Oistrakh: Violin Encores (Szymanowski, Falla, Wagner, Suk, et al) - Monitor MC-2003
Jacket GOOD (discoloration, corner wear, weak seams; no splits, else fine)
This beautiful LP from Monitor (MC-2003, US pressing, yellow label, mono) features David Oistrakh and his longtime accompanist Vladimir Yampolsky in an extraordinary collection of violin encores, made in the early 1950s and as fine as any comparable album ever recorded.
The exact contents are as follows:
Karol Szymanowski: La Fontaine d'Arethuse, No. 1 from Trois Poemes pour Violon et Piano Op. 30
Manuel de Falla (arr. Fritz Kreisler): Spanish Dance, from La vida breve
Alexander Scriabin (arr. Alexander Mogilevsky): Nocturne in F-sharp minor Op. 5 No. 1
Serge Prokofiev (arr. Jascha Heifetz): March, from The Love for Three Oranges
Isaac Albeniz (arr. George Caterin): Canto de amor, No. 3 from Sueños Op. 101bis
Richard Wagner (arr. August Wilhelmj): Album Leaf – Romanza
Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Eugene Ysaÿe): Etude (“Caprice”) in Waltz Form Op. 52 No. 6
Josef Suk (arr. Jaroslav Kocian): Love Song, No. 1 from 6 Piano Pieces Op. 7 No. 1
Alexander Zarzycki: Mazurka for Violin and Piano in G Major Op. 26
Nicolai Medtner: Nocturne in D minor Op. 16 No. 1
Zoltan Kodàly (arr. Grigory Feigin): Three Hungarian Folk Dances
The tone is unmistakable, as is the generous personality, charm, and fantasy of the artistry. Every miniature sounds from under Oistrakh’s bow as a minor masterpiece, each as captivating as the last. Those who eschew such encore fare would be hard pressed to resist the sheer magic of Oistrakh’s playing here, perfectly encapsulated in these chips from the master’s workbench, and the perfect tonic to the more ‘serious’ fare usually on offer from this most probing of violinists.
The lovely cover art was executed by Curt John Witt. On the reverse side of the jacket are liner notes (uncredited) that describe each track heard here.