on May, 22nd, 1966:
David and Igor Oistrakh played the concerto in d-minor, BWV 1043 by
Bach. The concert began with the symphony Nr. 48 in C by Haydn and
ended with the 9th. Symphony by A. Bruckner.
Die Vienna Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.
The double concerto by Bach was also recorded by David and Igor
Oistrakh on LP records. The precision if their play, the richness
of sound and their stylistic authenticity deserve special attention.
The difference in tempest between father and son became apparent:
As soon as Igor Oistrakh took more liberty of tempo or agogic, the
raise of the eyebrow of the father put things back to his style
or tempo. The interpretation was not affected by a too big sound
of David O. who displayed so many shades of his tone, what could
be mentioned was the "classic" interpretation of Bach
in that concert, as opposed to the modern, but baroque interpretations
of toady's Baroque ensembles,playing old instruments and bows and
striving to the "original" sound. At the time of this
concert, the interpretation of <Oistrakh was considered the most
valid of the time.
Concert on may, 24th, 1966:
David Oistrakh conducted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
After Oberon-Ouverture by Weber, Igor Oistrakh played
the Concert op. 61 by Mendelssohn. In the second part, David
Oistrakh conducted and played the Concerto in a-minor
The Concert closed with the 2nd symphony by Franz Schubert.
Although the tone of D. Oistrakh is sometimes quoted as too
big when playing Bach, this concert gave prove of the stylistic
feeling of the soloist and conductor. Being perfect as an interpretation
of Bach, the sound of Oistrakh added greatness and novelty to
the solo-part. The program can be viewed be clicking on the link
at the right side.
May 26th, 1966: Concert of the Berliner Staatskapelle
conducted by Otmar Suitner:
Beethoven: Große Fuge in B-Major, op. 133
Beethoven: Concert op. 61, soloist: David Oistrakh
Reger: Variations and Fuge for orchestra, op. 132
These two concerts in Vienna could be considered
as the "Visit-card" of D. Oistrakh; his playing was
characterized by his great tone, which he could even raise over
the orchestra at the forte passages. The cadenza of the concerto
by Beethoven was played with incredibly strong an clear sound,
which caused my friend, Gustav Kuhn, to state:
"this was the violin concerto by David Oistrakh".
Being a little bit exaggerated, there is some truth in his statement;
he related to the extraordinary dominating of the soloist, who
on the other hand did never collide stylistically with the nature
of either concert.
May 1966: Concert of the Berliner Staatskapelle conducted
by Otmar Suitner:
M. Ravel: La Valse
Tschaikowsky: Concert op. 35. Soloist: David Oistrakh
Richard Strauß: Also sprach Zarathustra
May26th, 1968: Solo-Recital, accompanied by Frieda Bauer.
Schubert: Duo in A-major, DV 574;
Prokofieff: The rarely played Sonata Nr. 1 in f-minor, (
devoted to D. Oistrakh );
in the second part:
Tartini: Sonata "Devils-trill"
Ravel: Sonata in G-major.
The audience achieved to hear the following extras:
L. Janacek: Ballade;
Bartok: Hungarian folk tunes;
Locatelli: "Das harmonische Labyrinth".
The memory of this concert left D. Oistrakh dominating over
Frieda Bauer, an excellent pianist, however not at the level of
a partnership such as D.O. with S. Richter, or Gidon Kremer with
Martha Agerich. D. Oistrakh displayed a multi-colored intense
Prokofieff, in a full range from ppp to ff, especially
in the second movement which was never heard before. Ravel was
given in excessive emotional interpretation, especially the Blues
introduction of the second movement.
The cadenza of the "Devils-trill" can be best described
as an orgy of sound.
The top link leads to the review at "Die Presse"; nothing
can be added to this statement.
May 22nd 1970: Solo-Recital
with Frieda Bauer at the piano.
Bach: Sonata in A-major, BWV 1015;
Schostakowitsch: Sonata op. 134 (1968);
Schubert: from the Sonata op. 162
Brahms: Scherzo in c-minor
Beethoven: Sonata op.30/3 (allegro)
of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on May, 28th at the Musikverein
in Vienna, this was the opening concert of the Vienna Spring festival.
Conductor and Soloist: David Oistrakh (Viola), Soloist:
Igor Oistrakh (Violin).
Mozart: Divertimento KV 251
Sinfonia concertante KV 364
Symphony KV 551 (Jupiter)
June 11th, 1972: Concert at the Musikverein in Vienna:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado
Brahms: Concerto op. 77
Bruckner: 1. Symphony in c-minor
August 20th, 1972:
David Oistrakh and Sjatoslav Richter:
Brahms: Sonata Nr. 2 in A-major;
Bartok: Sonata Nr. 1;
Prokofieff: Sonata Nr. 1 in f-minor
|I would without doubt rank this concert
among the top-ever performance in violin history. Oistrakh and Richter
displayed an excessively intense interpretation, one inspiring the
other, making this concert an extraordinary event. All 3 compositions
were cast to their individual style, using dynamics and colors in
addition to the the equally distributed weight of the partners What
could be added or demanded more?