David Oistrakh

Biography

Born: September 30, 1908; Russia   Died: October 24, 1974; Netherlands  
David Oistrakh is considered the premiere violinist of the mid-twentieth century Soviet Union. His recorded legacy includes nearly the entire standard violin repertory up to and including Prokofiev and Bartók. Oistrakh's violin studies began in 1913 with the famed teacher Pyotr Stolyarsky. Later he officially joined Stolyarsky's class at the Odessa Conservatory, graduating in 1926 by playing Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto. Performances of the Read more Glazunov Concerto in Odessa and Kiev in 1927, and a 1928 debut in Leningrad (Tchaikovsky Concerto) gave Oistrakh the confidence to move to Moscow. He made his premiere there in early 1929, but the event went largely unnoticed. In 1934, however, after several years of patiently refining his craft, Oistrakh was invited to join the Moscow Conservatory, eventually rising to the rank of full professor in 1939.

Meanwhile, Oistrakh was gaining success on the competition circuit, winning the All-Ukrainian contest in 1930, and the All-Soviet competition three years later. In 1935 he took second prize at the Wieniawski competition. In 1937 the Soviet government sent the now veteran violinist to Brussels to compete in the International Ysa˙e Competition, where he took home first prize.

With his victory in Brussels, Soviet composers began to take notice of their young compatriot, enabling Oistrakh to work closely with Miaskovsky and Khachaturian on their concertos in 1939 and 1940, respectively. In addition, his close friendship with Shostakovich led the composer to write two concertos for the instrument (the first of which Oistrakh played at his, and its, triumphant American premiere in 1955). During the 1940s Oistrakh's active performing schedule took him across the Soviet Union but his international career had to wait until the 1950s, when the political climate had cooled enough for Soviet artists to be welcomed in the capitals of the West.

The remaining decades of Oistrakh's life were devoted to maintaining the highest possible standards of excellence throughout an exhausting touring schedule (he returned to the U.S. six times in the 1960s), and he began a small but successful sideline career as an orchestral conductor. His death came suddenly in Amsterdam in 1974, during a cycle of Brahms concerts in which he both played and conducted. Oistrakh's unexpected death left a void in the Soviet musical world which was never really filled.

Throughout his career David Oistrakh was known for his honest, warm personality; he developed close friendships with many of the leading musicians of the day. His violin technique was virtually flawless, though he never allowed purely physical matters to dominate his musical performances. He always demanded of himself (and his students) that musical proficiency, intelligence, and emotion be in balance, regardless of the particular style. Oistrakh felt that a violinist's essence was communicated through clever and subtle use of the bow, and not through overly expressive use of vibrato. To this end he developed a remarkably relaxed, flexible right arm technique, capable of producing the most delicate expressive nuances, but equally capable of generating great volume and projection.

As a teacher, David Oistrakh maintained that a teacher should do no more than necessary to help guide the student towards his or her own solutions to technical and interpretive difficulties. He rarely played during lessons, fearing that he might distract the student from developing a more individual approach, and even encouraged his students to challenge his interpretations. Perhaps the best evidence of the Oistrakh's gift for teaching is that he felt that he gained as much from the teaching experience as his students did. Read less
Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Brahms, Etc: Violin Concertos / Oistrakh, Hagen, Zukermann, Et Al
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 8076   Number of Discs: 2
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
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    Shostakovich: The Great Symphonies
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 6004 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
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    Oistrakh Collection, Vol. 14
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8020 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Tor Aulin  ... 
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto
    Label: Hi-q Records   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sviatoslav Richter,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    David Oistrakh [5-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001931 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Viotti,  César Franck,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Taneyev  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Nicolai Malko,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Alexander Gauk
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    Beethoven, Godard, Chausson, Saint-Saens, Ravel / Oistrakh
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002032 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Godard,  Ernest Chausson,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 / Oistrakh, Cluytens
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1329 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms: Concertos / Klemperer [6-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 43482 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Civil,  Annie Fischer,  Daniel Barenboim,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
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    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9245 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 51
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    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Rococo Variations
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002013 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich
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    The Russian Archives - The Oistrakh Trio Plays Russian Piano Trios
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9272 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 3
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    Sviatoslav Richter -  The Enigma
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 3073518 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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    Shostakovich: Three Concertos
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350059 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
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    Bach: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2;  Vivaldi / Oistrakh
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 2029505 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10132 Release Date: 05/25/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Jascha Heifetz,  Rudolf Serkin,  Rita Streich  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 1 No 3, Triple Concerto / Oborin, Oistrakh, Knushevitsky
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001937 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Svyatoslav Knushevitsky,  Lev Oborin,  David Oistrakh
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto, Violin Concerto / Richter, Rostropovich, Oistrakh
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55978 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Szell
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6787052 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Oistrakh, Rostropovich, Richter, Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027355 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    Shostakovich: Concertos / Oistrakh, Rostropovich
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1385 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Mason Jones,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Eugene Ormandy
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  • 23.
    The Very Best Of David Oistrakh
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 678987 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert,  Alexander Zaracycki  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Herbert Von Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6789922 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
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    Chamber Music / Paul Badura-Skoda and Friends
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 11200 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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