J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Double Violin Concerto

Main Performer
or Conductor:
David Oistrach
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Rudolf Barshai, Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Soloists:David & Igor Oistrakh
Individual Works:double concerto
sonata for two violins
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Monitor
Catalog Number:72009
Year Released/Recorded:1963
Total Playing Time:57:00
Comments:Walter Martinson said:

A treasure, a legend of a violinist, a legend of an orchestra and a living legend of a conductor in a perfect interpretation of a masterpiece

Cordelia Black said:

One of the age-old frustrations with David Oistrakh in particular is his inattention to time-signature because he is so 'carried away' with his powerful interpretation of pieces. It's for this reason that he seems to fare better in romantic works... but in this case, no such complaint need be laid.
The performance of the double concerto recorded here is a great example of adding individual spirit to the mathematical nature that Bach can manifest under less capable direction. And full credit to the impetuous soloists for managing to retain the original rhythm and essence of the work at the same time (a tricky balance, indeed!) Other critics might disagree, but I found these pieces to be refreshingly secular in nature; definitely a rewarding addition to a violinist's stash, but perhaps a lesson too for those Bach aficionadi brought up on Orgelwerke.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Walter Martinson
  • Cordelia Black
Date First Submitted:11/10/1996