The great violinist tells the story of his first recording, made as a teenager under extraordinary circumstances.
As a musician, as a man of ideals, and as a true world citizen, Yehudi Menuhin made an extraordinary mark on his era. The Menuhin Century commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth on 22 April 1916.
Bruckner followed suit in 1896, leaving his ninth ‘unfinished’. Having written three monumental movements over the preceding nine years, he never completed the big finale he had envisaged. Although attempts have been made since to reconstruct the last movement for performance, it’s arguable whether this adds anything. The three-movement work is eerily satisfying as it stands and is the version favoured by Bernard Haitink here.
Outstanding conductor Karajan coupled with remarkable soloists, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter and the Berliner Philharmoniker deliver charismatic renditions of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Another addition in EMI’s illustrious remastered series, the performances are warm, spacious and powerful, remastered by four exquisite engineers.
Pinchas Zukerman (born July 16, 1948) is a noted Israeli violin master, violist, and conductor who was appointed Music Director of Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra in April 1998.
Bless This House was released in 1956 and features Mahalia Jackson and the Falls-Jones Ensemble. This LP is a favorite of the gospel purists who feel alienated by Jackson's collaborations with pop artists like Percy Faith and Harpo Marx. The songs on Bless This House feature great supporting performances by pianist Mildred Falls and organist Ralph Jones. Highlights include a jazzy, swinging "Let the Church Roll On," a dark, bluesy "Trouble With the Word," and energetic versions of "Down By the Riverside" and "It Don't Cost Very Much." Bless This House includes some of Jackson's most serious offerings and reflects the influence of blues singers Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey on her vocal style. A great introduction to Jackson's joyous, religious music and a good beginning for new listeners.