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    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D Minor, MWV O 3

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    Mendelssohn composer this concerto for violin and string orchestra at the age of thirteen. It is succinct, taking approximately 22 minutes to perform. Yehudi Menuhin, the violin virtuoso, was first shown the manuscript of the concerto in the spring of 1951 in London by Albi Rosenthal, an amateur violinist and rare books dealer who had heard Menuhin in his first concert in Munich. He instantly found an interest in the concerto and bought the rights to it from members of the Mendelssohn family residing in Switzerland, which he held for the rest of his life. in 1952, Menuhin introduced the concerto to a Carnegie Hall audience, pleasing critics and the audience. Menuhin himself loved the concerto and thought Mendelssohn was probably quite proud of it.