The Menuhin Century: The Historic Recordings
Warner 08256 467770 5 1 (18 CDs)
1 Apr 2016

As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a true world citizen, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era.
The Menuhin Century commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth on 22 April 1916.
These recordings depict Menuhin as a maker of musical history and place him in the context of momentous historical events.
The Historic Recordings includes Menuhin's collaborations with such figures as Sir Edward Elgar, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Sir John Barbirolli, Charles Munch and David Oistrakh,
and features recordings made in Moscow in 1945 and in Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.

 

 

 

 

CD 1: The collection opens with the landmark 1932 recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto that the 16-year-old violinist made at the new Abbey Road studios, with the composer himself conducting.
This is complemented by a previously unpublished recording of 'La Capricieuse'.

CD 2-3: Menuhin lays his claim to immortality with his pioneering recording of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas (1934-1936).

CDs 4-6: The young violinist’s encounter with his mentor George Enescu, one of the major musical figures of the time. These 3 CDs consist of their complete recordings together.

CD 7: War and peace. Menuhin snatched the recently rediscovered Schumann concerto – which he described as the “missing link of the violin literature” – from under the Nazis’ noses.
Then, in October 1944, just two months after the Liberation of Paris, he re-opened the Paris Opéra with Charles Munch, playing the Marseillaise and an extract from the Mendelssohn concerto, a work that had been forbidden during the Occupation.
The entire radio broadcast of this emotion-laden concert is to be heard on this disc.

CD 8: Menuhin in Moscow. Following an historic performance of Bach’s Double Concerto with another violin genius and close friend, David Oistrakh, comes an extraordinary recital in where he plays Nigun from Bloch’s Baal Shem – the piece was censored by Soviet radio.

CD 9-11: Menuhin and Furtwängler. “Unless you have secret incriminating evidence against Furtwängler supporting your accusation that he was a tool of Nazi Party, I beg to take violent issue with your decision to ban him,” wrote Menuhin to General McClure.
There is an unparalleled intensity to the musical encounter of violinist and conductor in the Beethoven concerto from Lucerne, making it one of the most memorable recordings in history. These 3 CDs consist of their complete official recordings together.

CD 12-16: Menuhin as a figure of musical inspiration. Works written for him by Bartók, Bloch (“He was my first composer, I his last performer.”), Frank Martin, William Walton, Paul Ben-Haim and many others.
Also contains a recording of the Roy Harris sonata discovered in Yehudi Menuhin's personal archive.

CD 17: 'West meets East,' the pioneering 1967 collaboration between Menuhin and sitar-player Ravi Shankar, transcending musical and cultural divides.

CD 18: The musician sans frontières: Menuhin’s recordings with jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli

 

