Igor and David Oistrakh perform Bach, Mozart and Brahms

London, 1960-1963

A Summit Meeting in London: David Oïstrakh, his son Igor, Colin Davis and Yehudi Menuhin…

He was King David. And this title was deserved: David Oïstrakh was kingly. The most fabulous violinist of the 20th century was born in Odessa in 1908. He started to work at his instrument with Piotr Stoliarski, who also taught his son Igor. Very soon, the rumour of his talent spread throughout the USSR even reaching beyond the borders that were sealed at the time. He received First Prize at the Eugène Ysaye Competition in Belgium. His playing reconciles the irreconcilable: it is Dionysian and Apollonian at the same time, firmly rooted in the ground and as light as air, virtuoso without exhibitionism... How can one define his intense, warm, powerful sound? Although he excels in the Russian repertoire, he is as happy playing all other repertoires, from the classic to the contemporary. His artistry inspires Shostakovich who writes for him the two masterpieces of the Concertos for Violin, Prokofiev who composes for him the Sonatas for Violin and Piano n°1 and 2, and Miaskovski; Khatchaturian...

In London in 1961, before an audience at the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis, he plays with his son Igor Bach's Concerto for two violins with splendid authority. It is the duo's first foreign engagement. Two years later in London, during the first tour of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, before a packed audience at the Royal Albert Hall, David Oïstrakh on the alto performs Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Alto with his son Igor on the violin, both conducted by Yehudi Menuhin. A dream.

Then follows an exceptional document: Kirill Kondrashin, one of Oistrakh's preferred conductors, directs the Brahms Concerto, which has all the warmth and confidence one would expect from a classic Oistrakh recording.

English Chamber Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis conductor
Yehudi Menuhin conductor
Kirill Kondrashin conductor
Igor Oistrakh violin
David Oistrakh violin

Collections : ICA Classic: A Collection of Historical Performances and Rare Footage, The Best of Mozart
Playlist : The Musical Life in Former USSR
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genre : Orchestral music
Musical forms : Concerto, Sinfonia concertante

Duration : 01 h 33 min
Locations : Royal Festival Hall (London, Great Britain), Royal Albert Hall (London, Great Britain)
Recording date : 1961, 1963
Production date : 2011
Production : © BBC Woldwide Limited, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd

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