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Lydia Mordkovitch Pays Tribute To David Oistrakh

Locatelli / Mordkovitch / Benson / Walker
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10612   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙eErnest ChaussonDmitri ShostakovichSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Nicholas WalkerLydia MordkovitchMarina Gusak-GrinClifford Benson,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Oistrakh (1908 - 1974), one of the most famous violin virtuosos of the last century, made many recordings and was the dedicatee of numerous works for violin. Among the many violin virtuosi of the younger generation whom he inspired is Lydia Mordkovitch, one of his star pupils. In this CD she pays tribute to her great teacher. For Chandos Lydia Mordkovitch has recorded many works famously associated with Oistrakh, including violin concertos by Khachaturian and Shostakovich, all of which were written for him. Her recording of Shostakovich's two concertos won a Gramophone Award in 1990. Indeed, her style of playing has many of the hall marks of Oistrakh's: incredible virtuosity, rich colouring, and above all a passion which is totally Read more Russian in spirit. In this collection Lydia Mordkovitch brings together pieces with which Oistrakh was associated. The programme ranges widely, from newly recorded music by Pietro Locatelli to a classic version of Chausson's gorgeous Počme. Of course, Shostakovich is represented - a composer very closely associated with Oistrakh - Lydia Mordkovitch giving his Violin Sonata a superbly nuanced performance, plumbing real depths of feeling without any sentimentality. Rachmaninov has to be included too and Daises is a particularly lovely piece of music. Oistrakh gave sparkling performances of the technically challenging music of Ysa˙e, and Lydia Mordkovitch here proves that she can meet the challenges with equal brilliance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for violin & piano in F minor "au tombeau d'aprčs la sonate de Pietro Antonio Locatelli" by Eugčne Ysa˙e
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2. Sonata (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27: no 2 in A minor - 1st movement, Obsession by Eugčne Ysa˙e
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1924; Belgium 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk 
Length: 13 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3. Počme for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Marina Gusak-Grin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Clifford Benson (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1990 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk 
Length: 29 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  James Kirby (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6. L'arte del violin: XII concerti... con XXIV capricci ad libitum, Op. 3: Caprice No. 23 ''Il labirint by Pietro A. Locatelli
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata da camera in F minor, Op. 6, No. 7, "Au tombeau" (arr. E. Ysaye): I. Lento assai e mesto - Adagio in modo di recitativo - Recitativo ma piu animato che prime - Risoluto
Sonata da camera in F minor, Op. 6, No. 7, "Au tombeau" (arr. E. Ysaye): II. Allegro moderato e con passione -
Sonata da camera in F minor, Op. 6, No. 7, "Au tombeau" (arr. E. Ysaye): III. Adagio
Sonata da camera in F minor, Op. 6, No. 7, "Au tombeau" (arr. E. Ysaye): IV. Cantabile: Tempo molto moderato - Maggiore - Con brio - Piu largo - Lento
L'arte del violino: Caprice in D major, Op. 3, No. 23, "Il Labirinto Armonico"
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2: I. Prelude, "Obsession"
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2: II. Malinconia
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2: III. Sarabande, "Danse des ombres"
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2: IV. Les furies
Poeme, Op. 25 (arr. for violin and piano)
Violin Sonata, Op. 134: I. Andante
Violin Sonata, Op. 134: II. Allegretto
Violin Sonata, Op. 134: III. Largo - Andante - Largo

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