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'God's Fiddler'

Friday, November 04, 2011

Jascha Heifetz was undoubtedly the most revered violinist of the 20th century – and is widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time. But few people know much about the performer’s life off-stage. A new documentary called “God’s Fiddler” explores the lesser-known side of the master’s life, from his brutal perfectionism to passionate environmentalism. We’ll be joined by filmmaker Peter Rosen and violinist (and Heifetz protégé) Sherry Kloss to learn more.

 "God’s Fiddler" opens at NY’s QUAD Cinema on Fri, Nov 11. For more information, click here.

 

Watch a video of Jascha Heifetz performing Grigoraş Dinicu's "Hora Staccato."

Guests:

Sherry Kloss and Peter Rosen

Comments [6]

Soundcheck Producer

@Mazz from Jersey City, NJ - Yes, that was "Romance" from Wieniawski's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2 in D minor Op. 22 (1862). Thank you and good catch!

Nov. 04 2011 03:38 PM
Tom from Cold spring ny

My piano teacher in the 70s, Louis Greenwd had been one of Heifitz's accompanists. I wonder if there is any documentation of this

Nov. 04 2011 02:26 PM
Mazz from Jersey City, NJ

hi John and studio-ites @ Soundcheck!

I don't know if anyone called in and said this in the time it took to get from my car to my house but the piece that was introduced as "A Polish Winter" is actually the second movement (entitled "Romance") from Wieniawski's 2nd Violin Concerto in d minor.

I think Polish Winter is the title of the painting used for the cover of the album.

Nov. 04 2011 02:26 PM
Nick from UWS

Other great concert musicians often had an uncomfortable relationship with Heifetz.

After a concert, someone remarked to pianist Vladmir Horowitz that he had missed a note in one of the pieces.

Horowitz immediately became irritated. "I'm not interested in perfection! I'm not Heifetz!" he snapped.

Nov. 04 2011 02:18 PM
Nick from UWS

Other great concert musicians often had an uncomfortable relationship with Heifetz.

After a concert, someone remarked to pianist Vladmir Horowitz that he had missed a note in one of the pieces.

Horowitz immediately became irritated. "I'm not interested in perfection! I'm not Heifetz!" he snapped.

Nov. 04 2011 02:15 PM
Ben from Manhattan

Jascha - that's my Heifetz

Nov. 04 2011 02:11 PM

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