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Menuhin: "Concert Magic"

Yehudi Menuhin violine | Adolph Baller, Marguerite Campbell, Jakob Gimpel: piano | Eula Beal Mezzo-Soprano
Symphony Orchestra of Hollywood
Antal Doráti

The great master violinist Yehudi Menuhin (1916 – 1999) joined a group of friends at the Charlie Chaplin Studios in 1947 to record the legendary Hollywood music film, “Concert Magic”. This DVD releases the film for the first time for home viewing. When it was premiered at the Stage door Cinema in San Francisco, it was the first ever concert filmed for movie audiences. Yehudi Menuhin was 32 years old and had already climbed to enormous heights of critical success and popularity. He and the other musician played classical and romantic works for the recording. The one hour long bonus track features “The Story behind Concert Magic”. In 1997, 50 years after the creation of the film, Yehudi Menuhin and Humphrey Burton (director of a number of Leonard Bernstein concerts and an expert biographer of Menuhin) viewed the film in front of the cameras. Menuhin recalled the making of the film in an interview and added many interesting details with regards to music, filming, artists and the idea behind it all.


Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12 No.1

J.S. Bach: Preludio, Ave Maria, “Lord, Have Mercy on Me”, Air; Henry Wieniawski: Scherzo tarantelle Op.16

Liszt: Etude de Concert No.3 “Un sospiro”

Chopin: Mazurka No.5 in B flat major Op.7 No.1, Étude in E major Op.10 No.3, Étude in F major, Op.10 No.8

Mendelssohn: Étude in F major Op.104 No.2

Paganini: Moto perpetuo Op.11; Caprice in A minor Op.1 No.24

Schubert: Erlkönig D328 Op.1, Ave Maria

Tchaikovsky: “None but the lonely heart” Op.6 No.6

Locatelli: Il labirinto armonico

Facts DVD Digital

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Sound format
PCM Stereo
Total running time
132 mins
Details running time
75 mins, 57 mins (Bonus)
English, French, German
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
The Story behind "Concert Magic"
Bonus subtitles
English, French, German