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Yehudi: The Art of Menuhin

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Cat No: 2564678257

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 1st April 2016

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Sonata for solo violin no.3 in C major, BWV1005
» IV Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in A major, BWV1055
» I Allegro
Violin Concerto no.2 in E major, BWV1042
» II Adagio
Violin Sonata no.3 in E major, BWV1016
» III Adagio ma non troppo

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Violin Concerto in D major, op.61
» III Rondo
Violin Sonata no.5 in F major, op.24 'Spring'
Violin Sonata no.9 in A major, op.47 'Kreutzer'
» III Finale: Presto

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1 (trans. Joseph Joachim)
» no.5 in G minor
Violin Concerto in D major, op.77
» III Allegro giocoso
Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, op.108
» III Un poco presto e con sentimento

Debussy, Claude

Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) (arr. Hartmann)

Delibes, Leo

Coppelia
» Ballade de l'Epi
Sylvia
» Pas de deux

Dvorak, Antonin

Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
» no.2 in E minor (arr. F Kreisler)
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
» II Largo (arr. Kreisler)

Faure, Gabriel

Berceuse in D major, op.16
Piano Quartet no.1 in C minor, op.15
» II Scherzo: Allegro vivo

Franck, Cesar

Violin Sonata in A major
» II Allegro

Harris, Max

Air on a Shoestring
Viva Vivaldi

Kreisler, Fritz

Liebesfreud
Liebesleid
Schon Rosmarin

Locatelli, Pietro

Capricci (24) for solo violin
» Caprice in D major, op.3 no.23 'Il Labirinto Armonico' (arr. David)
Sonatas (12), op.6
» no.12 in D minor: Capriccio 'Prova dell'intonazione'

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.post.
» III Allegro
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64
» I Allegro molto appassionato

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Violin Sonata no.35 in A major, K526
» II Andante

Paganini, Nicolo

Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7
» III Rondo 'La Campanella'

Rossini, Gioacchino

Andante con variazioni

Schubert, Franz

Ave Maria, D839 (Ellens Gesang III, op.52 no.6) (arr. for Violin and Piano)
Piano Trio no.1 in B flat major, op.99 D898
» II Andante un poco mosso

Shankar, Ravi

Prabhati

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
» II Canzonetta

Viotti, Giovanni Battista

Violin Concerto no.22 in A minor, G97
» II Adagio

Vivaldi, Antonio

The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)
» Violin Concerto in G minor, op.8 no.2 R315 'L'estate': III Presto

Artists

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)
Jeremy Menuhin (piano)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Louis Kentner (piano)
Ernst Wallfisch (viola)
Maurice Gendron (cello)
George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Nicanor Zabaleta (harp)
Ravi Shankar (sitar)
Alla Rakha (tabla)
Stephane Grappelli (violin)
Bath Festival Orchestra
Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductors

Yehudi Menuhin
Wilhelm Furtwangler
Efrem Kurtz
Adrian Boult
Rudolf Kempe

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Sonata for solo violin no.3 in C major, BWV1005
» IV Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in A major, BWV1055
» I Allegro
Violin Concerto no.2 in E major, BWV1042
» II Adagio
Violin Sonata no.3 in E major, BWV1016
» III Adagio ma non troppo

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Violin Concerto in D major, op.61
» III Rondo
Violin Sonata no.5 in F major, op.24 'Spring'
Violin Sonata no.9 in A major, op.47 'Kreutzer'
» III Finale: Presto

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1 (trans. Joseph Joachim)
» no.5 in G minor
Violin Concerto in D major, op.77
» III Allegro giocoso
Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, op.108
» III Un poco presto e con sentimento

Debussy, Claude

Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) (arr. Hartmann)

Delibes, Leo

Coppelia
» Ballade de l'Epi
Sylvia
» Pas de deux

Dvorak, Antonin

Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
» no.2 in E minor (arr. F Kreisler)
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
» II Largo (arr. Kreisler)

