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Symphony 4 & 8 Coriolan

Symphony 4 & 8 Coriolan


~ Ludwig van Beethoven

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Beethoven: 'Coriolan' Overture; Symphonies Nos. 4 & 8 Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra/Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin The legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin was the eldest child of Russian-born Hebrew scholars who met in Palestine, emigrated to New York City, and moved to San Francisco soon after their son's birth. After just three years of violin study, Yehudi made a legendary debut at age seven with the local symphony. His Carnegie Hall debut three years later, in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, garnered praise that likened him to Mozart as a prodigy, whereupon the family (which now included sisters Hephzibah and Yaltah) lived gypsy-like in hotels wherever Yehudi was engaged at enormous fees. But the child's talent was instinctive. During World War II he gave more than 500 concerts for Allied and American troops, but stirred a hornet's nest of controversy as the first major Jewish artist to perform in postwar Germany. Likewise, after the Six Day War in the Middle East, he was vilified for performing charity concerts in Arab countries. Increasingly he devoted himself to the training of young artists, both near London (which became his home in 1952) and at Gstaad, Switzerland. Also in 1952 he went to India, became a disciple of yoga, and a colleague of sitarist Ravi Shankar. He recorded with Shankar, as he did subsequently with Jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In the middle 1950s Menuhin took up conducting, but was no better schooled than he had been as a child violinist and he was conspicuously less successful despite having made a steady stream of recordings beginning in 1958. At age 82 he was guest conducting the Warsaw Symphony on tour when he suffered a fatal heart attack in Berlin.

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Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductors: Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestras: Sinfonia Varsovia
Title: Symphony 4 & 8 Coriolan
Release Date: 5/23/2006
Label: Apex
Product Type: CD
Catalog #: 2564604542
UPC: 825646045426
Item #: SRD604542