David Oistrakh plays these two concertos with the total skill and musicianship which seem as rewarding today as they did 20 years ago. His partners, as it were, are on the numerous side; in the Sibelius, in particular, the Philadelphia strings are both very strong and very impressive. They give the orchestral texture sound in general tremendous tension, given half a chance (and Sibelius sees to that often); but they would in the concert hall make life very difficult for the soloist. Not so on record, where the soloist can be given help; here he needs it in a degree which not everybody will like (TH did not, reviewing the record on its first appearance). The overall sound is somewhat more natural (though not self-evidently therefore better:Read more cannot 'natural' sound have its defects, too?) in the Tchaikovsky. Both concertos need taming a bit, top and bottom alike needing dc-boosting to get (again!) a 'natural' sound. But better performances you may never hear; and in spite of their length, and of the generous quantity of sound (in doubleforle) recorded, each concerto is apparently comfortably contained on its own side.
– Gramophone [12/1982], reviewing an earlier reissue on LP Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic Written: 1878; Russia
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47by Jean Sibelius Performer:
David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic Written: 1903-1905; Finland
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All star RecordingsJuly 13, 2014By owen r. (lakewood, CA)See All My Reviews"Eugene Ormandy was not always appreciated for the fine conductor that he was although the Philadelphia Orchestra was known to be one of the best in the U.S. David Oistrakh is generally recognized as the greatest violinist of our time. So what we have on this CD are historically notable performances by some of the greats. These 1959 recordings have been nicely remastered although they are closely recorded in the style of Columbia at that time."Report Abuse
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