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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56
>     2. Largo
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat, D. 898
>     1. Allegro moderato
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Hungarian Dances (3) (Kallai kettos), for violin & piano (Kodaly authorized arrangement by Fejgin)
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Legende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17
>Zaracycki, Alexander : Mazurka for violin & piano in G, Op 26
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Falla, Manuel de : Suite populaire espagnole
>     Jota
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Extase, Op. 18
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 99
>     2. Scherzo
>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert, Op. 28
>     5. Tarantella

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat, D. 898
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Hungarian Dances (3) (Kallai kettos), for violin & piano (Kodaly authorized arrangement by Fejgin)
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Legende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17
>Zaracycki, Alexander : Mazurka for violin & piano in G, Op 26
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Falla, Manuel de : Suite populaire espagnole
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Extase, Op. 18
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 99
>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

The first CD opens with a complete performance of one of the great masterpieces of the violin repertoire, the Violin Concerto in D by Brahms, which Oistrakh performs with the famous Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. This is followed by the slow movement from Beethoven's Triple Concerto in which Oistrakh joins his two eminent Russian colleagues, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and the pianist Sviatoslav Richter, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in one of EMI's all time best-selling classical recordings. The CD ends with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2, recorded in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Alceo Galliera in 1958. The second CD opens with an example of Oistrakh as a consummate performer of chamber music in the opening movement of Schubert's Piano Trio No.1. Oistrakh is heard here with his pianist colleague, Lev Oborin, and the cellist Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, who all performed regularly together as a piano trio. Next comes Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' Sonata with the pianist Vladimir Yampolsky, followed by a group of attractive short 'encore' pieces by Kodály, Wieniawski, Ysaÿe and others, mostly arranged for violin and piano from compositions from other genres including piano solos like Debussy's 'Clair de lune' and Tchaikovsky's 'Valse-Scherzo'. The CD finishes with the lively second movement 'Scherzo: Allegro' from Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.2, written in 1967and dedicated to Oistrakh, and the finale 'Tarantella: Presto' from Taneyev's colourful 'Suite de Concert'.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
  • Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Notes: Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio (05/13/1969/05/16/1969)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56 :: 2. Largo
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); David Oistrakh (Violin); Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (09/15/1969-09/17/1969)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  • Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/14/1958/05/19/1958)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat, D. 898 :: 1. Allegro moderato
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Svyatoslav Knushevitsky (Cello); Lev Oborin (Piano)
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (05/13/1958/05/16/1958)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?1827

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1740

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Hungarian Dances (3) (Kállai kettos), for violin & piano (Kodály authorized arrangement by Fejgin)
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Légende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Zaracycki, Alexander : Mazurka for violin & piano in G, Op 26
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Falla, Manuel de : Suite populaire espagnole :: Jota
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Extase, Op. 18
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1956

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 99 :: 2. Scherzo
  • Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Maxim Shostakovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1947-48.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert, Op. 28 :: 5. Tarantella
  • Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nikolai Malko
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909