From simple evocations of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” to a mariachi version of “Feliz Navidad”, this album has a Christmas touch for every Christmas taste.
In the best possible way Bach is inescapable, and so we turn to him again and again and again. Recently, the violinist Joshua Bell and the pianist Igor Levit have done so on separate Sony releases, and it is a joy to hear these great – but very different – artists give their voices within his.
This is, perhaps, a recording that will be of special interest many years after the close of a great tenor’s career, and invariably accompanied by the question, “What was that all about?”
It seems the good people of Perm (population 1,000,000 and located on the Kama River in the European Urals) have decided to invest in opera, in culture, and in identity. Judging by this first recording, they’re serious.
This new recording is strongly recommended to all who admire its singer, and as a starter kit for all who wish to discover the central Verdi baritone repertoire in the hands of one of our great musicians. We have, for 50 years now, been living in the Age of Domingo. This album opens a new era in that age.
Listen to Heifetz for yourself, and see if you don’t agree with Howard Taubman, longtime music critic at the New York Times, who once offered a retort to the charge that Heifetz was "a splendid, heartless violin playing machine" by saying that "anyone with ears to hear knows this charge is rubbish." "For me and many others," Taubman wrote, "he was a nonpareil of violinists. He had everything—technique in superabundance, purity of tone, taste, loftiness of feeling."