THE ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION - JASCHA HEIFETZ
BACH: Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 (with violinist Erick Friedman, violin/New Symphony Orchestra of London/Sir Malcolm Sargent, cond.)(rec. 1961). MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K. 364 (with William Primrose, viola/RCA Victor Orch/Izler Solomon, cond.)(rec. 1956). BRAHMS: Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 (with Gregor Piatigorsky, cello/RCA Victor Orch/Alfred Wallenstein, cond)(rec. 1960). BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 (rec. 1955). MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. (rec. 1959). (with Boston Symphony Orch/Charles Munch, cond). BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (rec. 1955). TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 (rec. 1957). (Chicago Symphony Orch/Fritz Reiner, cond). BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (rec. 1962). Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 (rec. 1961) (New Symphony Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent, cond.). VIEUXTEMPS: Violin concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37 (rec. 1961). (New Symphony Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent, cond). SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (rec. 1959) (Chicago Symphony Orch/Walter Hendl, cond). PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (rec. 1959) (Boston Symphony Orch/Charles Munch, cond). GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (rec. 1963) (RCA Victor Orch/Walter Hendl, cond). KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 (rec. 1953) (Los Angeles Philharmonic Orch/Alfred Wallenstein, cond). RÓZSA: Violin Concerto, Op. 24 (rec. 1956) (Dallas Symphony Orch/Walter Hendl, cond). Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 29: II (Theme and Variations) (rec. 1963) (with Gregor Piatigorsky, cello/Chamber Orch). BIZET-WAXMAN: Carmen Fantasy (rec. 1946) (RCA Victor Orch/Donald Vorhees, cond). BACH: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003. Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005.(all rec. 1952). Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004. Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006 (all rec. 1952). FRANCK: Sonata in A. STRAUSS: Sonata in E flat, Op. 18. BACH: Excerpts from Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006. BLOCH: Baal Shem: Nigun. DEBUSSY: La plus que lente. RACHMANINOFF-HEIFETZ: Etude-Tableaux in E flat, Op. 33 No. 4. FALLA: Nana from Seven Popular Spanish Songs. KREISLER: La Chasse. RAVEL: Tzigane. CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Sea Murmers. (all rec. Oct. 23, 1972) (with Brooks Smith, piano).
RCA RED SEAL 88697217422 (10 disks) (B) TT: 10 hours 7 min.
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THE ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION - ITZHAK PERLMAN
BACH: Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 (with Isaac Stern, violin). VIVALDI: Concerto in F for Three Violins, RV 551 (with Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman, violins). MOZART: Sinfonia concertante in E flat, K. 364 (with Pinchas Zucherman, violin ) (all with New York Philharmonic cond. by Zubin Mehta rec.Sept. 24, 1981). BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 100. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. (with Daniel Barenboim, piano. rec. Oct. 2, 1989). CHAUSSON: Concerto in D, Op. 21 (with Jorge Bolet, piano; Juilliard String Quartet. rec. Jan. 6, 1982). MOZART: Duo No. 1 in G, K. 423. Duo No. 2 in B flat, K. 424. LECLAIR: Sonata in F, Op. 3 No. 4 (with Pinchas Zukerman, violin/viola. rec. Nov. 4-5, 1990. PAGANINI: Centone di Sonate, Op. 64 No. l. Sonata No. 6 in E minor, Op. 3. Sonata Concertate in A.Cantabile for Violin and Guitar. GIULIANI: Sonata for Violin and Guitar, Op. 25. (with John Williams, guitar. rec. Nov. 28, 1975). PROKOFIEV: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80. Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 94 (with Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano. rec. June 30-July 2, 1969). Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (Boston Symphony Orch/Erich Leindorf, cond. rec. Dec. 12, 1966). TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35. (rec. Dec. 18-19, 1967). SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (rec. Dec. 21, 1966) (Boston Symphony Orch/Erich Leinsdorf, cond). LALO: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21. RAVEL: Tzigane (London Symphony Orch/André Previn, cond. rec. Sept. 3-5, 1968). DOHNÁNYI: Serenade in G, Op. 10. BEETHOVEN: Serenade, Op. 8 (with Pinchas Zukerman, viola/ Lynn Harrell, cello. rec. May 31, 1978). MORRICONE-MORLEY: Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso. RAKSIN-MORLEY: Theme from Laura. WILLIAMS: Theme from Far and Away. Theme from Schindler's List. Theme from Sabrina. HUPFELD-WILLIAMS: As Time Goes by from Casablanca. E. BERNSTEIN: Theme from The Age of Innocence. WALTON-BENNETT: Touch her Soft Lips and Part from Henry V. CHAPLIN-WILLIAMS: Smile from Modern Times. BARRY-MORLEY: Main Tile from Out of Africa. KORNGOLD-WILLIAMS: Marian and Robin Love Theme from The Adventures of Robin Hood. YOUNG-WILLIAMS: Stella by Starlight from The Uninvited. LEGRAND-MORLEY: I Will Wait For You from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (with the Boston Pops and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras, John Williams, cond. (rec. Dec. 1996 and June 1998).
RCA RED SEAL 88697217412 (10 disks) (B) TT: 9 hours 15.min.
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Two more major budget-priced multi-disk sets from RCA Red Seal joining previously issued albums featuring Glenn Gould, Igor Stravinsky, Vladimir Horowitz, Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Walter, and George Szell (see REVIEW). As with the other releases in the series, each disk contains what was on the original recording—so some CDs are rather short in playing time. We do have the original program notes and covers, a tinge of nostalgia for many collectors, and the remasterings are of the highest quality. One might think that Perlman's Tchaikovsky concerto was his first of that music; it is not—just a few months before this recording was made in December 1967, Perlman recorded the concerto for the Reader's Digest with the London Symphony conducted by Alfred Wallenstein (available on Chesky). All of the Heifetz and Perlman recordings have been issued before and many of the earlier releases are still in the catalog at a higher price. Self-recommending! All of these 10-CD sets are advertised as "limited editions." I'm not sure just what that means, but if you are interested, get them now.

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