David Oistrakh: Remembering A Musician

June 12, 2004 at 11:07 PM · David Oistrakh: Remembering A Musician

Narrated by Erick Friedman

Kultur International Films, Ltd.


60 min.


VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

Review: Excellent Soviet documentary on D. Oistrakh's life narrated in English by former Heifetz pupil Erick Friedman. Contains rare footage of Oistrakh playing throughout his life, beginning with his victory in the Wieniawski competition in the 1930's. Shows how he became a Soviet hero during WWII in Leningrad by playing the Tchaikovsky concerto to keep military morale high. In his statement right after receiving the Wieniawski prize, he makes clear that he expected his achievement to be seen as a proof of the superiority of the Soviet system and ideology. Auer's flight to the West left his orphaned pupils with the challenge of establishing the Soviet school of the violin. One can see Oistrakh's relation to Soviet composers such as Shostakovitch, Prokofiev and Katchaturian, and to conductors and musicians such as Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter. David's son Igor talks, among other things, about his father's exacting work ethic and his experience of visiting Prokofiev w/ his father to hear the recently composed F minor sonata.

Musical clips include:

Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole, Intermezzo

Tchaikovsky - excerpts from the Violin Concerto

Bach - Concerto for two violins w/ son Igor

Shostakovich - 1st Violin Concerto

Sibelius - Violin Concerto, excerpt of 3rd mov.

Prokofiev - F minor Sonata movement.

He is also shown conducting Brahms.

Replies (3)

June 13, 2004 at 02:07 PM · Dear Laurie, this must be my fault for not being sufficiently clear, but I intended this review for the "Other reviews" section, not the discussion board, which is quite full at the moment. And for the sake of accuracy I must point out that it is a VHS video, not a DVD. Please feel free to delete this message and forgive me if I am misunderstanding the way you manage the site!


June 14, 2004 at 04:40 AM · Actually the only way to submit a review like this currently is through the discussion board. We soon will be integrating all those reviews into the discussion board so it is easier for everyone to participate in the discussions and easier for us to maintain. These reviews will come up on both the discussion board page and the CD review (or DVD review, or whatever category the review is) page. When we re-do it we'll come up with another category like movie/video, but since we don't right now, I put it in the DVD category.

June 14, 2004 at 01:16 PM · Hi, Laurie, I mean this section, for videos.


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