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David Oistrakh - The Complete EMI Recordings

Oistrakh,David
Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 14712  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsWolfgang Amadeus MozartJean Sibelius,   ... 
Performer:  Sviatoslav KnushevitzkyDavid OistrakhLev OborinMstislav Rostropovich,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm SargentHerbert von KarajanGeorge SzellSixten Ehrling,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraCleveland Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 17 
Recorded in: Mono/Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is possible that David Oistrakh was the most consistently satisfying violinist of his generation. At least that's the impression his large discography conveys. As it happens, EMI was responsible for some of his most memorable recorded achievements, many of which have been reissued numerous times, and in some cases reviewed for Classicstoday.com. There's little anyone can add to years of positive critical consensus concerning such catalog mainstays as the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Rostropovich, Richter, and Karajan, both versions of the Brahms Concerto (with Klemperer and Szell, respectively) and Double Concerto (Fournier/Galliera, Rostropovich/Szell), the two Prokofiev Concertos (No. 1 with Matacic, No. 2 with Galliera), plus those Read more warm, lyrically generous Mozart concerto collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, including a Sinfonia concertante to die for. And Oistrakh himself preferred his 1972 Shostakovich First concerto with the composer's son Maxim at the helm to his pioneering mono recording with Mitropoulos.

However, this 17-disc complete Oistrakh edition's main attraction for collectors concerns rarities that either are new to or long unavailable on CD, such as the superb 1954 Sibelius and Beethoven concertos with Sixten Ehrling and the Stockholm Festival Orchestra, and, with Jean Martinon, a passionate, vividly characterized Lalo Symphonie espagnole (including the once-rare-now-common central Intermezzo movement).

If you don't mind old-fashioned clarinet and bassoon vibrato circa Moscow 1955, an expansive Schubert Octet will give you pleasure. The "new" sonata recordings feature Oistrakh's equal-minded if not always sonically well-balanced partnership with Vladimir Yampolsky (the Franck, Khachaturian, and Mozart B-flat K. 454), plus a Beethoven "Kreutzer" hampered by Lev Oborin's dull pianism. For the most part, previously reissued items are represented by their most recent EMI transfer. Tully Potter's notes provide welcome biographical information plus interesting background details on the recordings themselves. Buy this release together with Brilliant Classics' wider ranging concerto collection and you'll have an instant, near-definitive Oistrakh library worth far more than its modest asking price.

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

1.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/10/1958 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin), Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1958 
3.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 9/1969 
4.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1969 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953 
6.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Sixten Ehrling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1954 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 454 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/1956 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/19/1955 
9.
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 
Date of Recording: 5/20/1955 
10.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Sixten Ehrling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 6/1954 
11.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1958 
12.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1960 
13.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1956 
14.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1971 
15.
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 
Date of Recording: 5/1969 
16.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
17.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 5/1958 
18.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1971 
19.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 9/1971 
20.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K 364 (320d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Igor Oistrakh (Violin), David Oistrakh (Viola)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1972 
21.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
22.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
23.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in B flat major, K 269 (261a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello), Lev Oborin (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 9/1971 
24.
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1776 
Date of Recording: 9/1971 
25.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1781 
Date of Recording: 9/1971 
26.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1958 
27.
Concertone for 2 Violins in C major, K 190 (186E) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Igor Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1972 
28.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
29.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
30.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1972 
31.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
32.
Concert Suite for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicolai Malko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 2/1956 
33.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 6/8/1954 
34.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
Date of Recording: 6/8/1954 
35.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 7: no 1, Love Song by Josef Suk
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891-1893; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1956 
36.
Hungarian Folksongs (10): Excerpt(s) by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1956 
37.
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: 2/28/1956 
38.
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: 2/28/1956 
Notes: Arranged: Francis Poulenc 
39.
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: 2/28/1956 
40.
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 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1956 
41.
Extase, Op. 18 by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 2/28/1956 
42.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 898/Op. 99 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1958 
43.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 1 by Karen Khachaturian
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 5/21/1955 
44.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/1956 
45.
Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Strings in F major, D 803/Op. 166 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Sorokin (Clarinet), Peter Bondarenko (Violin), Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (Cello),
David Oistrakh (Violin), Mikhail Terian (Viola), Joseph Gertovich (Double Bass),
Joseph Stidel (Bassoon), Jacov Shapiro (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/27/1955 
46.
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 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto for Violin and Cello "Double Concerto" (Brahms): II. Andante
Violin Concerto no 1 (Bruch): II. Adagio
Mazurka for Violin and Piano (Zarzycki)

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