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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2009
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911426724
  • Catalog Number: 4267
  • Sales rank: 210,710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London, for brass & percussion, F. 65 - Arthur Bliss & London Symphony Orchestra (1:55)
  2. 2–4 Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129 - Dmitry Shostakovich & London Symphony Orchestra (28:07)
  3. 5–7 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & London Philharmonic Orchestra (33:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Oistrakh Primary Artist
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