YEHUDI MENUHIN - THE EARLY RECORDINGS

ELGAR: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61. BACH: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041. Violin Concerto in E BWV 1042. Concerto in D minor for Two Violins BWV 1043. Sonata No. 1 in G mino, BWV 1001. Partita No. in B minor, BWV 1002. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004. Sonata No. 3 in C BWV 1005. Partita No. 5 in E BWV 1006. MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216. Concerto in D, K. 273a. Violin Concerto in D, K. 2941.Violin Sonata No. 24 in F, K. 378. Violin Sonata No. 34 in A K. 526. Violin Violin Sonata No. 17 in G, K.296. Violin Sonata No. 16 in B flat, K. 378. Divertimento No. 17 in D, K. 334. BEETHOVEN:Violin Sonata No. 9 in D, Op. 47 "Kreutzer." SCHUBERT: Rondo brillian, D 895. BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. Four Hungarian Dances. PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 6. Introduction & Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Moses. Rondo from Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor Moto perpetuo in C, Op. 12 .Six Caprices from Op. 24. MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. DVORÁK: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53. WIENIAWSKI: Legende, Op. 17.
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Iconic violinist Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) was Born in New York, later became a citizen of Switzerland and eventually of Great Britain. He got his first violin when only four, advanced quickly in his studies and, talk about being precious, when only 7 he appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. Shortly afterwards, he studied with Georges Enescu. His career developed spectacularly, with leading conductors of the time, including Bruno Walter, championing him. His career was spectacular. Menuhin was honored everywhere, gave numerous concerts and made countless recordings. Later in his career, his fabulous technique began to fade, and he took up conducting in the mid 1950s, making many recordings few of which are memorable. During his career he also was intrigued by new trends in music and became associated with Ravi Shankar, and experimented with jazz. This important Warner Classics set includes most of his early recordings made from 1933-1948 including the famous 1932 rewording of Elgar's concerto with the composer conducting, but, surprisingly, not his first recording, the Bruch Concerto No. 1 made in 1931 in London. But we do have the wide variety of repertory listed above, collaborations with many leading conductors including Georges Enescu, Pierre Monteux, and Malcolm Sargent, and often he is accompanied by his sister, Hezhibah, a distinguished pianist in his own right. This new issue is an important, surely of interest to collectors. However,the distinguished violinist made numerous recordings, and if you would like to hear later recordings, check out the EMI Classics set issued a few years ago, a mammoth 50-CD budget set of Menuhin's later recordings.

R.E.B. (Februay 2014)