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Historic Russian Archives - David Oistrakh Box set

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  • Orchestra: USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kyrill Kondrashin, Karl Eliasberg, Kurt Sanderling, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Gabril Yudin, et al.
  • Composer: Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, Antonín Dvorák, Béla Bartók, Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, et al.
  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B0009OALK6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Davis OISTRAKH Violin Concertos 10CDs: Incs Mendelssohn; Dvorak;Shostakovich 1,2; Lalo; Bruch; Beethoven; Kabalevsky; Prokofiev 1; Tchaikovsky; Sibelius; Bartok 1; Szymanowski 1; Hindemith; Glazunov; Stravinsky; Miaskovsky. Orchs inc Moscow PO/ Kondrashin, Rozhdestvensky, USSR SSO/ Sanderling (Brilliant Cl) historic Russian Archive recordings

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on 28 Aug. 2005
We haven't been exactly short on releases by the great David Oistrakh, whether in the LP days or on CD. The trouble was that his recorded legacy - one of the most extensive in history by any violinist - has been made accessible through a multitude of labels, often in a haphazard fashion, and even more often for a very short time. The arrival of this new 10 CD-box has to be saluted for its effort to group a splendid selection of live recordings by Oistrakh made in the USSR between 1939 and 1968 with the Moscow Philharmonic, the Leningrad Philharmonic and the USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, with some of the foremost conductors of the day (Alexander Gauk, Kirill Kondrashin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling).
Undoubtedly, collectors will already have the majority of the recordings presented here (although a lot is no longer available), but this box covers all the great concertos and as a survey of the art of "King David" it is presently unbeatable.
The sound quality is variable, of course, but totally acceptable regarding the age of some of the documents.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Turner on 2 May 2009
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Taken from live Russian performances - mainly of reasonable quality in spite of their age, this is a wonderful picture of probably the century's greatest violinist. Some of the performances surpass the more famous western recordings he made, and some concerto performances are just not available elsewhere - such as the Mendelssohn concerto. A must for any serious student of violinists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2008
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Most of recordings in this set come from now deleted Russia Revelation & Russian Disc original release. As far as my ears can detect, there is no difference in sound quality from the original. All performances included here display Oistrakh's incredibly focussed & rich tones no other violinists can create. With this budget price, it is irresistable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2010
What an excellent box! Some of the greatest masterpieces of violin music powerfully played. Four of the greatest concertos, and some lesser known works- all with the recordings favouring the violin rather than the orchestra. David Oistrakh's technique is beautifully displayed. The years of the recordings run from 1939 to 1968. The sound quality is OK on all but one of the twenty three works. Very clear interpretations are promoted. (However I prefer other versions of the Ravel Tzigane). Some of the lesser known works are well worth discovering. (A minor niggle - beware the sleeve notes for the Bruch Scottish Fantasy)
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