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The Devil's Trill - Showpieces / Oistrakh, Yampolsky

Release Date: 09/07/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62915   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe TartiniClaude DebussyManuel de FallaEugène Ysaÿe,   ... 
Performer:  David OistrakhVladimir Yampolsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


‘The disc of encores is a well-planned and well-executed recital with playing that is as beautiful as one could imagine. It is to be warmly recommended to all lovers of fine violin playing. In the Tartini Sonata, strong playing throughout culminates in a most astonishing cadenza.’-- (Gramophone)

Never before has a generation of aspiring violinists had to compete so strenuously with the ghosts of their forerunners. Of course, Paganini’s reputation and compositions served as a constant goad to ever more brilliant accomplishments; but as those who actually heard him grew fewer and fewer, how many could judge whether those emulating him had even chosen the right path? The recordings made by Joachim,
Read more Sarasate, Hubay, and others of their generation revealed little of their tonal luster; even Elman made some of his best recordings for distribution on 78s—and, to my knowledge, Kreisler made all his that way. But Oistrakh’s violinistic command and human warmth aren’t buried under layers of surface noise and obscured by restricted dynamic and frequency ranges. (Heifetz, Francescatti, and Milstein shared his good fortune.) In EMI’s re-mastered collection of miniatures from 1957 (he recorded them between the 16th and the 28th of February, 1956) with his frequent partner, Vladimir Yampolsky, even the monaural Devil’s Trill, creates a vivid impression of Oistrakh. His powerful tone, rich in both dynamic contrasts and subtle nuances, comes just as urgently to life in such chestnuts as Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo and Falla’s Jota (Zarzycki’s familiar Mazurka also packs quite a punch) as in less flamboyant pieces like Wieniawski’s Légende, Suk’s Love Song, and Debussy’s Clair de lune. Oistrakh’s recording of Ysaÿe’s Extase (as well as those of the Third Solo Sonata, the Poème for Two Violins and Orchestra, op. 26, and the Poème élégiaque, op. 12) kept the composer’s name alive in recording catalogs long before his solo sonatas made their deservedly triumphant entry into the standard repertoire. With the sheer beauty of his sound and his substantial though hardly academic command of the music’s substance, Oistrakh might seem the kind of violinist whom contemporary violinists would attempt to emulate. But he fused his technical and musical virtues with a strong, immediately identifiable personality that can’t be reduced to the means (on-and-off vibrato, for example) by which he expressed it. He winds an especially sinuous way through Suk’s Love Song, but his individuality informs all the other pieces as well—even the trills of Kreisler’s cadenza to Tartini’s sonata. Tully Potter suggests in his notes that this compilation may help dispel the impression of Oistrakh as merely a concerto soloist. But these recordings had long been available on LP (except for the Debussy and Ysaÿe pieces, Oistrakh had recorded these miniatures earlier in the 1950s; in 1970, he recorded the “Devil’s Trill” again with Frida Bauer, released on Angel SR 40197). With all these issues available from time to time, his admirers can have harbored few such illusions. On the rest, though, they may have Potter’s desired effect, as a new generation discovers in Oistrakh a model spinner of short stories—and, to this day, a daunting competitor. Truly, as its series title suggests, one of “The Great Recordings of the Century.” Recommended as such.

Robert Maxham, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
This selection is a mono recording. 
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1956 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Arranged: Roelens
Arranger: Alexandre Roelens. 
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 4, Jota by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1956 
Notes: Arranger: Pawel Kochanski. 
Extase, Op. 18 by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 7: no 1, Love Song by Josef Suk
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891-1893; Prague, Czech Republ 
Notes: Arranger: Jaroslav Kocian. 
Hungarian Dance(s) by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Légende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Mazurka for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 26 by Aleksander Zarzycki
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1884; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1953 

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