CD 1 - 1 Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro
CD 1 - 2 Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61: II. Andante
CD 1 - 3 Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61: III. Allegro molto
CD 1 - 4 Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61: IV. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto
CD 1 - 5 Elgar: La Capricieuse, Op. 17
CD 2 - 1 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
CD 2 - 2 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga - Allegro
CD 2 - 3 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliano
CD 2 - 4 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
CD 2 - 5 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemande
CD 2 - 6 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
CD 2 - 7 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Courante
CD 2 - 8 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double - Presto
CD 2 - 9 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
CD 2 - 10 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
CD 2 - 11 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Bourrée
CD 2 - 12 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
CD 2 - 13 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemande
CD 2 - 14 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: II. Courante
CD 2 - 15 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: III. Sarabande
CD 2 - 16 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga
CD 2 - 17 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
CD 3 - 1 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
CD 3 - 2 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
CD 3 - 3 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
CD 3 - 4 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro
CD 3 - 5 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: I. Adagio
CD 3 - 6 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: II. Fuga
CD 3 - 7 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: III. Largo
CD 3 - 8 Bach, JS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro assai
CD 3 - 9 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Preludio
CD 3 - 10 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: II. Loure
CD 3 - 11 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau
CD 3 - 12 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet I
CD 3 - 13 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: V. Menuet II
CD 3 - 14 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: VI. Bourrée
CD 3 - 15 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: VII. Gigue
CD 3 - 16 Bach, JS: Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: I. Allegro
CD 3 - 17 Bach, JS: Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante
CD 3 - 18 Bach, JS: Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai
CD 4 - 1 Bach, JS: Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
CD 4 - 2 Bach, JS: Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
CD 4 - 3 Bach, JS: Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
CD 4 - 4 Yehudi Menuhin in his own words: Le double concerto de Bach avec Enesco
CD 4 - 5 Yehudi Menuhin in his own words: The Bach Concerto for two Violins with Enescu
CD 4 - 6 Yehudi Menuhin in his own words: Das Doppelkonzert für zwei Violinen mit Enescu
CD 4 - 7 Bach, JS: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
CD 4 - 8 Bach, JS: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
CD 4 - 9 Bach, JS: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: III. Allegro
CD 4 - 10 Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53: I. Allegro ma non troppo
CD 4 - 11 Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53: II. Adagio non troppo
CD 4 - 12 Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53: III. Finale - Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
CD 4 - 13 Paganini / Arr Enescu: 24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 6 in G Minor
CD 4 - 14 Wieniawski: Légende in G Minor, Op. 17
CD 5 - 1 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: I. Allegro (cadenza by Franko)
CD 5 - 2 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: II. Adagio (cadenza by Franko)
CD 5 - 3 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: III. Rondo - Allegro - Andante - Allegretto (cadenza by Franko)
CD 5 - 4 Mozart: Violin Concerto in D Major, K. 271a: I. Allegro maestoso (cadenza by Enescu)
CD 5 - 5 Mozart: Violin Concerto in D Major, K. 271a: II. Andante (cadenza by Enescu)
CD 5 - 6 Mozart: Violin Concerto in D Major, K. 271a: III. Allegro (cadenza by Enescu)
CD 5 - 7 Mozart: Violin Concerto in D Major, K. Anh. 294a, 'Adelaide': I. Allegro (cadenza by Hindemith)
CD 5 - 8 Mozart: Violin Concerto in D Major, K. Anh. 294a, 'Adelaide': II. Adagio (cadenza by Hindemith)
CD 5 - 9 Mozart: Violin Concerto in D Major, K. Anh. 294a, 'Adelaide': III. Allegro (cadenza by Hindemith)
CD 6 - 1 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
CD 6 - 2 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante
CD 6 - 3 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
CD 6 - 4 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo
