Violinist Jascha Heifetz, playing with the New Symphony Orchestra of London, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Heifetz was the leading figure among the extraordinary group of Russian Jews who dominated violin playing in the second and third quarters of the 20th century.
As a technician he had no superior, and, of all the artists of his time and later, only two or three could even offer a challenge to his electrifying precision of execution. His diamond-point tone and quick vibrato afforded his playing a clarity of line that some felt was almost too perfect, even cold. Most conductors and other violinists &emdash; and audiences &emdash; felt differently and a Heifetz concert inevitably drew sellout crowds.