S0735. DAVID OISTRAKH, w. Krips Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Violin Concerto in D (Brahms), Live Performance, 31 May, 1962, Musikverein, Vienna; DAVID OISTRAKH & IGOR OISTRAKH, w. Sargent Cond. London Phil.: Violin Concerto for Two Violins in d (Vivaldi); Amitié for Two Violins (Ysaÿe), Live Performance, 26 Feb., 1961, Royal Albert Hall, London. [The lesser-known Ysaÿe reverie is lushly post-romantic, more specifically post-Chausson 'Poème de l'amour et de la mer' - and is exquisitely beautiful - alone worth the price of this CD!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-760. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"David Oistrakh is considered the premiere violinist of the mid-twentieth century from the Soviet Union. His recorded legacy includes nearly the entire standard violin repertory up to and including Prokofiev and Bartok. In 1937 the Soviet government sent him to Brussels to compete in the International Ysaye Competition, where he took home first prize. With his victory in Brussels, Soviet composers began to take notice of their young compatriot, enabling Oistrakh to work closely with Miaskovsky and Khachaturian on their concerti in 1939 and 1940, respectively. In addition, his close friendship with Shostakovich led the composer to write two concerti for the instrument (the first of which Oistrakh played at his, and its, triumphant American premiere in 1955). During the 1940s Oistrakh's active performing schedule took him across the Soviet Union but his international career had to wait until the 1950s, when the political climate had cooled enough for Soviet artists to be welcomed in the capitals of the West.
Throughout his career David Oistrakh was known for his honest, warm personality; he developed close friendships with many of the leading musicians of the day. His violin technique was virtually flawless, though he never allowed purely physical matters to dominate his musical performances. He always demanded of himself (and his students) that musical proficiency, intelligence, and emotion be in balance, regardless of the particular style. Oistrakh felt that a violinist's essence was communicated through clever and subtle use of the bow, and not through overly expressive use of vibrato. To this end he developed a remarkably relaxed, flexible right arm technique, capable of producing the most delicate expressive nuances, but equally capable of generating great volume and projection."
- Blair Johnston, allmusic.com
“Igor Oistrakh is one of the more important violinists to emerge from the mid-20th century USSR, despite being largely overshadowed by his famous father, violinist David Oistrakh. Igor often partnered his father in duo repertory ranging from J.S. Bach and Mozart to Prokofiev and Ysaÿe. But the younger Oistrakh also struck out his own path as a soloist and recitalist in a broad range of repertory by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Khrennikov, and others. Like his father he also played the viola and conducted. In addition, Igor Oistrakh has been active as a teacher for most of his career.
Igor Oistrakh was born in Odessa, Ukraine, on April 27, 1931. His father was his first teacher, but during the early war years he abandoned studies on violin. Igor resumed studies in 1943, with Pyotr Stolyarsky, and later enrolled at Moscow's Central Music School. From 1947, Igor Oistrakh regularly began appearing in duo concerts with his father. Igor made his official debut as soloist in 1948, and the following year won the Budapest-based World Festival of Youth and Students Violin Competition. That same year Oistrakh enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory, remaining until 1955. Oistrakh was busy concertizing during his student years, even taking time in 1952 to win the International Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, Poland. In 1958 he joined the faculty at the Moscow Conservatory, while continuing to steadily build a successful career in chamber, solo and recital performance. In 1996 Oistrakh accepted the post of professor of violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. In the new century Oistrakh has remained active as a performer, often appearing with his wife, as well as his son, Valeri, who is also a talented violinist.”
- Robert Cummings, allmusic.com