CD 6 - 5 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: II. Scherzando - Allegro molto
CD 6 - 6 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: III. Intermezzo - Allegretto non troppo
CD 6 - 7 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: IV. Andante
CD 6 - 8 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: V. Rondo - Allegro
CD 6 - 9 Chausson: Poème, Op. 25
CD 7 - 1 Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23: I. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
CD 7 - 2 Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23: II. Langsam
CD 7 - 3 Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23: III. Lebhaft doch nicht schnell
CD 7 - 4 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218: I. Allegro (cadenza by Menuhin)
CD 7 - 5 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218: II. Andante cantabile (candenza by Menuhin)
CD 7 - 6 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218: III. Rondeau - Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo (cadenza by Menuhin)
CD 7 - 7 Berger: Presentation by journalist Monique Berger
CD 7 - 8 Rouget de Lisle: La Marseillaise
CD 7 - 9 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante (excerpt)
CD 7 - 10 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21 (excerpts)
CD 7 - 11 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Prelude (excerpt) [incorrectly announced as the Beethoven Violin Concerto cadenza)
CD 7 - 12 Yehudi Menuhin speaks to the audience
CD 7 - 13 Bach, JS: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
CD 8 - 1 Bach, JS: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
CD 8 - 2 Bach, JS: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
CD 8 - 3 Bach, JS: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: III. Allegro
CD 8 - 4 Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor, Op. 28
CD 8 - 5 Wieniawski: Scherzo-Tarantelle in G Minor, Op. 16
CD 8 - 6 Novacek: Perpetuum mobile, Op. 5 No. 4
CD 8 - 7 Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
CD 8 - 8 Tchaikovsky: Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26
CD 8 - 9 Dvorak / Arr Kreisler: 8 Slavonic Dances, Op. 72: No. 2 in E Minor
CD 8 - 10 Kreisler: Caprice viennois, Op. 2
CD 8 - 11 Debussy / Arr Hartmann: Preludes, Book 1, L.117: VIII. La Fille aux cheveux de lin
CD 8 - 12 Bartok / Arr Székely: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: I. Jocul cu bata (Stick Dance)
CD 8 - 13 Bartok / Arr Székely: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: II. Braul (Sash Dance)
CD 8 - 14 Bartok / Arr Székely: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: III. Pe loc (In One Spot)
CD 8 - 15 Bartok / Arr Székely: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: IV. Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
CD 8 - 16 Bartok / Arr Székely: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: V. Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian Polka)
CD 8 - 17 Bartok / Arr Székely: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56: VI. Maruntel (Fast Dance)
CD 8 - 18 Bloch: Baal Shem: No. 2 Nigun
CD 9 - 1 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo
CD 9 - 2 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: II. Larghetto
CD 9 - 3 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: III. Rondo - Allegro (Cadenza by Kreisler)
CD 9 - 4 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
CD 9 - 5 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante
CD 9 - 6 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
CD 10 - 1 Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo
CD 10 - 2 Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: II. Adagio
CD 10 - 3 Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto
CD 10 - 4 Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112: I. Allegro non troppo
CD 10 - 5 Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112: II. Andante tranquillo
CD 10 - 6 Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112: III. Allegro molto
CD 11 - 1 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo
CD 11 - 2 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: II. Larghetto
CD 11 - 3 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: III. Rondo - Allegro (Candenza by Kreisler)
CD 11 - 4 Beethoven: Romance No. 1 in G Major, Op. 40
CD 11 - 5 Beethoven: Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50
CD 12 - 1 Yehudi Menuhin in his own words: En 1942, entre deux concerts...
CD 12 - 2 Yehudi Menuhin in his own words: In 1942, between hundreds of concerts...
CD 12 - 3 Yehudi Menuhin in his own words: Zwischen hunderte von Konzerten...
CD 12 - 4 Bartok: Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: I. Tempo di ciaccona
CD 12 - 5 Bartok: Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: II. Fuga - Risoluto, non troppo vivo
CD 12 - 6 Bartok: Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: III. Melodia - Adagio
CD 12 - 7 Bartok: Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: IV. Presto
CD 12 - 8 Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz 75: I. Allegro appassionato
CD 12 - 9 Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz 75: II. Adagio
