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Historic Russian Archives - Oistrakh Plays Violin Concertos


Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92609   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnAntonín DvorákDmitri ShostakovichEdouard Lalo,   ... 
Performer:  David Oistrakh
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinGennadi RozhdestvenskyKarl EliasbergKurt Sanderling,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony OrchestraUSSR State Radio Symphony OrchestraMoscow Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 9 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not surprisingly, the sound on these recordings, made between 1939 and 1968, is variable, not least because of their Soviet provenance. On the other hand, these Brilliant Classics transfers, whatever their source, sound notably better in some cases than previous issues (and most of this material has appeared many times over the years, on various legitimate and less-than-legitimate labels). For example, the Dvorák concerto has an openness and immediacy lacking in several previous incarnations. As for the performances, most are familiar, and it's pointless to nitpick. Oistrakh was one of the giants of the violin in the last century, and this 10-CD set features him at his best, in plenty of interesting repertoire.

Read more /> For the record, you get concertos by: Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Shostakovich (both), Beethoven, Kabalevsky, Taneyev (Concert Suite), Prokofiev (No. 1), Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Bartók (No. 1), Szymanowski (No. 1), Lalo (Symphonie espagnole), Bruch (Scottish Fantasy), Hindemith, Glazunov, Stravinsky, and Miaskovsky, plus Ravel's Tzigane, Chausson's Poème, and Glazunov's Mazurka-Oberek. Many of these (Sibelius, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Prokofiev) are rightly regarded as classics, and if you're looking for the essential concerto collection featuring this outstanding artist, then look no further. At the Brilliant Classics price you can't go wrong, and there's enough music here to provide years of thoughtful listening enjoyment.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1949 
Length: 27 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1949 
Length: 32 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1968 
Length: 28 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
4.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Length: 31 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Liverpool, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1968 
Venue:  Live  Grand Hall, Moscow State Conservatory 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
7.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1968 
Venue:  Live  Grand Hall, Moscow State Conservatory 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
8.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 48 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Karl Eliasberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1949 
Length: 15 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9.
Concert Suite for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/20/1960 
Length: 41 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1963 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
11.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1968 
Length: 34 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
12.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 02/14/1966 
Length: 29 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
13.
Concerto for Violin no 1, Sz 36 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/24/1960 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/20/1960 
Length: 22 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Violin by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/25/1962 
Length: 26 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
16.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1947 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
17.
Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 03/15/1948 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
18.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Date of Recording: 12/24/1960 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Violin in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1963 
Length: 14 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
20.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1956 
Venue:  Leningrad, USSR 
Length: 36 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
This concerto was originally published in 1956 as Op. 99.
Composition written: USSR (1947 - 1955). 
21.
Mazurka-oberek for Violin and Piano/Orchestra in D major by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gabril Yudin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1950 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
22.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/25/1962 
Length: 43 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
23.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 44 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Alexander Gauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1939 
Length: 35 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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