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The Menuhin Century - Unpublished Recordings and Rarities - Warner 22CDs1

Label : Warner
Format : Flac (image + cue)
Cover : Yes

Unpublished material and recordings previously unreleased on CD by EMI or Warner. This box includes Menuhin’s first recordings (USA, 1928), and recordings from as late as 1981

CD1 – With a spoken introduction from the violinist himself – in English, French, and German – this is the first record ever made by Menuhin in Europe: The 13-year-old Menuhin recorded no less a work than Bach’s unaccompanied sonata No.3 in C, one of the most complex in the violin repertoire; the result is miraculous. The CD concludes with Menuhin’s first recording of a concerto: Bruch No.1 with Landon Ronald conducting (1931).

CDs 2-4 – Recordings made between 1932 and 1945. Menuhin was one of the greatest stars in the musical firmament, appreciated by a huge audience. Many major recordings from this period have nonetheless remained unpublished until today – such as some alternative versions of Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and Partitas – or appear here for the first time on CD (Wieniawski’s Scherzo Tarantella, 1932, Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” sonata, 1932, Ravel’s Kaddisch, 1936, and many virtuoso showpieces).

CDs 5-10 – Post-war recordings to 1960. Featured here are many important recordings that are new to CD: Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole with Jean Fournet, Brahms’ three violin sonatas with pianist Louis Kentner, and above all, an astonishing version of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Boult, edited specially for this edition by Bruno Monsaingeon.

CDs 11-22 – If the younger Menuhin played like an angel, here life has left its mark, imbuing his playing with an intensity and humanity shown by few other musicians. These CDs include such important recordings as: Schubert’s string Quintet in C and octet, published for the first time in this set; Mozart’s piano quartets; works by Viotti, Corelli, Bach, and more.

Complete tracklist : The Menuhin Century – Unpublished Recordings and Rarities

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