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Yehudi Menuhin: The Complete American Victor Recordings


Release Date: 05/06/2016 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 519854   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edouard LaloMax BruchFelix MendelssohnBéla Bartók,   ... 
Performer:  Yehudi MenuhinAdolf BallerWanda LandowskaCarroll Hollister,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre MonteuxCharles MunchAntal DorátiGeorge Enescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
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Between his birth in New York on 22 April 1916 and his death in Berlin on 12 March 1999, Yehudi Menuhin, the son of humble Russian immigrants, grew from a brilliant child prodigy violinist, who made his public concert début in San Francisco in 1924, aged just 7, into not just one of the 20th century s finest and most celebrated artists (as a conductor as well as a soloist), but also a peace campaigner, civil rights activist, spiritual guru and revered senior statesman of the musical world, who ended his days as the Right Honourable the Lord Menuhin of Stoke d Abernon, with a seat in the House of Lords, yet also found time to establish two music schools, a violin competition and an international scheme for taking music out of the Read more concert hall and into the wider community.

Now, to celebrate Yehudi Menuhin s centenary in 2016, Sony Classical is releasing Yehudi Menuhin The Complete American Victor Recordings, a 6-CD set bringing together legendary early recordings by this titan among 20th-century violinists.

Gems of the set include the first ever releases in any format of two previously unpublished items: the December 1949 recordings of Beethoven s Spring and Kreutzer Sonatas with Menuhin s sister Hephzibah at the piano.

Also included are the first official CD releases (all transferred from the original analogue master discs and tapes) of Mendelssohn s teenage D minor Violin Concerto (a work that Menuhin himself rescued from oblivion, buying and editing the surviving manuscript and premièring it at Carnegie Hall in February 1952, two days before making this recording), Bach s Sonata No. 3 (a historic 1944 recording with the legendary Polish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska) and Bartók s Sonata No. 1 (a vividly intense 1947 account of a work that Menuhin had played for the composer himself just four years earlier and in which the violinist is impressively abetted by the pianist Adolph Baller, a Polish-born musician who was Menuhin s regular accompanist and chamber music partner from 1939 until after WW2, despite having had all his fingers broken by Nazi torturers in Vienna before his escape from Europe). Also making its first official appearance on CD is a 1951 account of Bruch s ever-popular Concerto No. 1 with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony (Menuhin s only collaboration on disc with the Alsatian violinist turned conductor), which sits alongside Menuhin s better-known 1945 recording of the same work with Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony and his 1946 première recording of Bartók s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Antal Doráti and the Dallas Symphony. The set also includes the first ever CD release of two songs (Rachmaninoff s In the Silent Night and Handel s Ombra mai fu ) with the leading Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill.

Finally, a special disc in the set couples newly remastered versions of the very first (1928) recordings that the 11-year-old Menuhin ever made a set of stylishly played encore items, with his beloved teacher Louis Persinger at the piano with previously unreleased encore pieces by Kreisler and Wieniawski from 1929. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
4.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
5.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 75 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Adolf Baller (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Budapest, Hungary 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
8.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Adolf Baller (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
9.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Adolf Baller (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
10.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Carroll Hollister (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Carroll Hollister (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op. 137 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Carroll Hollister (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Carroll Hollister (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 3, In the silence of the night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
15.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
16.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Hephzibah Menuhin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Hephzibah Menuhin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 4 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Theodore Saidenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
19.
La capricciosa by Franz Ries
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/1928 
20.
Pičces de clavecin, Op. 1: Suite no 1 - Allegro by Joseph-Hector Fiocco
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 03/1928 
21.
La Romanesca by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/1928 
22.
Sierra Morena by Jesús Monasterio
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/1928 
23.
Concert Miniatures (3), Op. 130: Scottish Pastorale by Gustav Saenger
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Persinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
24.
Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 "Dettingen": Verlich uns, Herr by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
25.
Baal shem: 2nd movement, Nigun "Improvisation" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
26.
Duets (3) for 2 Violins, Op. 39: no 1 in D minor - Rondo by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
27.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  George Enescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
28.
Sonatas (12) for Violin/Flute and Basso Continuo, Op. 9: no 3 in D major by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
29.
Chant d'Espagne by Gustave Samazeuilh
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
30.
La canción del olvidó: Canción de Marinela by Simeon José Serrano
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1929 
31.
Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
32.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 6 in D major, Soudeská by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
33.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 8 in G minor, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Louis Persinger (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 

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