Yehudi Menuhin

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A gem, and a rare one too, for this week’s Friday Historical. My friend and colleague Brendan Carroll, whose archive would turn Aladdin’s genie greener than ever, has just uploaded this heavenly account of the slow movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto. The soloist is Yehudi Menuhin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, and it’s a live broadcast from Maida Vale on the Home Service in the middle of World War II, 5 April 1943 to be precise.