Notes & Reviews:
Firma Melodiya presents recordings of Joseph Haydn's and Edward Elgar's violin concertos performed by Igor Oistrakh. Igor Oistrakh is the son of David Oistrakh, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. Since he was young his play was distinguished with high technical mastery and bright individuality without copying his father's style. Suffice it to mention his triumphs at the international competitions in Budapest in 1949 and Poznan in 1952, his appearances with some of the best musicians of the century such as Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin, Leonid Kogan and Vladimir Spivakov, and his work with the leading conductors. Igor Oistrakh was the first Soviet violinist to play the Violin Concerto by Edward Elgar. Violinist is accompanied by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra led by talented violinist and conductor Valentin Zhuk. The album also features Joseph Haydn's Double Concerto for violin and piano. Igor Oistrakh performs it together with Natalia Zertsalova, his long-standing ensemble partner and a pupil of Yakov Flier.