Audiophile LP 16/44.1 (RCA Living Stereo) Bruch/Vieuxtemps – Scottish Fantasy/Violin Concerto No. 5 (Heifetz/Sargent)

I would say this is one of the best violin recording of the last century!
Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Henri Vieuxtemps, Max Bruch
# Performer: Jashka Heifetz
#Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra of London
# Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 13

# Size: 235 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This Vinyl-Rip was made by me in a time when there was no mind about HD-files, 96 kHz, 192 kHz, 24 or 32 bit….A pity, now, to miss this record, that i sold many years ago. The files here are extracted from the CD that i made at that time for my personal joy.

If Jascha Heifetz had never made any other recordings than these, they would certify him as one of the great violin virtuosos of history. They present his playing at age 61 (1962) when his technique was still in marvelous shape, and the recordings come from the stereo era, with excellent sound.

The Vieuxtemps Concerto #5, in two major movements (fast, slow, and a quick epilogue)is a virtuoso showpiece, and the violinist’s playing, especially in the slow movement, is very fine, and moving.

What sets this recording apart is the Bruch “Scottish Fantasy.” It is a beautiful romantic work in four movements (slow, fast, slow, fast), with each movement based on a Scottish folk tune. It has been popular with violinists and audiences because of its balanced mixture of sentiment and virtuoso display for the soloist. Heifetz owned this piece, in that he plays circles around every other violinist to have tackled it on recordings (Perlman, Chung, etc). Even for Heifetz, the fourth movement, the Allegro guerriero, is extraordinary. This is a technically challenging movement for the soloist, and Heifetz makes the most of it. He takes it at a quick, convincing tempo, and roars through its virtuoso demands in an astonishing way. This is surely one of the supreme moments of violin playing, of anything by anybody, on record. If you love good violin playing and have not heard this, you must. Wow.

 Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/   Upload on HiResMusic/44kBrVie_Hei/44k Bruch-Vieuxtemps – Heifetz
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -0.06 dB     -18.53 dB     01 Vieuxtemps – Violin Concerto No.5.wav
 DR12        -3.91 dB     -20.30 dB     02 Bruch – Scottish Fantasy, First Movement.wav
 DR14        -0.39 dB     -20.19 dB     03 Bruch – Scottish Fantasy, Second & Third Movement.wav
 DR12        -0.12 dB     -18.08 dB     04 Bruch – Scottish Fantasy, Fourth Movement.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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19 thoughts on “Audiophile LP 16/44.1 (RCA Living Stereo) Bruch/Vieuxtemps – Scottish Fantasy/Violin Concerto No. 5 (Heifetz/Sargent)”

  1. I also got this one as I said, but was interupted by telephone for an hour and forgot to come back to express my gratitude.



  2. I have put on my head-phone, what a clear sound. I had Heifetz on CD which always sound thin which give me impression that is the style of Heifetz, but this one really sing.
    Thanks a lot for this rip.

  3. Incredible! After so many years of listening to various interpretations, Heifetz is invincible. In just couple of seconds, his music grabbed me all the way. No matter of being recorded so many years ago, no matter of a lower bit-rate, it had the voluminous sound, the strength of musical idea and superior technique. This is the celebration of music! I am not a sort of expert for classical music, I spent all my life listening to jazz, but the choice of classical music on this site is a statement of high taste and love for good music. Thank you Rachmaninov for this gem and your generous gift to us. You, the NightOwl and Whatever made me change my choice of daily listening to the records of eternal value, which today’s production can hardly achieve. Thanks again.

  4. wowwww, I can’t always enjoy Heifezt playing, in fact he is not one of my idols (I still remember his irratating way to start the Mendelssohn’s e minor concert with the first e armonic in the e string and also myself breaking after that the record…grrrr), but here is really impressive, superb!
    Thaks a lot!!!!!

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