Yehudi Menuhin

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Born: April 22, 1916; USA   Died: March 12, 1999; Germany  
The legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin was the eldest child of Russian-born Hebrew scholars who met in Palestine, emigrated to New York City, and moved to San Francisco soon after their son's birth. After just three years of violin study, Yehudi made a legendary debut at age seven with the local symphony. His Carnegie Hall debut three years later, in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, garnered praise that likened him to Mozart as a prodigy, whereupon Read more the family (which now included sisters Hephzibah and Yaltah) lived gypsy-like in hotels wherever Yehudi was engaged at enormous fees. But the child's talent was instinctive. As Fritz Kreisler was to remark later on, "Because the young Menuhin had anticipated so early and so much of what nature had given him, I foresaw that he would have great difficulties." And he did.

When an eminent elder colleague requested a scale after the boy had played Lalo's Symphonie espagnole flawlessly, Menuhin wrote in his autobiography, Unfinished Journey, "I groped all over the fingerboard like a blind mouse.... I played the violin without being prepared for violin playing." He began recording early on (playing among other works Elgar's Violin Concerto at 16, with the composer conducting) and continued to concertize, making a world tour of 73 cities during his 19th year. At the end, however, he felt "tired, indifferent, and sad," and in 1936 began an 18-month sabbatical. Menuhin resumed playing in 1938, but never after with the sublime confidence of his preadolescent years.

During World War II he gave more than 500 concerts for Allied and American troops, but stirred a hornet's nest of controversy as the first major Jewish artist to perform in postwar Germany. Likewise, after the Six Day War in the Middle East, he was vilified for performing charity concerts in Arab countries. Increasingly he devoted himself to the training of young artists, both near London (which became his home in 1952) and at Gstaad, Switzerland. Also in 1952 he went to India, became a disciple of yoga, and a colleague of sitarist Ravi Shankar. He recorded with Shankar, as he did subsequently with jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In the middle 1950s Menuhin took up conducting, but was no better schooled than he had been as a child violinist -- and he was conspicuously less successful despite having made a steady stream of recordings begninning in 1958. At age 82 he was guest conducting the Warsaw Symphony on tour when he suffered a fatal heart attack in Berlin.

Menuhin was named Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1948, to the British knighthood in 1965, and to a Lordship in 1993. For his work on behalf of peace worldwide, he was named ambassador of goodwill to UNESCO in 1992. His dedication to the "minds and hearts" of young musicians well may be remembered after his pre-adult celebrity has faded to black. Menuhin married twice, fathered four children, and played frequent recitals with sisters Hephzibah (1920-1981), starting in 1930, and years later with Yaltah (1922-2001), notably at the Bath Festival he founded and directed in the 1960s. Read less

