Santu De Silva wrote:
>According to NPR, today is the birthday of both these great violinists,
>separated by 25 years.
>They also recounted an amazing story about the party following the
>debut performance of the 11-year-old Heifetz in Berlin, I believe.
>He was being pleaded to play the Mendelssohn, and there seemed to be
>no pianist who could do it. But shortly, the story goes, there was a
>distinguished-looking gentleman who seated himself at the piano, offering
>to play the accompaniment. It was Kreisler, who did it from memory!
There is also the story of Kreisler accompanied by Godowski attending a
concert given by a somewhat older Heifetz. After one movement Kreisler
commented "Warm in here, isn't it?" "Only for violinists." was Godowski's
My own comment is that I agree with another great pianist: "Heifetz is
the greatest violinist who never moved my heart".