B1479. (OISTRAKH) VIKTOR JUZEFOVICS. David Ojsztrah. Budapest, Gondolat, 1980. 231pp. Index; Numerous brief bios; Photos. (Hungarian text) Very decent copy has considerable pencil markings. - 963-280-931-9
“David Oistrakh was a renowned Soviet classical violinist. Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, and the United States, and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works, including both of Dmitri Shostakovich's violin concerti, and the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian. He is considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century. From 1940 to 1963, Oistrakh performed extensively in a trio that also included the cellist Sviatoslav Knushevitsky and the pianist Lev Oborin. It was sometimes called the 'Oistrakh Trio’. Oistrakh collaborated extensively with Oborin, as well as Jacques Thibaud, a French violinist.
Arguably one of the most heroic acts in his life was his performance of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto to its end in the central music hall during the Battle of Stalingrad in winter 1942 while central Stalingrad was being massively bombed by the German forces.
1968 saw wide celebrations for the violinist's sixtieth birthday, which included a celebratory performance in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory of the Tchaikovsky concerto, one of his favourite works, under the baton of Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Oistrakh was now seen as one of the great violinists of his time, among such luminaries as Romania's George Enescu and Lithuanian born Jascha Heifetz”
- Z. D. Akron