Yehudi Menuhin in San Francisco

from Unfinished Journey, page 55:

Dazzling as Heifetz was, I felt confident that my “Perpetuum Mobile” and “Dance of the Goblins” held their own next to his. Kreisler mystified me or rather defeated me. The Heifetz sound lay on the surface of the records I played, wed to grooves, arm and spindle like a beautiful ribbon spooled at seventy-eight revolutions per minute. The Kreisler sound was all subtle emphasis, innuendo, dropped hints which those primitive recordings and I caught as best we could. How I longed to play “Schön Rosmarin” or the “Caprice Viennois” with such chivalry!
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Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. 55. accessed: 23 July, 2024

location of experience: San Francisco


Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist, Conducting

Listening to

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'Perpetuum Mobile', 'Dance of the Goblins', 'Schön Rosmarin'
written by Fritz Kreisler
performed by Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz

Experience Information

Medium playback


Menuhin's impressions of Heifetz and Kreisler's recordings.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:07:34 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:36:17 +0000