Makes you think there's something in astrology after all: two of the greatest violinists who ever lived had the same birthday, and it is today, 2 February. Felicitations to our beloved Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) and Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987).
Enjoy this astonishing performance by Heifetz of Paganini's Caprice No.24 in the edition by Leopold Auer with piano accompaniment by Schumann. Blimey, guv, they don't make 'em like this any more...
Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.
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