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Born: April 22, 1916; USA   Died: March 12, 1999; Germany  
The legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin was the eldest child of Russian-born Hebrew scholars who met in Palestine, emigrated to New York City, and moved to San Francisco soon after their son's birth. After just three years of violin study, Yehudi made a legendary debut at age seven with the local symphony. His Carnegie Hall debut three years later, in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, garnered praise that likened him to Mozart as a prodigy, whereupon Read more
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Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op.24 'Spring': I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op.24 'Spring': II. Adagio molto espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op.24 'Spring': III. Schezo (Allegro molto)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24: IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: I. [Allegro]
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060 (1991 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060 (1991 - Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060 (1991 - Remaster): III. Allegro
Triple Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044 (1994 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044 (1994 - Remaster): II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
Triple Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044 (1994 - Remaster): III. Tempo di Allabreve
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1991 - Remaster): I. Allegro deciso
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1991 - Remaster): II. Andante
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1991 - Remaster): III. Deciso - Allegro moderato
Suite No.1 for solo violin (2010 Digital Remaster): I. Prelude
Suite No.1 for solo violin (2010 Digital Remaster): II. Andante tranquillo
Suite No.1 for solo violin (2010 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro - Andante
Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: I. Energico, deciso
Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: II. Moderato
Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: III. Andante
Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: IV. Allegro molto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64 (1997 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto appassionato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro energico
Violin Concerto (revised version) (1994 - Remaster): I. Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto (revised version) (1994 - Remaster): II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana - Trio (Canzonetta) - Tempo I
Violin Concerto (revised version) (1994 - Remaster): III. Vivace
Viola Concerto: I. Andante comodo
Viola Concerto: II. Vivo, con molto preciso
Viola Concerto: III. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di mare' Op. 8 No. 5 (RV253): I. Presto
Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di mare' Op. 8 No. 5 (RV253): II. Largo
Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di mare' Op. 8 No. 5 (RV253): III. Presto
Violin Concerto in B flat 'La caccia' Op. 8 No. 10 (RV362): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B flat 'La caccia' Op. 8 No. 10 (RV362): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in B flat 'La caccia' Op. 8 No. 10 (RV362): III. Allegro
Concerto in A minor RV356 (Op. 3 No. 6): I. Allegro
Concerto in A minor RV356 (Op. 3 No. 6): II. Largo
Concerto in A minor RV356 (Op. 3 No. 6): III. Presto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046 (1989 - Remaster): I. [Allegro]
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046 (1989 - Remaster): II. Adagio
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046 (1989 - Remaster): III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046 (1989 - Remaster): IV. Menuet - Trio I - Menuet - Polacca - Trio II - Menuet
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049 (1989 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049 (1989 - Remaster): II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049 (1989 - Remaster): III. Presto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050 (1989 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Affettuoso
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat, BWV 1051 (1989 - Remaster): I. [Allegro]
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat, BWV 1051 (1989 - Remaster): II. Adagio ma non tanto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat, BWV 1051 (1989 - Remaster): III. Allegro
Double Violin Cocnerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (1989 - Remaster): I. Vivace
Concerto for Two Violins and Strings in D minor BWV1043 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Largo ma non tanto
Double Violin Cocnerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (1989 - Remaster): III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1989 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1989 - Remaster): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1989 - Remaster): III. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (2007 - Remaster): I. [Allegro]
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (2007 - Remaster): II. Andante
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (2007 - Remaster): III. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (2007 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (2007 - Remaster): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (2007 - Remaster): III. Allegro assai
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (2007 - Remaster): I. Vivace
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (2007 - Remaster): II. Largo ma non tanto
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (2007 - Remaster): III. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24: II. Adagio molto espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24: III. Schezo (Allegro molto)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24: IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op.24 'Spring': I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op.24 'Spring': II. Adagio molto espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op.24 'Spring': III. Schezo (Allegro molto)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24: IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op.47 'Kreutzer': I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op.47 'Kreutzer': II. Andante con variazioni 1-4
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op.47 'Kreutzer': III. Finale (Presto)
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Op. 96: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Op. 96: II. Adagio espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Op. 96: III. Scherzo (Allegro ) & Trio
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Op. 96: IV. Poco allegretto
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Op. 96: IV. Poco allegretto
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1990 - Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro ma non troppo (Harold in the Mountains)
Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Op. 16: II. Allegretto (Procession of Pilgrims)
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1990 - Remaster): III. Allegro assai - Allegretto (Serenade)
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1990 - Remaster): IV. Allegro frenetico (Orgy of the Brigands)
Ręverie et caprice Op. 8: Adagio -
Ręverie et caprice Op. 8: Allegro vivace
Violin Sonata No. 2 (2006 - Remaster): I. Con moto -
Violin Sonata No. 2 (2006 - Remaster): II. Lento -
Violin Sonata No. 2 (2006 - Remaster): III. Molto vivace - Piů lento - Molto vivace
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Andante tranquillo
3. Allegro molto
Concerto in A minor RV356 (Op. 3 No. 6): I. Allegro
Concerto in A minor RV356 (Op. 3 No. 6): II. Largo
Concerto in A minor RV356 (Op. 3 No. 6): III. Presto
Concerto in D minor RV 242 (Op. 8 No. 7): I. Allegro
Concerto in D minor RV 242 (Op. 8 No. 7): II. Largo
Concerto in D minor RV 242 (Op. 8 No. 7): III. Allegro
Concerto in C RV178 (Op. 8 No. 12): I. Allegro
Concerto in C RV178 (Op. 8 No. 12): II. Largo
Concerto in C RV178 (Op. 8 No. 12): III. Allegro
Double Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings in B flat RV529: I. Allegro
Double Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings in B flat RV529: II. Largo
Double Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings in B flat RV529: III. Allegro


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