Shostakovich’s Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 performed by David Oistrakh

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COMPOSERS: Shostakovich
ALBUM TITLE: Shostakovich
WORKS: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Alone – Suite
PERFORMER: David Oistrakh (violin); Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Mravinsky; Moscow Philharmonic/Kondrashin; USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Rozhdestvensky
CATALOGUE NO: ALC 1337 (1956-71)

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Even if the First Concerto does not quite rival the bleak intensity of Oistrakh’s debut recoding with Mitropoulos, these masterly accounts mine the music’s emotional core with relentlessly probing acuity.

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Julian Haylock