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In Memoriam - Yehudi Menuhin - Rare Broadcast Performances


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1053   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenEdouard LaloBéla BartókJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi MenuhinDavid Oistrakh
Conductor:  Artur RodzinskiPierre MonteuxErnest AnsermetGeorge Georgescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony OrchestraSan Francisco Symphony OrchestraSuisse Romande Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

None of the material on this compilation has circulated beyond the scope of Japanese and Russian imports. Disc One's centerpiece is a 1945 broadcast of the Beethoven Concerto, reproduced in dry yet full-bodied sound. Lacking the rapt introspection coloring Menuhin's 1947 commercial recording with Furtwängler, the performance still remains one of the violinist's most eloquent and cleanly played versions of a work that was with him throughout his career. Three movements from Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol follow, impressively reproduced and played with fire and brimstone by the San Francisco Symphony under Pierre Monteux's expert baton. The second disc is less persuasive. While Menuhin and fellow violin legend David Oistrakh sensitively merge Read more in a 1958 Bach D minor Concerto (BWV 1043), one has to listen past George Georgescu's slightly plodding Enescu Philharmonic. Poor sound, however, mars an inspired 1947 Lucerne Festival pairing of Menuhin with conductor Ernest Ansermet, who leads his L'Orchestre de La Suisse Romande in Bartok's Second Violin Concerto. Fortunately, Menuhin recorded the work four times, the best of which is his first stereo version (Dorati/Minneapolis/Mercury). Disc two closes with an interview excerpt where Menuhin speaks to Frederic Maroth about Bartok as both man and musician. The booklet notes reprint Allan Kozinn's comprehensive and frank obituary on Menuhin published in the New York Times.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/09/1945 
2.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/30/1951 
Venue:  Live  San Francisco, California 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1947 
4.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  George Georgescu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/18/1958 

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