Best Bazzini recording?
Several great performances, but this one's got my vote. A young (age 18?) Yehudi Menuhin:
For me, Perlman I think
Heifetz is the guy they were all trying to beat.
My favorite will forever be Heifetz’s early acoustic recording. When he hits the highest note, the sound cuts out because the recording equipment couldn’t capture frequencies that high; however, no other recording of that piece has captivated me so completely.
It was Barzini all along.
The bullets sounded like Jascha's LH pizz.
I'm glad you brought that up because whenever anyone mentions LH pizz, I always say that it's 99% useless nonsense, and I defend my position by saying "not even Heifetz can actually make it sound good."
Heifetz got closer than anyone to making LH pizz rhythmically correct.
Paul, it makes the kids happy.
Heifetz at 17 played La Ronde des Lutins cleaner than anybody in my opinion. Also, the same could be said about his monumental recording of the Paganini Moto Perpetuo. Francescatti’s rendition of Bazzini is excellent!
I just looked up Francescatti's a few days ago, in connection with this thread. Very lyrical and dramatic, although doesn't have quite the rhythmic precision of JH.
I'm fond of James Ehnes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY_R0xq-Q10
top four for me: Perlman--young Menuhin--Heifetz--Francescatti--evry order is good
Take a look at this:
Holy crap. I think I'd seen that before, but had forgotten how good it was.
I reckon the secret behind those youngsters making those stellar recordings of the Bazzini is that no one told them it is supposed to be difficult.
Difficult? Difficult? There's nothing difficult about Bazzini: It's spelled "B..A..Z..Z..I..N..I"
Oops! Thanks for the heads-up, Sander. Amendment inserted.