David Oistrakh: Remembering A Musician
Narrated by Erick Friedman
Kultur International Films, Ltd.
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.
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