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
Tartini: Devil's Trill Sonata; Violin Concertos / David Oistrakh
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    An Isaac Stern Vivaldi Gala
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 38982 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
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    Celebration: A Life With Music / Isaac Stern
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    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh,  Gervase de Peyer
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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
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 - 1. Allegro moderato
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 - 2. Canzonetta (Andante)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 - 3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64 - 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64 - 3. Allegretto - Allegro molto vivace
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82 - 1. Moderato
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82 - 2. Andante - Tempo I
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82 - 3. Allegro
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 1. Andantino
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 3. Moderato
Kabalevsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C major, op.48 - 1. Allegro molto e con brio
Kabalevsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C major, op.48 - 2. Andantino cantabile
Kabalevsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C major, op.48 - 3. Vivace giocoso
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor - 1. Allegro vivo
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor - 2. Intermčde (Fantasque et léger)
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor - 3. Finale (Trčs animé)
Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 1. Andante
Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 2. Lento, ma non troppo - Poco piů mosso - Tempo I
Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 3. Animato, ma non allegro - Poco piů tranquillo - Meno mosso
Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 4. Allegretto leggero e scherzando
Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 5. Andante non troppo - Pochissimo piů animato
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G - 1. Allegretto
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G - 2. Blues (Moderato)
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G - 3. Perpetuum mobile (Allegro)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 77 (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 77 (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 77 (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra Op. 102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra Op. 102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Andante
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra Op. 102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Vivace non troppo
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 - Remaster): Nocturne: Moderato
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 Digital Remaster): Scherzo: Allegro
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 - Remaster): Passacaglia: Andante - Cadenza
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 Digital Remaster): Burlesque: Allegro con brio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 61 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo (cadence F. Kreisler)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 61 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 61 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo: Allegro (cadence F. Kreisler)
I. Nocturne. Adagio
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
III. Passacaglia. Andante
IV. Burlesca. Allegro con brio
Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta. Andante
III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 K216 (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 K216 (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 K216 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 K216 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 K216 (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Rondeau (Allegro - Andante - Allegretto)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 K216 (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Rondeau (Allegro - Andante - Allegretto)
Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Andante
Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Andante
Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Vivace non troppo
Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1990 Digital Remaster): Vivace non troppo
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 - Remaster): Nocturne: Moderato
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 Digital Remaster): Scherzo: Allegro
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 - Remaster): Passacaglia: Andante - Cadenza
Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 99 (2005 Digital Remaster): Burlesque: Allegro con brio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con fermezza - Cadenza (by D. Oistrakh)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Andante sostenuto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro vivace
Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102 (2006 Digital Remaster): I Allegro
Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102 (2006 Digital Remaster): II Andante
Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102 (2006 Digital Remaster): III Vivace non troppo
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato) -
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro energico)
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Sonata in G minor 'The Devil's Trill' (arr.Kreisler) (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Larghetto affetuoso
Sonata in G minor 'The Devil's Trill' (arr.Kreisler) (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro (tempo giusto della scuole Tartinista)
Sonata in G minor 'The Devil's Trill' (arr.Kreisler) (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Andante - Allegro
Sonata in G minor 'The Devil's Trill' (arr.Kreisler) (2004 Digital Remaster): Cadenza - Adagio