Jascha Heifetz [1901–1987]: Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, opus 64, Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic, on June 10, 1949. This was Mendelssohn’s last large orchestral work. Mendelssohn first thought of it in 1838 and it premiered six years later, in 1845, when he was thirty-six. The concerto, considered an important work and one of the first concertos of the Romantic period, is a popular piece of music. Heifetz has been considered one of the preeminent and prominent classical violinists of the 20th century—the violinists’ violinist; his playing here in this recording ought to leave no doubt as to why he is so well-regarded, even or especially by other wonderful violinists. What a joy it is to listen to this: Mendelssohn and Heifetz together.