Heifetz recorded the Tchaikovsky concerto 3 times: with Barbiolli, with Susskind and with Reiner. Frankly speaking I do not like any of them. It is not that I “do not like” them rather they are like having sex with a marble-made women – the shape is there but there I no or little physical sensations from the actions. The same is with Heifetz. His techniques are phenomenal and the cleanness of his play is supernatural. However, if not always has that special “smell” that turn me on. I do not say that Heifetz never had it, in many instanced he does but in my view his play of Tchaikovsky concerto is not what touches me too mach.
My favorite Tchaikovsky concerto is by Tossy Spivakovsky that much more flexible in his balance between demonstration of glory and expression of characteristic musicality.
Jerry, it is interesting that you are going through Aaron Rosand’s phase. I heard his and he is well delved to be a good phase. Did you have Viktoria Mullova’s phase?
…though she does not play Tchaikovsky… BTW, I have the CDs for you but can not go to post office – my damn Bimmer does not drive in snow, and we have it too mach lately. If you wish I might burn for you Tossy’s Tchaikovsky…
Rgs, the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche