By many "objective" standards and comparisons with other violinists (living and deceased), Yehudi Menuhin left much to be desired. His bowing, intonation, precision, tone, vibrato - all became a struggle. Yet his violin voice is so compelling, so exceptionally unique, so authentic, so emotional, that it is playing that I find myself returning to again and again for something that I just haven't heard with anyone else. Maybe his "flaws" are at the heart of his genius. Maybe a Menuhin performance is an experience in overcoming obstacles, "playing through pain" (in the words of athletes), triumphing over our own limitations.
If you feel the same way, what is it about this artist that you believe made him so compelling?
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