Thursday, February 02, 2012

Violin birthdays for astrological doubters?

Happy Heifetz's Birthday! Happy Kreisler's Birthday, too! What chance that the two greatest violinists of the 20th century shared a birthday? But that's life, so let's celebrate.

Here is some amazing film of Heifetz: at home, practising, playing ping-pong and - good heavens, smiling?

And now Kreisler...a radio broadcast from his 80th birthday with congratulations spoken by his colleagues, including Mischa Elman, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and many more, followed by an interview with Kreisler himself (in two parts).