David Oistrakh was an amazing violinist. On this recording he performs the Shostakovich Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
David Oistrakh first came to the United States in 1955, and the sound that he produced on his instrument was totally unique in its warmth and its dark colors.
The music on this CD includes the following works by Dmitry Shostakovich:
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
Performed by David Oistrakh (violin), with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra & USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Evgeny Svetlanov, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting.
Gramophone Magazine wrote, in part:
“ Oistrakh plays as impeccably as ever, and the Leningrad Philharmonic gives admirably vital support” … “taken as a whole, this is a most rewarding work and gets a most eloquence performance from Oistrakh who plays with his familiar virtuosity and sweetness of tone.”
Here is violinist David Oistrakh in The violin concerto number 2 by Dmitry Shostakovich: