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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto / David Oistrakh, Et Al

Release Date: 11/25/2009 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4267   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  David Oistrakh
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandyMaxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For Oistrakh completists, this disc may be mandatory because it includes the great Soviet violinist's November 19, 1967, performance of Shostakovich's Second Violin Concerto with Eugene Ormandy leading the London Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated fans will likely already have heard one of his three other recordings: his 1967 world-premiere recording with Kiril Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic, or either of his 1968 recordings, one with Evgeny Svetlanov and the USSR Symphony, and the other with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow Philharmonic. Fans may still consider adding this one to their collection because Oistrakh was the work's dedicatee and his interpretation has never been bettered. In addition, Oistrakh's reading here has more Read more of an evangelical tone than his Soviet recordings, understandable since this performance was the work's European premiere, and unlike the true believers back in the USSR, the capitalist heathen had to be converted to the socialist composer's cause. Ormandy, a long-time Shostakovich advocate, elicits a powerfully supportive accompaniment from the London Symphony that gives the performance a wholly different tone from those accompanied by Soviet conductors: it's cleaner, clearer, and more directly expressive. Coupled with Oistrakh's beautifully lyrical reading of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Maxim Shostakovich leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra from November 26, 1972, plus a cheerful account of Arthur Bliss' brief Fanfare, this disc should interest admirers of the violinist, though the live sound is dim and a bit rough around the edges.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1972 

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