Oistrakh/Gauk: Khachaturian Violin Concerto (rec. 1946) - Mercury MG 10000
Jacket VG / LP VG
This superb and rather elusive LP from Mercury (MG 10000, US pressing, heavy vinly, black/gold label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features David Oistrakh's first recording of Khachaturian's Violin Concerto in D minor, recorded in Moscow during 16-18 November 1946 with conductor Alexander Gauk leading the USSR State Symphony Orchestra.
Although his subsequent remakes with the composer on the podium for Columbia (1954) and Melodiya (1965) boast better sound, there are strong reasons for preferring this earlier account, not least the more gifted conducting of Alexander Gauk. This recording is imbued with a tremendous sense of occasion and there is a great frisson akin to the excitement of a 'live' performance – superb!
Incidentally, this was the very first recording of David Oistrakh's to be available in the USA.
There are excellent liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, which include a tribute from violinist Joseph Szigeti (with a reproduction of his autograph) expressing his happiness that Oistrakh’s discs playing, via recordings such as this Mercury LP, will now become known in the West – all texts provided in English only. The striking cover design is uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a 1" split to the lower-right corner, as well as minor corner wear and discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid and attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD. Although there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.