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Brahms: Violin Concerto, Etc / Oistrakh, Szell, Et Al


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67974   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  David OistrakhVladimir Yampolsky
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Believe it or not, this reissue marks the first time David Oistrakh's 1969 Brahms Concerto with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra appears on CD (not counting a hard-to-find Japanese edition). The violinist's interpretation does not markedly differ from his earlier EMI account with Klemperer at the helm; in fact, the tempos vary by mere seconds. Oistrakh's passionate phrasing and warm tone are all you could wish for in the first movement, with no shortage of delicacy and repose in response to Brahms' tranquillo indications. His broad and rustic approach to the finale remains intact, if slightly heavier-gaited (the quicksilver arpeggios aren't so effortlessly dispatched). Szell's customary discipline and chamber-like balances Read more handsomely pay off. Note, for instance, the unusual clarity of the repeated 16th-note figures prior to the violinist's dramatic entrance in the first movement, or the Adagio's exquisitely balanced woodwind chording. The elemental power of Klemperer's darker-hued orchestral framework, however, holds special allure in its own right. And though the Oistrakh/Szell boasts clearer, more updated sonics, I prefer the earlier recording's more egalitarian soloist/orchestra balances.

Oistrakh's only studio version of the same composer's D minor Op. 108 sonata fills out the disc: a 1958 mono recording that easily holds its own as a performance alongside the violinist's better-known live reading with Sviatoslav Richter. Here Oistrakh is miked too close for realism, while Vladimir Yampolsky's virile, dynamic support sounds as if the piano was positioned at least 10 feet from the violinist. These considerations, however, don't detract in the least from Oistrakh's timeless artistry.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 77 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo (cadenza: J. Joachim)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 77 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 77 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (2003 Digital Remaster): IV. Presto agitato

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