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.
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.
Orchestre de chambre de la RTF, Pierre Capdevielle
Lev Oborin (piano) - Frida Bauer (piano)