, 2011
Thanks Jo, such a shame those magnificent instruments are kept in museums! The sound and tone of one he used in this clip matches perfectly my concept of how I want my instrument to sound but I haven't quite found it with mine at the moment - I wonder how much they'd want for his!!??


jojo
Posted: November 13, 2011
Hi Simon, the following is an 'extract' from Wikipedia under the heading 'Later Life' on the subject of Heifetz biography: Heifetz owned the 1714 Dolphin Stradivarius, the 1731 "Piel" Stradivarius, the 1736 Carlo Tononi, and the 1742 ex David Guarneri del Gesł, the last of which he preferred and kept until his death. The Dolphin Strad is currently owned by the Nippon Music Foundation. The Heifetz Tononi violin used at his 1917 Carnegie Hall debut was left in his will to Sherry Kloss, Master-Teaching Assistant to Heifetz, with "one of my four good bows" (Violinist/author Kloss wrote "Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes" and is a co-founder of the Jascha Heifetz Society). The famed Guarneri is now in the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum, as instructed by Heifetz in his will, and may only be taken out and played "on special occasions" by deserving players. The instrument has recently been on loan to San Francisco Symphony's concertmaster Alexander Barantschik, who featured it in concertos with Andrei Gorbatenko and the San Francisco Academy Orchestra in 2006.[13] In 1989, Heifetz received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Simon
Posted: November 13, 2011
Love it! Thanks for sharing - there are some really nice close-up shots that clearly show his left and right hand technique and the quailty is very good too, I'll be studying this again.  Does anyone know what happened to his violin? Who's playing it now?  

bm
Posted: November 12, 2011
True, Eileeen.. He could sip tea while playing!!! lol

jojo
Posted: November 12, 2011
this movie is called 'Carnegie Hall'


Eileen
Posted: November 12, 2011
Jeesh....the masters make it all look so very easy....like he could give a yawn in the middle of it all without missing a note.

I imagine someone wanted to do a movie on Heifetz....but...who the heck could you get to play the part who can play the violin like he does !?  They probably approached him about it and he said...."why not?"