This concert featuring renowned Spanish violinist Joaquin Palomares and versatile pianist Andrea Rucli, stars during last season of an unforgettable concert of Spanish music, allows us to discover a little known aspect of one of the greatest violinists of all time, Jasha Heifetz.
Known for his legendary control of his instrument, his “automa miracoloso”, for half a century Heifetz was a symbol of the perfect performer - elusive, captivating and mysterious.
The Lithuanian violinist but was also a prolific transcriber.
Heifetz can be accredited with about a hundred tasteful and elegant transcriptions: from spirituals, traditional songs like those by Forster (the author of the famous “Oh Susanna!”) or music hall songs.
He even included Claude Debussy with his famous Cake-walk.
The transcriptions of three piano Preludes and songs from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin makes a special case: these works appear like new in this performance, with an impetus that valorises the originals.
The programme is complete with songs by Manuel Maria Ponce (1886 - 1948) and Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (1895 - 1968).
The former, a leading Mexican musician who fostered a sort of “national music” of popular songs, wrote the prototype of the song La Cucaracha, with Estrellita (1914), which went on to achieve international success.
The latter, a Florentine native, Castelnuovo Tedesco was one of Heifetz’s favourites.
Transcriptions of two Shakespeare songs op.
24, written by the Italian composer between 1921 and 1925, are made with two attractive new titles: Tango and Sea Murmurs.
The latter is one great violinist’s favourite encore songs.