Faure, Gabriel

Berceuse in D major, op.16
Piano Quartet no.1 in C minor, op.15
» II Scherzo: Allegro vivo

Franck, Cesar

Violin Sonata in A major
» II Allegro

Harris, Max

Air on a Shoestring
Viva Vivaldi

Kreisler, Fritz

Liebesfreud
Liebesleid
Schon Rosmarin

Locatelli, Pietro

Capricci (24) for solo violin
» Caprice in D major, op.3 no.23 'Il Labirinto Armonico' (arr. David)
Sonatas (12), op.6
» no.12 in D minor: Capriccio 'Prova dell'intonazione'

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.post.
» III Allegro
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64
» I Allegro molto appassionato

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Violin Sonata no.35 in A major, K526
» II Andante

Paganini, Nicolo

Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7
» III Rondo 'La Campanella'

Rossini, Gioacchino

Andante con variazioni

Schubert, Franz

Ave Maria, D839 (Ellens Gesang III, op.52 no.6) (arr. for Violin and Piano)
Piano Trio no.1 in B flat major, op.99 D898
» II Andante un poco mosso

Shankar, Ravi

Prabhati

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
» II Canzonetta

Viotti, Giovanni Battista

Violin Concerto no.22 in A minor, G97
» II Adagio

Vivaldi, Antonio

The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)
» Violin Concerto in G minor, op.8 no.2 R315 'L'estate': III Presto

Artists

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)
Jeremy Menuhin (piano)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Louis Kentner (piano)
Ernst Wallfisch (viola)
Maurice Gendron (cello)
George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Nicanor Zabaleta (harp)
Ravi Shankar (sitar)
Alla Rakha (tabla)
Stephane Grappelli (violin)
Bath Festival Orchestra
Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductors

Yehudi Menuhin
Wilhelm Furtwangler
Efrem Kurtz
Adrian Boult
Rudolf Kempe

About

As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a citizen of the world, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era. 22 April 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. YEHUDI explores Yehudi Menuhin’s genius and artistry through his legendary recordings – the best-loved violin masterpieces, famed duets and collaborations and exclusive unpublished material - in a specially priced 3-CD compilation for the great violinist’s centenary year.

‘Now I know there is a God in heaven!’ exclaimed Albert Einstein when he heard Yehudi Menuhin, then just 13 years old, play a concert in Berlin in 1929. That famous anecdote encapsulates Menuhin’s genius as a violinist and the impact he made in the course of a career that spanned a momentous period of history. Born in New York in 1916, he died in Berlin in 1999 — 70 years after drawing such an amazed response from the pre-eminent scientist of the 20th century. Seventy years was also the duration of his relationship with the record company EMI. Unrivalled in the history of recording, it produced some 300 discs, now treasures of the Warner Classics catalogue. This three-CD collection, Yehudi, comprises 39 outstanding tracks, carefully chosen to display the many facets of Menuhin’s achievement as a violinist — in concertos, sonatas, chamber music and captivating encore pieces, in music inspired by his friendship with the sitar-player Ravi Shankar, and in partnership with the jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

Menuhin was an enthusiast, a man of enormous musical and intellectual curiosity, a generous colleague and a sympathetic mentor, as well as a man of vision, ideals and determination who believed that music has the potential to change the world. In his autobiography, Unfinished Journey, published in 1977, Menuhin wrote: ‘Speaking for myself, I am the most fortunate of human beings, having music for expression and communication … Of course it must not be … an escape. I am constantly thinking of ways and means to improve, alleviate, protect, guide and inspire in practical terms.’

