Remembering Oistrakh.

David Oistrakh plays…

Violinist David Oistrakh died in 1974. Yes, it is a long time ago, but as a huge figure in the music world, I find it surprising that he has moved into obscurity.

Yes, we have such an amazing crop of younger violinists these days, that one can understand this fact.

During his lifetime, I adored this man’s playing, so I pay tribute to his memory today, even though it is neither the anniversary of his birth nor his death.

On this recording we hear the following:


Franck, Cesar:


  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

Performed by David Oistrakh (violin)

These performances show Oistrakh at the height of his power and technical command. His playing is so solid and strong; his intonation is perfect, and his ensemble playing, especially with his favorite accompanist, Lev Oberin, is intimate ad sensitive.

His playing of Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata with Lev Oberin is one of the best recording I have ever heard.

His recording of the Prokofiev Sonata No. 1 in F Minor also stands out as a symbol of Oistrakh’s abilities.

Here is David Oistrakh in the Violin Concerto by Tchaikowski:

And next, here he is in the Cesar Franck Sonata in A major: Fourth Movement:

Tags: David Oistrakh, violinist, Beethoven, Cesar Frank, Tchaikovski, Prokofiev