Igor Oistrakh: Milestones of a Violin Legend | Documents 600518

Igor Oistrakh: Milestones of a Violin Legend

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600518

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 11th October 2019

Contents

Artists

Igor Oistrakh (violin)
David Oistrakh (violin)
Wladimir Yampolsky (piano)
Abram Makarov (piano)
Hans Pischner (harpsichord)
Inna Kollegorskaya (piano)
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Staatskapelle Berlin

Conductors

Eugene Goossens
Franz Konwitschny
Gennady Rhozhdestvensky

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Sonata for solo violin no.1 in G minor, BWV1001
Trio Sonata in C major, BWV1037
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV1052
Violin Concerto no.2 in E major, BWV1042

Bartok, Bela

Violin Concerto no.2, Sz112 BB117

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Romance no.1 in G major for violin and orchestra, op.40
Romance no.2 in F major for violin and orchestra, op.50
Violin Concerto in D major, op.61

Benda, Georg

Trio Sonata for two violins and piano

Bruch, Max

Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26

Handel, George Frideric

Trio Sonatas (10), op.2 HWV386a-394
» no.6 in G minor, HWV391

Khachaturian, Aram

Song-Poem (In Honor of Ashugs) for violin and piano
Violin Concerto in D minor, op.46

Kreisler, Fritz

Grave (in the style of WF Bach)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Serenade no.7 in D major, K250 'Haffner'
» IV Rondo (arr. Kreisler)

Rakov, Nikolai

Poeme in E minor
Violin Concerto no.1 in E minor

Saint-Saens, Camille

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28

Sarasate, Pablo de

Navarra: Spanish dance for 2 violins and piano, op.33

Scriabin, Alexander

Etudes (12), op.8
» no.11 in B flat minor

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Vitali, Tomaso Antonio

Chaconne in G minor

Vivaldi, Antonio

Concertos (12), op.3 'L'estro armonico'
» no.8 in A minor for 2 violins, RV522

Wieniawski, Henryk

Etudes-caprices (8), op.18
» no.2 in E flat major
» no.4 in A minor
» no.5 in E major
Violin Concerto no.2 in D minor, op.22

Artists

Igor Oistrakh (violin)
David Oistrakh (violin)
Wladimir Yampolsky (piano)
Abram Makarov (piano)
Hans Pischner (harpsichord)
Inna Kollegorskaya (piano)
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Staatskapelle Berlin

Conductors

Eugene Goossens
Franz Konwitschny
Gennady Rhozhdestvensky

About

“You cannot be too cautious when choosing your father, otherwise you’ll have his big name mentioned to you almost daily as a junior,” joked German newspaper Die Welt in a tribute to violinist Igor Oistrakh. Although he was certainly influenced musically by his legendary father David Oistrakh early on, Igor developed his own handwriting as a young musician – as brilliant as he was passionate and virtuoso.

The cultural functionaries of the Soviet Union allowed the young musician to appear in western countries even before his father enjoyed this privilege. Thus young Oistrakh – who was already enthusiastically celebrated in the eastern bloc countries – started a remarkable international career in the 1950s. This box-set with 12 original albums from the years 1954 to 1962 (plus bonus material) contains important recordings of his concert repertoire from his best years with works by Bartók, Khachaturian, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Rakov, Bruch, Mendelssohn and others. It not only shows a highly interesting soloist and chamber musician, but also honors this unique “stroke of luck in the history of violin playing”, the duo David and Igor Oistrakh which was celebrated for a quarter-century, with some of their famous recordings.

Vivaldi’s Double Concerto is included here as are Wieniawski’s Caprices, Sonatas by Benda and Bach. For direct comparison, check out the the two Beethoven Romances on offer here, recorded by the father in 1961 and five years earlier by the son. Franz Konwitschny, Eugene Goossens, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin and many more are also featured on these recordings.

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