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Tuesday 2nd February 2010
Happy Birthday, Jascha & Fritz

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...

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Jessica Duchen
February 3rd, 2010
1:02 PM
Don't tell me it's Hilary Hahn's birthday too?!?

David Radlett
February 3rd, 2010
11:02 AM
... unlike my typing

David Radlett
February 3rd, 2010
11:02 AM
Thanks for poszting this AND the link to Hilary Hahn's version which is - ahem - really rather good also!!

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About Jessica Duchen

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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