I just heard one of Heifetz's early Naxos recordings. It had the Mozart 4, 5, and Mendelssohn concertos. These recordings, especially the Mozart 5, are such a revelation. I do like his playing most of the time, but these reveal a completely different side of him I think. His sound is so much warmer and sweeter, nothing like the dry tone people have come to expect. The second movement of the Mozart 5 is just sublime, like a lullaby. Even his spiccato, which sometimes I find scratchy, is so delicate. His later Mendelssohn with Munch, in comparison, sounds so much colder. I like his selection of tempo so much more, too. His first movement of Mozart 5 is slower than both Oistrakh's and Kogan's.
Which other Naxos recordings by him do you recommend? I really think this is a recording that can change those people's minds about Heifetz who think of him as a cold player.
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