Putting Tchaikovsky together…

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Isaac Stern:


Jascha Heifetz. Since I couldn’t find just a Canzonetta, you can enjoy him performing the entire piece (compare his timings with Batiashvili and Fischer below) :

00:00​ – Allegro moderato
15:50​ – Canzonetta, Andante
21:23​ – Finale, Allegro vivacissimo

There is a video of him performing the first movement of the concerto, which you can view here.


David Oistrakh:


Janine Jansen:


Lisa Batiashvili plays the complete concerto:

1. Allegro moderato00:20
2. Canzonetta: Andante19:40
3. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo26:24


A performance of the complete work by a contemporary soloist I didn’t mention, Julia Fischer:

1 Allegro moderato 0:00
2 Canzonetta. Andante 18:31
3 Finale. Allegro vivacissimo 24:41


The original slow movement of the concerto, now the opening piece – Méditation – of his three movement Souvenir d’un lieu cher for violin and piano played by Leonid Kogan:


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One thought on “Putting Tchaikovsky together…

  1. Very interesting comparisons. I wonder if slow movements in romantic music are being played more slowly now. Andante means walking pace surely, and Heifetz keeps the basic pulse moving while still playing with freedom and feeling. It’s just a pity that the orchestra was not so well recorded in his day as it can be now. Good to hear Kogan in the Meditation.

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