tomorrow evening (sunday 17th), 6.45-7.30pm, on bbc radio 3 menuhin at 100 (in the sunday feature series)
“Yehudi Menuhin was one of the most influential and iconic classical musicians of the twentieth century.
Menuhin at 100 marks the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth, exploring the life and career of this remarkable prodigy through the many interviews he gave, held in the BBC archives.
The violinists Tasmin Little and Leland Chen also share some of their thoughts and stories about their former mentor and colleague. This is an opportunity to get to know the man behind the violin, to revisit Menuhin telling us about his relationship with Enescu and Bartok, or recording Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the composer conducting.
Menuhin discusses his early life in San Francisco where he went to school only for one morning, going on to then travelling with his family as a violinist and how his upbringing impacted upon how he then raised his own family.
Menuhin recounts conducting various orchestras, including once conducting the Berlin Philharmonic standing on his head, as they performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
His life was spent in the public glare. It was a very unique life, shaped very early on by his upbringing and indisputable talents.”