The Music

His life support system

Menuhin didn't just play the violin. Rather he seemed to regard music as a kind of prayer made audible, and mellifluous. Nothing in the world was so natural, or so pleasurable. Nothing was more indispensable.

His own abilities were deeply paradoxical: there was his immense faith in his musical gift; but he had a most beguiling sense of his own uncertainties and flaws.

He was against the notion that says you cannot make music unless you make it perfectly. He took the view that it is music that perfects the artist. Not the other way around. Music for Menuhin was not about success, it was a life-support system.

A discography

Menuhin made recordings from 1928 until the year of his death, and his contract with EMI (now administered by Warner Classics) is the longest in the history of the recording industry. His interpretations of the Elgar violin concerto conducted by the composer, and of the Beethoven and Brahms concerti under the baton of Furtwängler, have never been surpassed.

Listed here under “Miscellaneous” are recordings that Menuhin, a pioneer of “crossover” music, made with the jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli and the sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Numerous compilations and box sets of Menuhin’s recordings may be found on the Warner Classics website.

Compiled by Jean Michel Molkhou © - February 2003, updated 2013

Abbreviations
a - k
  • ACR: A Classical Record
  • ADS: ADS Records
  • AND: Andante
  • ANDR: Andromeda
  • ANG: Angel
  • ARCH: Archipel Records
  • AUD: Audite
  • BBC MM: BBC Music Magazine
  • BID: Biddulph
  • BRIL: Brilliant Classics
  • BWS: Bruno Walter Society
  • CAP: Capitol
  • CASC: Cascavelle
  • CSO: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • CUST: Custom Fidelity
  • DG: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DOR: Doremi
  • DUT: Dutton
  • ELEC: Electrola
  • FORG: Forgotten Records
  • FREQ: Frequenz
  • HARM: Harmonia Mundi
  • HMV: His Master’s Voice
  • HUNG: Hungaroton
  • IGC: I Grandi Concerti
  • KING: King Records
l - z
  • LYS: Dante Lys
  • M & A: Music & Arts
  • MAL: Malibran -Music
  • MEL: Melodia
  • MER: Mercury
  • MHS: Musical Heritage Society
  • MLD: Melodram
  • MM: Musica Memoria
  • MOSS: Moss Music Group
  • NAX: Naxos
  • NUOV: Nuova Era
  • NW: New World Records
  • PRO: Pro Arte
  • RCO: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • RLP: Royal Long Players
  • ROC: Rococo
  • RTVE: RadioTelevision Española Musica
  • RVL: Revelation
  • SERA: Seraphim
  • STR: Strings
  • STRAD: Stradivarius
  • SYMPH: Symphonicum Europae
  • TAHR: Tahra
  • TEST: Testament
  • TPL: The Piano Library (Fono Enterprise)
  • URN: Urania
  • VIC: Victor