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Messi, Ali, Menuhin

Saturday, 10 March, 2012

It was the week of Lionel Messi. The diminutive Argentine striker struck five as Barcelona demolished their German opponents in the Champions League. The aftershocks were heard all around the world and The Himalayan Times was moved to declare “Messi runs rampage“. Our young century now has a megastar capable of mesmerizing audiences in the way Muhammad Ali did during the 20th century — minus the activism and eloquence, of course. But these are different times and Messi’s fans want goals, not political or religious declarations.

And what does Yehudi Menuhin have to do with all this? Well, he possessed the elegance of Ali and the agility of Messi and he combined those physical abilities with a heart and a soul that found sublime expression through the violin. He puts it all together here in a memorable interpretation of the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms.


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