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5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Oistrach, 19 Jan 2003
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Quite simply, I would rate Oistrach's performance of the Brahms concerto here as the very best I have heard. A wonderfully atmospheric reading, perfectly paced, full of grandeur and warmth. The Tchaikovsky concerto is similarly a splendid performance. These are great documents from the past, worthy of any collection, although because of their age, the sound is a little mushy. But this is a minor criticism: it almost adds to the sense of a truly great occasion from the past.
The sound quality is not an issue on the Bach concertos and the Beethoven romances. Period performance purists may baulk at the sound of modern instruments in Bach playing, but Oistrach's lightness of touch manages to convince here so very well. The characteristic Oistrach warmth is clear as is a brilliant mix of the playful and serious. These are gorgeous performances, which for me are as great as they were when I first got hooked in the early seventies. Igor Oistrach joins his father in the Bach double violin concerto; surely the slow movement in particular is one of the greatest performances of all time.
And the Beethoven is simply beautiful. Lovely romantic miniatures performed to perfection by a musician clearly at the height of his powers.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic performances - among the very best, 3 April 2007
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Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Everything here is of the highest level of excellence. Oistrakh was the complete violinist - technically impeccable, capable of great beauty of phrasing and tone, subtly colouring and shading the music, and with a fine sense of line and structure. It's all here in these classic performances from 1954 to 1962. My own preferences are for the Brahms and Tchaikovsky on the second CD, but the Bach, which has stood in the catalogue ever since it was released, I think, is excellent and the Beethoven likewise. The sound is fine and the performances are well supported by the various orchestras and conductors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 23 Nov 2012
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I have several different versions including the Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin and Anne-Sophie Mutter which I adore as well but this is probably my favourite version. David Oistrakh is just sublime. There is a beauty and magnificence to his playing that comes only once a generation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the definitive version, 6 Sep 2013
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The sleeve notes remind that this is a mono recording (Analogue Digital Digital). Do not be put off. I played it on my Sony Super Audio deck with Mission speakers. The sound is stunning. It is clear, with depth and warmth only the superior analogue technology can preserve. I have many SACD recordings which do not compare well.
As for the performance, David Oistrakh shows how it is done. Perfect technique, exactly the right tempo (unlike all English versions in existence, which for some reason are rushed along like a whipped mare - let's face it: the English can't play baroque or classical music unless it is Purcell and if they do, steer well clear and do not buy). When it comes to ballet, classical music, reliable space technology or machine guns, it will have to be Russian. It is the law.
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