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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D
     

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D

by David Oistrakh
 
For Oistrakh completists, this disc may be mandatory because it includes the great Soviet violinist's November 19, 1967, performance of Shostakovich's "Second Violin Concerto" with Eugene Ormandy leading the London Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated fans will likely already have heard one of his three other recordings

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For Oistrakh completists, this disc may be mandatory because it includes the great Soviet violinist's November 19, 1967, performance of Shostakovich's "Second Violin Concerto" with Eugene Ormandy leading the London Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated fans will likely already have heard one of his three other recordings: his 1967 world-premiere recording with Kiril Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic, or either of his 1968 recordings, one with Evgeny Svetlanov and the USSR Symphony, and the other with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow Philharmonic. Fans may still consider adding this one to their collection because Oistrakh was the work's dedicatee and his interpretation has never been bettered. In addition, Oistrakh's reading here has more of an evangelical tone than his Soviet recordings, understandable since this performance was the work's European premiere, and unlike the true believers back in the USSR, the capitalist heathen had to be converted to the socialist composer's cause. Ormandy, a long-time Shostakovich advocate, elicits a powerfully supportive accompaniment from the London Symphony that gives the performance a wholly different tone from those accompanied by Soviet conductors: it's cleaner, clearer, and more directly expressive. Coupled with Oistrakh's beautifully lyrical reading of Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto" with Maxim Shostakovich leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra from November 26, 1972, plus a cheerful account of Arthur Bliss' brief "Fanfare," this disc should interest admirers of the violinist, though the live sound is dim and a bit rough around the edges.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2009
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911426724
catalogNumber:
4267
Rank:
72041

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
  2. Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
  3. Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London, for brass & percussion, F. 65

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