CD 12 - 10 Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz 75: III. Allegro
CD 12 - 11 Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76: I. Molto moderato
CD 12 - 12 Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76: II. Allegretto
CD 13 - 1 Walton: Violin Sonata: I. Allegro tranquillo
CD 13 - 2 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Tema - Andante
CD 13 - 3 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation I - A tempo poco più mosso
CD 13 - 4 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation II - A tempo quasi improvisando
CD 13 - 5 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation III - Alla marcia molto vivace
CD 13 - 6 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation IV - Allegro molto
CD 13 - 7 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation V - Allegretto con moto
CD 13 - 8 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation VI - Scherzando
CD 13 - 9 Walton: Violin Sonata: II. Variazioni - Variation VII - Andante tranquillo - Coda - Molto vivace - Presto
CD 13 - 10 Walton: Violin Concerto (revised version): I. Andante tranquillo
CD 13 - 11 Walton: Violin Concerto (revised version): II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana - Trio - Canzonetta - Tempo I
CD 13 - 12 Walton: Violin Concerto (revised version): III. Vivace
CD 13 - 13 Walton: Viola Concerto (revised version): I. Andante comodo
CD 13 - 14 Walton: Viola Concerto (revised version): II. Vivo, con molto preciso
CD 13 - 15 Walton: Viola Concerto (revised version): III. Allegro moderato
CD 14 - 1 Martin: Polyptyque: I. Image des Rameaux
CD 14 - 2 Martin: Polyptyque: II. Image de la Chambre haute
CD 14 - 3 Martin: Polyptyque: III. Image de Juda
CD 14 - 4 Martin: Polyptyque: IV. Image de Gethsémani
CD 14 - 5 Martin: Polyptyque: V. Image de jugement
CD 14 - 6 Martin: Polyptyque: VI. Image de Glorification
CD 14 - 7 Martin: Ballade
CD 14 - 8 Harris: Sonata for Violin and Piano: I. Maestoso
CD 14 - 9 Harris: Sonata for Violin and Piano: II.
CD 14 - 10 Harris: Sonata for Violin and Piano: III. Sustained
CD 14 - 11 Harris: Sonata for Violin and Piano: IV.
CD 15 - 1 Berkeley: Violin Concerto, Op. 59: I. Moderato
CD 15 - 2 Berkeley: Violin Concerto, Op. 59: II. Lento
CD 15 - 3 Berkeley: Violin Concerto, Op. 59: III. Lento - Allegro moderato
CD 15 - 4 Williamson: Violin Concerto: I. Adagio e sostenuto
CD 15 - 5 Williamson: Violin Concerto: II. Vivace
CD 15 - 6 Williamson: Violin Concerto: III. Adagio molto
CD 15 - 7 Panufnik: Violin Concerto, Op. 19: I. Rubato
CD 15 - 8 Panufnik: Violin Concerto, Op. 19: II. Adagio
CD 15 - 9 Panufnik: Violin Concerto, Op. 19: III. Vivace
CD 16 - 1 Bloch: Abodah
CD 16 - 2 Bloch: Suite No. 1 for Solo Violin: I. Prelude
CD 16 - 3 Bloch: Suite No. 1 for Solo Violin: II. Andante tranquillo
CD 16 - 4 Bloch: Suite No. 1 for Solo Violin: III. Allegro - Andante
CD 16 - 5 Bloch: Suite No. 1 for Solo Violin: IV. Allegro energico
CD 16 - 6 Bloch: Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: I. Energico deciso
CD 16 - 7 Bloch: Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: II. Moderato
CD 16 - 8 Bloch: Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: III. Andante
CD 16 - 9 Bloch: Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin: IV. Allegro molto
CD 16 - 10 Finney: Fantasy for Solo Violin: I. Statement and Variation
CD 16 - 11 Finney: Fantasy for Solo Violin: II. Development and Conclusion
CD 16 - 12 Somers: Music for Solo Violin
CD 16 - 13 Ben-Haïm: Violin Sonata in G Major: I. Allegro energico
CD 16 - 14 Ben-Haïm: Violin Sonata in G Major: II. Lento e sotto voce
CD 16 - 15 Ben-Haïm: Violin Sonata in G Major: III. Molto allegro
CD 17 - 1 Traditional: Prabhati (based on Raga Gunkali)
CD 17 - 2 Traditional: Raga Puriya Kalyan
CD 17 - 3 Traditional: Swara-Kakali (based on Raga Tilang)
CD 17 - 4 Traditional: Raga Piloo
CD 17 - 5 Traditional: Raga Ananda Bhairava
CD 17 - 6 Traditional: Tenderness
CD 17 - 7 Traditional: Twilight Mood
CD 18 - 1 Gade / Arr Harris: Jealousy
CD 18 - 2 Rodgers / Arr Harris: The Girl Friend: The Blue Room
CD 18 - 3 Gershwin / Arr Harris: Swing Time: A Fine Romance
CD 18 - 4 Grappelli / Arr Harris: Billy
CD 18 - 5 Gershwin / Arr Harris: Goldwyn Follies: Love is here to stay
CD 18 - 6 Grappelli: Aurore
CD 18 - 7 Kern / Arr Harris: Swing Time: Pick yourself up
CD 18 - 8 Porter / Arr Harris: Gay Divorce: Night and Day
CD 18 - 9 McHugh / Arr Harris: I Can't Believe that You are in Love with Me
CD 18 - 10 Strachey / Arr Harris: Spread It Abroad: These Foolish Things
CD 18 - 11 Grappelli / Arr Harris: Errol
CD 18 - 12 Gershwin / Arr Harris: Lady, Be Good!: Oh, Lady be Good
CD 18 - 13 Grappelli: Jermyn Street
CD 18 - 14 Berlin / Arr Harris: Top Hat: Cheek to Cheek
CD 18 - 15 Rodgers / Arr Harris: Babes in Arms: The Lady is a Tramp
CD 18 - 16 Gershwin / Harris: Funny Face: 'S Wonderful
CD 18 - 17 Gershwin / Arr Harris: Porgy and Bess: Summertime
CD 18 - 18 Grappelli: Menuet pour Menuhin
CD 18 - 19 Youmans / Arr Harris: No, No, Nanette: Tea for Two
CD 18 - 20 Harris / Arr Harris: Viva Vivaldi
CD 18 - 21 Harris / Arr Harris: Air on a Shoestring
CD 18 - 22 Gershwin / Arr Harris: Strike Up the Band: The Man I Love
CD 18 - 23 Grappelli: Coucou