David Oistrakh - Violin Viola - Mozart - Sinfonia - Violin Concerto No.2 - Berlin LP

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Artists: David Oistrakh, violinist, violist, conductor with Igor Oistrakh, violinist and The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E Flat, K. 364 - Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K. 211
Year: 1972
Label: Angel Stereo S-36892
Country: U.S.A. (recorded in Germany)
Record VG+ slight suface noise ( listen)
Cover has wear and spine wear ( see pic)

Side A
David Oistrakh, violinist, violist, conductor with Igor Oistrakh
Mozart - Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K. 211

Side B

David Oistrakh, violinist, violist, conductor with Igor Oistrakh
Mozart - Sinfonia concertante in E Flat, K. 364

If you like your Mozart, big, warm, and uncomplicated, David Oistrakh (1908-1974) will meet your needs nicely. These recordings, made between 1970 and 1972, come from near the end of his life, but there was no diminution of his artistry at this late date. Playing from the podium – the old-fashioned way! - he seems wonderfully in control, and exhilarated by the music-making. And he should be, because we as listeners feel the same sort of exhilaration.

Playing like this will seem old-fashioned to some, particularly to those who were weaned on "period instruments" recordings. Oistrakh's tone is full and warm throughout. He makes little attempt to play Mozart differently than how he would have played Beethoven, or Brahms, for that matter, but this is honest, eternally Classical playing, not to be swayed by trends and fads. Similarly, he uses vibrato liberally, in the modern manner. Cadenzas are Oistrakh's own (again, without excessive concern for musicological accuracy),

Similarly, as a conductor, Oistrakh doesn't over-interpret; he just says what needs to be said to support his violin, and then steps back. The plushness of the Berliners' playing his little to do with what Mozart would have known at the time. The tempos are slow, the interpretations a little sentimentalized, but no one who loves great violin playing should care very much.

The Mozart Sinfonia concertante was recorded in 1972, at about the same time as the solo concertos. Here, Oistrakh was joined by his son Igor, and he displayed his versatility by putting down his violin and taking up the viola. One would have to look very hard to find a more beguiling example of the viola's rich tone – Oistrakh makes it sound like a human voice, perhaps a contralto. With Igor Oistrakh, like father, like son: the violin playing is warm, unaffected, and as shapely and unexaggerated as a classical Greek statue. Put the two of them together, and you get a recording that grabs your ears, then your heart, and finally your brain. Among modern instruments recordings of this joyful work, Oistrakh and Oistrakh, while not especially idiomatic, reign supreme.
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