Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

by David Oistrakh


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David Oistrakh's 1954 studio recording of Brahms' "Violin Concerto" with Franz Konwitschny and the Staatskapelle Dresden on Deutsche Grammophon has been a longtime favorite of his fans, and it is reissued here on Hänssler. It is a faster, tighter, more spontaneous reading than his other studio recordings (due to the fact that it was recorded in a quick morning session added at the last minute), but it features Oistrakh's sinewy yet strong tone, sweet intonation, and muscular approach to rhythm. Unfortunately, the thick, heavy, and gray sound of this Hänssler disc is inferior to DG's original, which was leaner and brighter in tone. Konwitschny and the Staatskapelle's account of Tchaikovsky's "Fourth" included as a coupling here does distinguish this release from the DG original, but Konwitschny's interpretation is taut to the point of breaking and generally nervous, sounding more like a patchwork of ballet excerpts than a symphony. Also, the sound of the Tchaikovsky is even thicker and heavier than on the Brahms' concerto. In short, listeners interested in Oistrakh in the concerto should seek out the original DG release before reaching for this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2008
Label: Profil - G Haenssler
UPC: 0881488700558
catalogNumber: 7005
Rank: 140727


  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  2. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

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