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Oistrakh was one of the greatest violinists of his day, and was the most characteristic representative of the Russian school, although his training took place in Odessa. He developed his monumental style during his time in Moscow. He combined supreme technical mastery and musicianship, delivered with a warm and powerful tone. He was very happy to perform new works, and many Soviet composers dedicated works to him (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Myaskovsky, Khachaturian, Rakov, Vainberg).
He also played sonatas with Lev Oborin and trios with Oborin and Knushevitsky, and was also a talented conductor. He was a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory from 1934, and among his students were his son Igor, Valery Klimov and Gidon Kremer. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1954 and was awarded the Lenin Prize in 1960. He was also awarded honours by the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Conservatorio di Saint Cecilia in Rome. His hobby was chess and he played a famous match against Prokofiev in 1937.
David Oistrakh, violin; Lev Oborin, paino.
Selections: Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.9 in A major O.47 "Kreutzer", 1st movement - Adagio sostenuto - Presto, 2nd movement - Andante con variazioni, 3rd movement - Finale - Presto, Violin Sonata No.5 in F major Op.24 "Spring", 1st movement - Allegro, 2nd movement - Adagio molto espressivo, 3rd movement - Scherzo - Allegro molto, 4th movement - Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo.