David Oistrakh - Violin  Concertos  (10-Brilliant 92609)
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David Oistrakh - Violin  Concertos  (10-Brilliant 92609)
S0101. DAVID OISTRAKH: Violin Concertos, w. Kondrashin, Mravinsky, Rozhdestvensky, Eliasberg, Sanderling, Gabril Yudin, Gauk Cond. 10-Brilliant 92609. Out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 5028421926094


“If you're only ever going to get one set of violin concertos, you might well consider this set for your one and only. While it's true that there are several glaring omissions - no Brahms, no Bach, no Prokofiev Second, and no Bruch First through Third - and while it's also true that some of the recordings are virtually prehistoric - several are from the late '40s and the Miaskovsky dates from 1939...there's no denying that these performances are in every case as good or better than the best ever recorded. Why? Because the soloist is David Oistrakh, who, with his strong, sweet tone, his flawless intonation, his faultless technique, and his soulful interpretations, is acknowledged to be the greatest Soviet violinist and surely one of the greatest violinists of the twentieth century. In performance after performance, Oistrakh demonstrates that he is not only completely at home with Russian and Soviet repertories - his Tchaikovsky and Glazunov concertos are incredibly affecting and his Shostakovich is well-nigh definitive - but equally at ease in Western repertoire - his Chausso’Poème’ is nearly Gallic in its glowing sensuality and his Bruch ‘Scottish Fantasy’ is almost Celtic in its evocative nostalgia. Accompanied by such stalwarts of the Soviet podium as Mravinsky, Kondrashin, Rozhdestvensky, and Gauk, these performances belong on the shelf along with Heifetz, Milstein, Szeryng, and Grumiaux. Indeed, aside from the omissions and, in some cases, the sound, these performances could serve as most of the shelf.”

- James Leonard, allmusic.com