David Oistrakh plays Bach, Mozart & Brahms

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David Oistrakh plays Bach, Mozart & Brahms


Gramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - DVD Performance

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7th Feb 2011




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David Oistrakh plays Bach, Mozart & Brahms

Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 February 1961

Igor Oistrakh (violin) & David Oistrakh (violin)

English Chamber Orchestra, Colin Davis


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Royal Festival Hall, London, 19 September 1963

David Oistrakh (violin)

Moscow Philharmonic, Kirill Kondrashin


Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 September 1963

Igor Oistrakh (violin) & David Oistrakh (viola)

Moscow Philharmonic, Yehudi Menuhin

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The first two performances on this DVD feature David Oistrakh in one of his favourite performing partnerships, with his son, violinist Igor Oistrakh. The Bach concerto for two violins formed the duo’s first foreign engagement whilst the Mozart was performed two years later in a sell-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall. 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.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.


Sound format: LCPM mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 94’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

BBC Music Magazine

July 2011


“you'd be hard-pressed to find a more unanimous pair of soloists [in the Bach] than the Oistrakhs. The camerawork allows us to see them in action with little distraction, and phrasing, dynamics and rubato are in complete agreement. The balance of blend and contrast between father and son is even more noticeable in the Mozart, where David's viola-playing has velvety quality, although with immense underlying strength. Igor is brighter and sweeter, but recognisably a chip off the old block.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2011

“Igor's [vibrato] blends [with his father's] with a magical serenity verging on perfection...The Mozart, too, is wonderfully played.”

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