Jean Martinon And David Oistrakh Play Music Of Prokofiev, Shostakovich And Tchaikovsky 1971 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

The heyday continues (Photo: INA)
The heyday continues. This week with David Oistrakh. (Photo: INA)

Continuing the Classic Concerts via Radio France Musique this week with another one featuring the ORTF Orchestra conducted by the legendary Jean Martinon. Soloist this time is the equally legendary Russian Violinist David Oistrakh in an all Russian program, originally broadcast in 1971.

Here’s what’s on the player this week:

ORTF National Orchestra, dir. Jean Martinon – David Oistrakh, violin 

1. Serge Prokofiev :Classical Symphony in D Maj. Op.25

2. Shostakovich: Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra op.129 David Oistrakh, violin

3. Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY :Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” in B min op. 74

(Archive INA -Register: 10/10/1971 TEC Paris)

Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works, including both of Dmitri Shostakovich’s violin concerti and the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian. He is considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century.

Oistrakh received many awards and distinctions. Within the Soviet Union, David Oistrakh was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1943, the title of People’s Artist of the USSR in 1953, and the Lenin Prize in 1960. He also won the 1935 Soviet Union Competition. Several reputable works from the standard violin repertoire are dedicated to Oistrakh, including a concerto by Khachaturian, two concerti by Shostakovich, and several other pieces.

Oistrakh’s fame and success were not limited to the Soviet Union: he placed second at the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Warsaw, after 16-year-old prodigy Ginette Neveu, and further improved upon that by winning the grand prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Additionally, the asteroid 42516 Oistrach is named in honour of him and his son, the violinist Igor Oistrakh.

Jean Martinon’s repertoire focused on the works of the early 20th century French and Russian masters. He became best known for his idiomatic performances of the French repertoire. In the words of one of his biographers, conductor Jean Martinon’s performances “were distinguished by a concern for translucent orchestral textures, and sustained by a subtle sense of rhythm and phrasing.” Occasionally, “he stressed a poetic inflection at the expense of literal accuracy.” He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.

As I said last week, this is a truly remarkable series France Musique has put together. Other memorable conductors in the series include Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur and Leonard Bernstein. I don’t know if there plans for earlier concerts with Andrè Cluytens, but . . . it would be nice.

In any event – a great concert and another one gratefully preserved.

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  1. Jean Martinon was a great conductor; despite his numerous recording for Erato he somehow remained underrated in France. His complete recording of Prokofiev symphonies (VOX) was great. Thanks for this post…….any Cluytens is also much welcome……..

  2. Jean Martinon was one of the finest conductors I’ve ever heard anywhere, an artist of the highest stature. His career was cut short by his untimely death. Please continue to rebroadcast these wonderful concerts with Maestro Martinon.

  3. Many thanks for the Martinon Recordings! Is it possible to post the Martinon-Concert DE FALLA La Vida Breve with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall?

    • I don’t believe I have that one. I will look – do you recall what year that was performed?

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