April 08, 2016

Itzhak Perlman dedicates encore to Yehudi Menuhin at sold-out Paris recital

At the Philharmonie de Paris, one great violinist paid tribute to another; they both played the same Strad.

At his sold-out Paris concert this week, playing the Philharmonie de Paris for the first time, three charming encores in, Itzhak Perlman announced from the stage: "I'd like to dedicate this to my friend Yehudi Menuhin, who would have been one hundred this month.

Perlman explained to the enchanted audience that he plays on the 'Soil' Stradivarius violin that was once treasured by Menuhin himself, thirty years Perlman's senior. "

"I feel this togetherness, and I feel very fortunate," he said.

Perlman played Brahms' Hungarian Dance No.1, alluding to Menuhin's love of gypsy music.

Last year, Warner Classics marked Itzhak Perlman's 70th birthday with a complete boxed set of his recordings for the label. This month, with the centenary of Menuhin's birth falling on 22 April, Warner Classics has released The Menuhin Century edition, drawing together remastered and never-before-released recordings and rarities from that great violinist's 70-year relationship with his label.