Oistrakh: Violin Concerto Nos. 1 by Bartok & Prokofiev - Period SHO 338
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / US pressing
This handsome LP from Period (SHO 338, US pressing, yellow label, mono) features David Oistrakh in magnificent accounts of Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 1 Sz. 36 and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Op. 19, the former recorded with conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow State Philharmonic, the former on 24 December 1960, the latter with conductor Kirill Kondrashin* and the same orchestra on 7 March 1963.
In discussing both concerto performances – issued on CD by Brilliant Classics – the erudite and eloquent critic Jonathan Woolf wrote for MusicWeb-International:
Bartok Violin Concerto No. 1 Sz. 36
“The Bartók concertos make infrequent appearances in the official discography. There’s a ’62 No.1, again with Rozhdestvensky, released on C0661 and licensed to Urania, Period, Le Chant du Monde and others and picked up by Forlane but otherwise little (it’s a different matter with the First Sonata) – no No.2. This is a strong, sinewy and powerfully contoured reading, with compelling brass interjections and a steady stream of lyric infusion from the soloist – real shades of colour and nobility.”
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Op. 19
“I always associate him more with No.2 but this is quite wrong discographically. Multiple examples of No 1 on record – Kondrashin on 78s, Golovanov likewise (where’s that been hiding?), Strasbourg/Bour, the famous von Matacic 1965 HMV, Termirkanov 1970, a Sanderling from the following year, rumours (unfounded so far) of a Prokofiev conducted traversal – that was the claim on Period SPL 739 anyway. Here with Kondrashin in ’63 he’s commanding; fine orchestral control by Kondrashin; undaunted technique from the soloist, ringing pizzicati, lyricism and drama balanced, one wolf note intrudes, wonderful legato in the finale, balletic warmth, superb trills, Kondrashin’s marshalling of lower brass top notch.”
Although the jacket states Rozhdestvensky to tbe conductor in both concerti, I believe he is only the conductor in the Bartok; in the Prokofiev, Kondrashin wields the baton.
In lieu of liner notes, the reverse side of the jacket contains a long listing of the albums in the Period catalog. The striking cover art is uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD. The only serious flaw concerns a 1 ½” split to the upper-left corner (a bit of crushing there as well), and a small bit of writing and discoloration to the rear panel. However, the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, still a decent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though 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 an excellent collector's copy.