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  • Actors: Gidon Kremer, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Igor Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Directors: Bruno Monsaingeon
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: English, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Wmv
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug. 2002
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069D4N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,070 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Languages and Audio Content:
Russian and English Linear PCM Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Black and White and Colour
Pal 4:3
Region Code: 2, 3 ,4 , 5 ,6

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Bruno Monsaingeon's David Oistrakh: Artist of the People? is a probing portrait of perhaps the most thought-provoking of modern violin virtuosi, and a good companion to his similarly revealing documentary on pianist Sviatoslav Richter. Although conversation with the man himself is minimal (Oistrakh died in 1974), Monsaingeon is able to draw upon the priceless reminiscences of those who worked with him, including his son Igor, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, protegé Gidon Kremer, and the late Yehudi Menuhin: their frank and sincere comments on Soviet society make for sobering listening. Equally important, the range of Oistrakh's repertoire is covered, from Bach to Shostakovich, in footage covering half a century of performance. The musicianship and humanity of a life dedicated to music in the face of an often ruthless establishment is powerfully and movingly evoked. This is a documentary that no-one interested in great music-making or 20th-century culture should miss.

On the DVD: David Oistrakh: Artist of the People? reproduces its disparate sources with remarkable consistency in a 4:3 picture, and if the high level transfer of the musical extracts gives a harder edge to Oistrakh's sound than was the case, the Linear PCM Stereo itself is fine. There are subtitles in five European languages, and a useful background article by Monsaingeon, similarly translated, in the booklet. --Richard Whitehouse

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Plaza Marcelino on 27 Jun. 2003
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Monsaingeon's Oistrakh film is indeed puzzling. Likewise the companion Richter and Fischer-Dieskau "bios", the musical contents of this TV-derived programme presents the viewer with stunning performances (excerpts only, though), both of chamber and of symphonic music, that amply secure Oistrakh's place amongst the really key violinists of the 20th century. Yet more so than in the Richter programme, Monsaingeon also opts for stressing the man's lack of fortitude before the USSR's communist bosses, picturing him as a weak character who hid behind his music-making and looked the other way whilst enjoying the favourable status his condition as "Artist of the People of the USSR" gave him during much of the Stalin reign, one of the darkest periods of European history, and those of his successors, much like what has amply been discussed regarding similar stances in musicians like Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm or Richard Strauss during the nazi regime in Germany, or of other artists who cynically profited from a favoured position in totalitarian states in order to advance in their life (Dalí's flirtations with the Franco regime in Spain comes to mind, as well as Respighi's with the Mussolini Government).Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2008
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This documentary offers just sufficient extracts from Oistrakh's playing to encourage one to go to the many audio recordings available so that you can hear just what a wonderful musician he was. The commentaries by Oistrakh's son, Igor, and his friends and fellow musicians, including Menuhin, Rozhdestvensky and Rostropovich, demonstrate that, despite his tacit support for the Soviet regime (which he believed had given him the opportunity to develop his talent) Oistrakh was a deeply sincere and lovable man, and a musician of genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Filiz Ali on 1 Oct. 2009
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David Oistrakh was one the few really great violinists of our time. This film by Bruno Monsaingeon is an excellent musical journey through his life and musical career.Like the other two Monsaingeon films about Richter and Rojdestvensky this film has a widely informative historical background of USSR in Oistrakh's lifetime. .
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