Mendelssohn, Brahms, Sarasate / Classic Archive: Yehudi Menuhin [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance no 1
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21
>Bazzini, Antonio : Calabrese, Op. 34
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The archival gems included here are taken from footage for the legendary 1948 Hollywood film "Concert Magic" (the first ever concert filmed for movie audiences). At nearly 25 minutes, the Mendelssohn Concerto was too long for inclusion in the film, so although it is Menuhin's only filmed performance of the work it has only recently been discovered. To see one of the greatest ever violinists perform one of the greatest ever violin concertos is undoubtedly a compelling experience. The encore pieces that follow are superb documents of his seemingly effortless virtuosity.

Journal de Montréal
Un document d'époque qui met en scène le grand violoniste Yehudi Menuhin. En 1947 au Charlie Chaplin Studio, tout semble s'arrêter autour de Mendelssohn, Brahms, Sarasate, etc. Un talent comme il ne s'en fait plus.

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The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics - Giv Cornfield
Footage on this documentary includes part of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and works by Bazzini, Brahms and Sarasate. He is interviewed by Humphrey Burton in 1997, and in his old age seemed far more genial than the stone-faced 32 year-old virtuoso, who tossed off those finger-breaking passages in far-away Hollywood ca. 1947 without a hair moving on his pomaded head. I recall a time when following a recital (with sister Hefzibah at the piano) at UCLA, we went over to our house nearby to listen to a transfer from 78 rpm dics to LP, and album called "Vintage Menuhin". After relaxing by standing on his head for a few minutes (to allow blood to drain from his legs), we listened to the tape. Upon hearing his 1930s recording of Bazzini's "La Ronde des Lutins", he shook his head and mused: "I couldn't do that now to save my life!"

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 91 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Antal Doráti
  • Ensemble: Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1844

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance no 1 :: Hungarian Dance No 04 in F sharp minor
  • Performers: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Antal Dorati (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance no 1 :: Dance no 5 in G minor
  • Performers: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Antal Dorati (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21 :: no 1, Malagueña
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21 :: no 2, Habañera
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Bazzini, Antonio : Calabrese, Op. 34
  • Performers: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Adolph Baller (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859