Which violin did Menuhin love best?

The late Lord Menuhin, who would have been 100 years old on April 22, vacillated all his life between a Stradivarius and a Guarnerius del Gesu, acquiring or borrowing several exemplars of each maker.

The history of his violins is nicely traced in a centennial article here by Tully Potter.

Had he been alive, those who knew Yehudi would have greeted him today with Happy Passover.

Little known fact: Yehudi took care not to appear in concert on the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur and Seder night, asking a family of observant Jews to advise him on diary clashes.

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  • ==Little known fact: Yehudi took care not to appear in concert on the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur and Seder night, asking a family of observant Jews to advise him on diary clashes

    No, this is *not* a little known fact.

    In the late 40s, Yehudi was famously about to be sued for breach of contract for refusing to play on Yom Kippur.

    • Sued by whom, Rodney? In the late 40s he played once on Kol Nidrei and regretted it ever after, donating his fee to some good cause.

  • two funny remarks ” “the most whiny unimpressive tone”
    Tagore wrote that Menuhin’s sound was the sound of Soul…

    and “diary clashes” :d a i r y ??

  • He was a phenomenon ..crashed as Ysaye predicted..never recovered no matter
    what violin he played….he was always in search of his “lost ” genius but did manage
    to build on whatever ability was left him .
    As to the rest , who cares ?

    • Mostly those who agree with you that “genius” and “phenomenon” are words that are appropriate when talking about YM.

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