Not since Paganini had there been such a magician on the violin. Jascha Heifetz was the first truly modern virtuoso, a man about whom Itzhak Perlman said, 'When I spoke with him, I can't ...
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Not since Paganini had there been such a magician on the violin. Jascha Heifetz was the first truly modern virtuoso, a man about whom Itzhak Perlman said, 'When I spoke with him, I can't believe, I'm talking to God'. Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius. The paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts - gifts he must honor, but which extract a life-long price. Is the man and the artist the same person? What is the price each pays? And who was the man behind the music? Written by
Started out knowing nothing about Heifetz except a familiarity with his name. Saw the documentary at the RiverRun Film Festival in Winston-Salem where Peter Rosen was in attendance. Haifetz himself could carry the film with his electrifying performances, but credit goes to the filmmaker for taking great care in restoring Heifetz's very old recordings. Heifetz's notes are played throughout the film to great effect, and it created a veritable trance in this viewer, and held my attention throughout as his life story unfolds. His life was not full of high drama, but he was a quiet and often conflicting character. This film caught that dichotomy quite well and is an excellent showcase for the master's music.
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