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David Oistrakh (1908 - 1974) graduated
from the Odessa Violin School, a pupil of Professor P. Stolyarsky. In 1928
he moved to Moscow, where he stopped attending classes and became a
"self-made" musician. Novelty and perfection of interpretations,
never-ending creative search, rare stability of the performing forms, a keen sense
of recognizing all significant in new music, originality of the "Oistrakh
intonation" - this is what was typical of the musician. Critics in many
countries called him "King of
Violin" and "King David."
The 20th century will, by all rights, enter the history of the violin performing art as
the epoch of David Oistrakh. His traditions go on in the creative activity
of his best pupils.
"I'm striving to accomplish my task as an artist and I hope to share with
still more people the rich world of music which brightens everyday life.
That's what I am living for." These words are some kind of a creative
credo of the great violinist.
David Oistrakh, violin
The USSR Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Kondrashin, conductor
Cover design by A. Grigoriev
Photo by S. Tomin