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Featuring Yehudi Menuhin

Concert Magic Featuring Yehudi Menuhin


The Power of illumination

In the newspaper business they have a saying that one picture is worth a thousand words. No matter how hard you try to describe a person or a scene, your portrayal can never come close to the accuracy of a camera. In the case of a musician, you could say that a minute of recorded sound is worth any number of words. How else can you convey a violinist's tone to someone who has never heard him? And if you have film of him, your task is made yet easier. Film cannot wholly replace the thrill of seiing and hearing a concert, but it can be a reasonable substitute. Strangely, film-makers were slow to appreciate the possibilities of capturing live music on celluloid. Many great musicians of the 1930s left us very little film of their playing or none at all, even though the means existed to make excellent documentary studies.

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  • Yehudi Menuhin | Violinist
  • Eula Beal | Contralto
  • Adolph Baller | Pianist
  • Jakob Gimpel | Pianist
  • Marguerite Campbell
  • Hollywood Symphony Orchestra


  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
    • 1. Allegro con brio
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
    • 1. Preludio
  • Henryk Wieniawski, Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op. 16
  • Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod, Ave Maria
  • Franz Liszt, Three Concert Etudes, S. 144
    • Un Sospiro
  • Frédéric Chopin, Mazurkas, Op. 7
    • No. 1 in B flat major
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Tois Études, Op. 104 b
    • No. 2 in F major
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, St. Matthew's Passion, BWV 244
    • Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
  • Niccolò Paganini, Perpetuum mobile, Op. 11
  • Franz Schubert, Erlkönig, D. 328
  • Frédéric Chopin, Études, Op. 10
    • No. 3 in E Major
    • No. 8 in F Major
  • Frédéric Chopin, Waltz in E Minor, Op. posth.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Six Romances, Op. 6
    • VI. None but the Lonely Heart
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli, Caprice No. 23 in D Major, Op. 3, "Il Labirinto Armonico"
  • Johann Sebastian Bach / August Wilhelmj, Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
    • 2. Air
  • Niccolò Paganini / Fritz Kreisler, Caprice in A Minor, Op. 1 No. 24
  • Franz Schubert / August Wilhelmj, Ave Maria, D. 839


  • Directed by:
    • Paul Gordon
  • Venue: Charlie Chaplin Studios (Hollywood, USA)
  • Production date: 2005
  • Recording date: 1947
  • Duration: 10 min
  • Production: © BBC Produktion Berlin
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