YEHUDI MENUHIN, THE VIOLIN OF THE CENTURY
A review of YEHUDI MENUHIN THE VIOLIN OF THE CENTURY by Rob Mason
Filmed at his home, in Greece, Yehudi Menuhin tells the story of his life, which is the musical history of the century.
To leaf through Yehudi Menuhin's photo album is to cover the musical history of an entire century. He tells us about his life, "commenting" about himself based on the documents we show him: the departure from Israel for the United States, his birth in 1916, his dear pianist sister Hephzibah, his teachers Louis Persinger (first violin of the San Francisco Orchestra) then Georges Enesco and Adolf Busch, the first time he played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (in 1929, under the direction by Bruno Walter), his meeting with Bela Bartòk from whom he commissioned one of the masterpieces of the 20th century (the Sonata for Solo Violin).