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David Oistrakh biography: Personality

January 16, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Reading the memoirs of contemporaries, or looking at a wonderful album Evelyn Richter and Ernst Krause involuntarily begin to envy those who had the good fortune to communicate with David Fyodorovich Oistrakh. Generosity, kindness, ability to make friends, access - these Oistrakh-man no less valuable to us than his work.

«Since it was so interesting to talk, be together, that I always forget about time. It seemed minutes, but ran hours ... I was totally amazed how much he played - not engaged. And played. He liked to play house for their friends, and how to play! ... Sometimes when he has many friends, and how much heat is radiated it to them! Everyone was in his welcome "- wrote the then first-year student Conservatory Kogan of Professor David Oistrakh.

Another most valuable quality Oistrakh, Artist and Man: a heightened sense of duty. Until the last minute before the next tour he was in the conservatory, so he felt a deep responsibility to their students.

«Makes me nervous that Owl can not see his children, students this fall. If you have seen what they have become sad eyes when they hear about another of my departure ... ».
For him there was no notion - "the abolition of the concert." After all, people have bought tickets, came to the meeting and the meeting at any cost is to be held!
Life and creative graphic David Oistrakh was always extremely tight, but even in spite of constant acceleration, there was room for a joke. "Held in Moscow a few difficult days between two difficult journey - he wrote to his son. - Not enough time or strength. In a word - grief! But a nice fire ».

As any native of Odessa, he was good fun to tell jokes, enthusiastically played chess and tennis, he loved books: fiction, books on art and history, he adored his "Zhiguli" and was interested in technological innovations ... have always found time to write a letter to their most close people ...
«I know that the world has become much poorer and more boring with his loss. He was a golden man "(Isaac Stern).

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From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on January 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Hello, I'm by no means the good person to talk about his live concerts and such because it was way before my time. But all those who went told it was quite something... and that he was even better live than on the recordings.

However, Oistrakh is by far my favorite violinist and no. 1 idol!!! Many violinists can be impressive but I find he's the one who was the most impressive most of the time (greatest musical/technical stability from one time to another and from one peice to the other.) Add the fact that he made more things at once than almost anyone (touring, teaching, composing/conducting, viola, devoted teacher etc.) and he's really a genius : )

I have read as many things as I can on this great musician/artist. They all tend to say that he remained humble, kind with people and fans, simple, really disciplined, devoted, generous of his time and talent, funny etc. despite having to, as all his fellow musicians, sometimes act the way the goverment wanted.(Not to criticize URSS more than other places. My teacher is from there and I have endless respect for these musicians...)

Also, how to live with the whole world and country staring at your things must have been quite something.

Still, I think it was a give-give situation. Musically, he had a great training in one of the best violin cities at the time, talent, will and always more and more people who loved him. He definitivly seemed to have focused on the good things (maybe suffering in sience? Only relatives/ friends could have knowned.)and gave it back in so many ways to everyone...

So yes, really a great musician and person!

In my opinion, nowadays, Perlman is definitivly in the same "great musician/great person" style. I spoke to him once as a complete "nobody little amateur violinist" and he talked with us for 10 minutes happily, with great welcoming attitude/sense of humour. That will stay a great memory! For some reason, I beleive Oistrakh would have done the same with fans...
Have a nice day,

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