The Violin

Novelist Christopher Hope narrates his new short story about Fred, a Parisian janitor whose life is suddenly transformed by the exotic Yuliah, a Russian violinist.



The first of a nine-part series in which Andrew Manze explores violin music with some of the finest players.

1: The Mozart Violins.

Today we hear 12-year-old Maria-Elisabeth Lott on the violin Mozart played as a child, and Yuuko Shiokawa playing Mozart's concert violin in the room where he was born.

Plus a look at Leopold Mozart's influential treatise in violin playing.

Violin Sonata in G, K301.

Maria-Elisabeth Lott, Sontraud Speidel (fortepiano).

Rondo in B flat, K269.

Maria-Elisabeth Lott (violin), Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra/Markus Tomasi.

Violin Sonata in G, K379.

Yuuko Shiokawa, Andras Schiff (fortepiano).

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The second programme of a nine-part series in which Andrew Manze explores violin music with some of the finest players.

2: `Heifetz the Romantic'.

Today Andrew Manze looks at possibly the most famous violinist of the 20th century - Jascha Heifetz.

The programme features a performance of Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata from Heifetz's last concert, and some shorter pieces, including some of Paganini's caprices and part of Mozart's `Haffner' Serenade.


Andrew Manze looks at the influence of folk music on classical composers and plays some great historical recordings, including Joseph Joachim performing Brahms, Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartok in Bartok's Rhapsody No 1, and George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti in Enescu's Violin Sonata No 3.

Plus Augustin Dumay playing Ravel's `Tzigane', and a recording of folk musicians from Romania.


Andrew Manze explores some of the music written for solo violin, including Yehudi Menuhin playing Bach, Frank Peter Zimmermann performing Ysaye, Isabelle Faust playing Bartok, Alexander Markov and Ruggiero Ricci playing Paganini, and Matthew Trusler playing Kreisler.