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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertate; Bruch: Scottish Fantasy / Oistrakh


Release Date: 12/17/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470258   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMax BruchPaul Hindemith
Performer:  David OistrakhIgor Oistrakh
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinJascha HorensteinPaul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Oistrakh fans no doubt will own this legendary recording of the Hindemith Violin Concerto, which is making its third appearance on CD, this time paired with its original LP partner, Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. Along with the Stern/Bernstein recording on Sony, Oistrakh's version (playing under the composer's baton) is one of the classic accounts of this inventive work and it is good to see it again, even though it's also currently available in Decca's Australian Eloquence series. Sound quality has not improved much beyond these other versions (despite the 96/24 digital transfer), except for the intrusion of slightly more tape hiss.

This two-disc set also includes the Oistrakhs (father and son Igor) in their rousing 1963 version
Read more of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante under Kirill Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic. As on their later, slightly faster 1972 recording with the Berlin Philharmonic (on EMI), Oistrakh senior plays the viola part with amazing dexterity--but as a whole, the EMI version remains the favorite (and probably the best-ever recording of the work), thanks to the consummate orchestral accompaniment from the Berlin forces. By contrast, their Russian counterparts sound rough-edged and earthy. Mozart's charming Duo for Violin and Viola in G major (also on the original LP with the Sinfonia) graces this generous (if incongruous) compilation that no Oistrakh devotee will want to be without.

--Michael Liebowitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K 364 (320d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Viola), Igor Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Duo for Violin and Viola no 1 in G major, K 423 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Viola), Igor Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Liverpool, England 
4.
Concerto for Violin by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 

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