David Oistrakh


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
Shostakovich: Symphony No 15, Violin Concerto No 2 / Oistrakh
Release Date: 01/26/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1062   Number of Discs: 1
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Tartini: Devil's Trill Sonata; Violin Concertos / David Oistrakh
Release Date: 03/31/2015   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1283   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Violin Concerto / Oistrakh, Kletzki
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 18-2 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stockholm Festival Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Legendary Treasures - David Oistrakh Collection Vol 13
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7950 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  César Franck,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Vladimir Yampolsky
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  • 53.
    Schumann, Franck, Szymanowski, Ravel: Works For Violin And Piano / Oistrakh, Yampolsky
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1442 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel,  César Franck,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky,  David Oistrakh
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  • 54.
    Mozart, Shostakovich: Violin Concerti / Oistrakh, Mravinsky, Leningrad Po
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 736081 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    David Oistrakh In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4474 Release Date: 12/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  Leonid Kogan,  David Oistrakh,  Pavel Kogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Terian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 / Oistrakh
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4473 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Frida Bauer
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mozart: Greatest Concertos
    Label: Art   Catalog: 42962 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Werner Tast,  Oskar Michallik,  David Oistrakh,  Annerose Schmidt
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  • 58.
    Best Karajan 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15206 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Walton,  Dennis Brain,  Lothar Koch,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    David Oistrakh - Artist Of The People?
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 3073178 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
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  • 60.
    Icon - Sviatoslav Richter - The Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17411 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Oleg Kagan,  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Nikolaevsky,  Lorin Maazel,  Lovro von Matacic,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra members,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Brahms, Etc: Violin Concertos / Oistrakh, Hagen, Zukermann, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8076 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Greutter,  Thomas Zehetmair,  Antonio Meneses,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Günter Wand,  Kurt Sanderling,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 62.
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5; Brahms: Variations; Tchaikovsky: Moscow / Oistrakh, Yudina, Golovanov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1000962 Release Date: 10/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Yudina,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Nikolai S. Golovanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Leclair, Kodaly, Meyer: Violin Concertos / David Oistrakh
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184612 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ernst Hermann Meyer,  Zoltán Kodály,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Naum Walter,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Great Recordings of the Century - The DVD
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06788 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Manuel de Falla,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Otto Klemperer,  André Cluytens,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 65.
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8579 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Henri Wieniawski,  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Ion Voicu,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Oistrakh, Bauer
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420777 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Frida Bauer
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  • 67.
    David Oistrakh - Remembering A Musician
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1130 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edouard Lalo,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 68.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 / Konwitschny, Oistrakh, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7005 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 69.
    Basics - Hungarian Classics - Brahms, Kodaly, Liszt, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Zoltán Kodály,  Franz Liszt,  Jenö Hubay  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Geszty,  Hans Duncker,  David Oistrakh,  Naum Walter  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Carl von Garaguly,  Gerhart Wiesenhütter,  Egon Morbitzer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutschland Sender Orchestra Berlin  ... 
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  • 70.
    Portrait Of A Legend - Oistrakh
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 5003 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Beautiful Baroque - Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8598 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh,  Johannes Walter,  Manfred Schumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Friedmann Bätzel,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Zeljko Straka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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  • 72.
    The Rostropovich Edition - Dvorak, Brahms, Haydn
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65701 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  David Oistrakh,  Ulrich Koch
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Best Beethoven 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97307 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eric Heidsieck,  Paul Tortelier,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Riccardo Muti,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 74.
    Ultimate Violin Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000895302 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Henryk Szeryng,  David Oistrakh,  Lev Oborin  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Gamba,  Sir Alexander Gibson
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  • 75.
    Chausson: Symphony, Poeme;  Saint-saëns / Munch, Oistrakh
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60683 Release Date: 09/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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