S0756. DAVID OISTRAKH, w. Lev Oborin (Pf.): Sonata #1 in f (Prokofiev) [Played by the Creators]; Sonata in A (Franck); Beethoven & Brahms. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-890, Live Performance, 5 July, 1953, Théatre de Chaillot, Paris. [A brilliant recital . . . in glorious sound] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“The Sonata #1 in f was premiered by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin on October 23, 1946, under the personal coaching of the composer. During rehearsals, Oborin played a certain passage, marked forte, too gently for Prokofiev's liking, who insisted it should be more aggressive. Oborin replied that he was afraid of drowning out the violin, but Prokofiev said ’It should sound in such a way that people should jump in their seat, and people will say 'Is he out of his mind?'.
Prokofiev had described the slithering violin scales at the end of the 1st and 4th movements as 'wind passing through a graveyard'.”
- Barney Zwartz, A masterclass in Prokofiev, THE AGE, 5 July, 2008
"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
"Here is David Oistrakh with the great pianist Lev Oborin. Oborin was the 1st prize winner of the first Chopin competition in Warsaw (1927) and Aram Khachaturian dedicated to him his piano concerto of 1936. Oborin began his close artistic collaboration with Oistrakh in 1935, and their long association in concerts and recordings, as duo partners and in the David Oistrakh Trio, lasted throughout their lives."
- Ned Ludd