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David Oistrakh: In Performance

52 minutes
M218 .O371 1988

In world music history there have been violinists of diverse individuality. Some captivate audiences by virtuoso technique and temperament, others hold listeners by their profundity and sincerity. Some show a talent for smaller pieces, others have a proclivity for sonatas, chamber music and concert recitals. But David Oistrakh was among the few who happily combined all of these merits. He possessed the magic power of being able to reflect in full beauty and versatility composers of many nations and epochs. His repertoire included the cream of violin concertos by such composers as Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Hindemith and Bartok. And he was the first to give superb renderings of the violin concertos of Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Khachaturyan and Shostakovich.

All who have ever heard Oistrakh are well aware of his graceful virtuoso technique, faultless intonation, power, and finesse. But it was not superb technique alone that comprised Oistrakh's main appeal. Rather, it was his maturity, his heart, his poetic inspiration; without which, even a perfect technique leaves the listener unmoved.

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