As a child prodigy, his education, both academic and musical, had been unconventional, but in 1963 he established the Menuhin School, not far from London. It exists “to provide the environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world to pursue their love of music” and has produced such celebrated violinists of today as Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Alina Abrigimova and Nicola Benedetti. In 1977 he founded the International Menuhin Music Academy for young graduate string players in Gstaad, Switzerland, where in 1957 he had launched a music festival that continues to flourish in the 21st century. His legacy to the world also includes a number of charities. Menuhin said, ‘Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit, reaching people through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance. This is why it has been my dream to bring music back into the lives of those people whose lives are especially prone to stress and suffering ... so that it might comfort, heal and bring delight.’

His charity Live Music Now, which operates across the United Kingdom — the country in which Menuhin made his home — takes music to people facing difficulties in their lives, such as children with special educational needs, the sick and the elderly. During World War II, Menuhin set a fine example in demonstrating the healing power of music. While the conflict raged, he gave 500 concerts for Allied troops and appeared in Antwerp, Brussels and Paris shortly after the cities were liberated. In June 1945 he performed in San Francisco for the inaugural assembly of the United Nations, and the following month, with the composer Benjamin Britten as his pianist, he played in Belsen for survivors of the Nazi concentration camps. ‘We hoped that the experience of the music we passionately strived to share with them would speak to them of emotions they had once felt and disentangle some of the knots in their suffering souls. For many years afterwards, I received countless letters from individuals who had attended these concerts; they confirmed my conviction, which had wavered at the time, that music was, after all, an essential element of life.’

- Yehuda Shapiro

CD1: Violin Concertos
JS Bach
1. Violin Concerto no.1 in A minor, BWV 1041: I. Allegro
2. Violin Concerto no.2 in E minor, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
Vivaldi
3. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G minor, RV315 ‘Summer’/‘L’estate’: III. Presto
Viotti
4. Violin Concerto No.22 en A minor, G97: II. Adagio
Beethoven
5. Violin Concerto in D major, op.61: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Mendelssohn
6. Violin Concerto no.2 in E minor, op.64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
7. Violin Concerto in D minor: III. Allegro
Tchaikovsky
8. Violin Concerto in D, op.35: II. Canzonetta. Andante
Brahms
9. Violin Concerto in D Major, op.77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Paganini
10. Violin Concerto no.2 in B minor, op.7: III. Rondo ‘La campanella’

CD2: Violin Sonatas and other Chamber Music
Beethoven
Violin Sonata no.5 in F, op.24 ‘Spring’
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio molto espressivo
3. III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
4. IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
5. Violin Sonata no.9 in A, op.47 ‘Kreutzer’: III. Finale: Presto
Brahms
6. Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, op.108: III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Schubert
7. Piano Trio no.1 in B flat, D898: II. Andante un poco mosso
Mozart
8. Violin Sonata in A, K526: II. Andante
JS Bach
9. Sonata for solo violin no.3 in C, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro assai
10. Violin Sonata no.3 in E Major, BWV 1016: III. Adagio ma non tanto
Franck
11. Violin Sonata in A: II. Allegro
Fauré
12. Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor, op.15: II. Scherzo. Allegro vivo
13. Berceuse in D, op.16

CD3: Character Pieces
Brahms
1. Hungarian Dance no.5 in G minor (arr. Joachim)
Locatelli
2. Caprice no.23 in D ‘Harmonious Labyrinth’ (arr. David)
3. Sonata no.12 in D ‘La Folia’
Schubert
4. Ave Maria, D839 (arr. Menuhin)
Dvořák
5. Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 ‘From the New World’: Goin’ home (arr. Kreisler)
6. Slavonic Dance in E minor, op.72 no.2 (arr. Kreisler)
Delibes
7. Coppélia: Ballade de l’Epi
8. Sylvia: Pas de deux
Debussy
9. Préludes, Book I: La Fille aux cheveux de lin (arr. Hartmann)
Kreisler
10. Liebesleid
11. Liebesfreud
12. Schön Rosmarin
Rossini
13. Andante con variazioni in F for violin and Harp
Ravi Shankar
14. Prabhati (based on Raga Gunkali)
Max Harris
15. Viva Vivaldi
16. Air on a Shoestring

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