Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Oistrakh & Richter
Violin Sonatas by Brahms & Frank (VInyl)

I'm learning that so much of the playing that I've been taught and admire in my own generation of playing is rooted in the Russian style of Oistrakh and Milstein among others. When hearing the great American violinists of the early 20th century I feel less kinship to their instincts than I do with the Russian greats.

The recording isn't great - it's a live recording from a recital (which is amazing in itself) in 1968, so the recording technology was already quite advanced, but perhaps not having the control over the environment like you would in a recording studio explains most of the stuff I hear.

Either way, it's gorgeous playing from both Mr. Oistrakh and Richter.

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