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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto Op. 99 / Cello Concerto Op. 107 [Original recording remastered]

David Oistrakh , Mstislav Rostropovich , Dmitri Shostakovich Audio CD
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listen  1. Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 99: I. Nocturne. Adagio [Clean]David Oistrakh11:56$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 99: II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo [Clean]David Oistrakh 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 99: III. Passacaglia. Andante [Clean]David Oistrakh13:19$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 99: IV. Burlesca. Allegro con brio [Clean]David Oistrakh 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in E-Flat Major , Op. 107: I. Allegretto [Clean]Mstislav Rostropovich;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. IV. Allegro con moto [Clean]Mstislav Rostropovich;The Philadelphia Orchestra;Eugene Ormandy 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007QCK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sony has brought together Shostakovitch's greatest concertos in first recordings made soon after their American premieres by the artists most closely identified with them. Neither performance has been bettered, though some, such as Vengerov's Teldec Violin Concerto, come close. The Violin Concerto is in solid, detailed mono; the Cello Concerto in fine stereo. Oistrakh goes to the heart of the violin work, playing with extraordinary tonal magnificence and emotional power. He's matched by Mitropoulos, whose identification with the score is apparent. Rostropovitch is as good in the Cello Concerto, getting excellent support from Ormandy's Philadelphians. Both performances share the white heat of fresh discovery and have stood the test of time to become classic recordings. --Dan Davis

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Shostakovich May 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Rostropovich in the Cello Concerto is superb and, without question, this is the greatest STUDIO account of the Violin Concerto. But please note: Oistrakh and Mitropoulos gave the American premiere of the Violin Concerto in a LIVE radio broadcast performance on New Year's Day 1956, and the studio recording on this Sony CD was made the following day. That LIVE premiere performance can be heard (excellent sound!) in a 10-disc box set from the New York Philharmonic called "The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987." It's an expensive set ($225), but it contains some other extraordinary items, such as Stravinsky conducting Tchaikovsky's 2nd Symphony, Artur Rubinstein's finest account of the Chopin Piano Concerto #1 with Bruno Walter, Kirsten Flagstad and Walter in an incredible Immolation Scene from Wagner's Gotterdammerung, Stokowski's only recording of Mendelssohn's "Scotch" Symphony, and a great performance by Heifetz with Toscanini of the Brahms Violin Concerto. While I'm not a great fan of Heifetz, this was his finest account of the Brahms.

But the REAL highlight of that NY Phil. set: the SUPERLATIVE performance by Oistrakh and Mitropoulos in the Shostakovich Violin Concerto. While this Columbia studio recording is indeed wonderful, it doesn't quite touch the inspired intensity of Oistakh's "live" premiere. Of course, not all "live" performances are better than their studio counterparts (e.g., I much prefer Sviatoslav Richter's studio Liszt concertos on Philips to his "live" concert recording on BBC Legends). But Oistrakh and Mitropoulos in the premiere tightened the screws and threw off sparks "live" that even this superb studio performance doesn't quite match.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best recording of the violin concerto January 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Say what you will about modern recordings of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99, this recording, its first, is the best. In fifty years of collecting records, I put this in the top ten of any recording I've ever owned. Oistrakh, its dedicatee, and Mitropoulos and his New York orchestra played with unparalleled intensity. The Passacaglia, the heart of the work, is played more slowly than in modern recordings, and with a fervor that burns itself into your heart. The Cello Concerto is also given a classic performance by Rostropovich and Ormandy; Mason Jones, first horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, plays the very important horn solos brilliantly.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting It Right the First Time May 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful pairing of two of the great Shostakovich
concertoes. If I could award it 6 or 7 stars I would!
These are the "premiere" recordings of these works in the West,
and nothing has quite equalled them in their brilliance of conception and execution since. We are presented with the marvelous gifts of hearing these pieces played by the soloists
for whom the composer wrote them, and the rewards are thrilling
and unsurpassed. As noted elsewhere, David Oistrakh was one of the half dozen or so greatest violinists of the 20th Century, and besides his flawless technique he exhibits the warmth of tone, the sensitivity, the flexiblity and the overall musicality
which set him apart as a performer. For his part, Dimitri Mitropoulos accompanies his soloist with the type of genius too few conductors bring to this piece. Very few conductors were as gifted as Mitropoulos in looking at an unfamiliar score, imagining it whole and realizing that conception with brilliance.
Despite the monoural sound, the New York Philharmonic has seldom sounded better.
Likewise, Mstislav Rostropovich was one of the half dozen or so
greatest cellists of the last century. Only Casals, DuPre and
Yo-Yo Ma deserve to have their names mentioned along with his.
Rostropovich brings similar musical gifts to his reading of the cello concerto as Oistrakh brings to the violin concerto, together with a personality which expresses both the humor and the fatalism of Shostakovich with such subtlety, it takes a while for the listener to appreciate it all. Yet the real revelation here is the conducting of Eugene Ormandy. This is Ormandy before he began to play it safe, and concentrated more on lushness of orchestral tone than in challenging his listeners.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary CD March 5, 2001
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Shostakovich's Violin Concerto #1 in A minor is indeed one of the composer's most profound works. Highly autobiographical, like many of his other works that were written during crises in his life, the concerto is a serious, introspective work relieved in the second movement by biting satire and in the final movement by one of his short "burlesca" movements which he always wrote so well. The music also reflects the torment of the Russian people during that time -- a soulful project that Shostakovich took upon himself to document during and after the Stalin years. The concerto is certainly one of the greatest works of the twentieth century, and, in my opinion, this recording is one of the most intense and heartfelt performances ever captured on tape. Listen to the poignant and brooding theme of the first movement, marked "Nocturne. Adagio." The theme is insistent, and David Oistrakh plays it with warmth, depth and nobility. Mitropoulos, one of the most sensitive of conductors, forms each phrase expressively. The second movement, filled with rhythmic complexities and featuring a blazing, manic Jewish dance, is played brilliantly by the orchestra and soloist. No other recording of the piece captures that intensity of Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic, who was, at the time, at the peak of their form. The long Passacaglia of the third movement seems to speaking for the entire nation of Russia, with a heart-rending theme, beautifully developed and performed, that later becomes the basis of Shostakovich's finest cadenza, an extended emotional passage that leads directly into the short, violent "Burlesca" concluding the masterpiece. The performance is a historic document, recorded in excellent mono sound in 1956 at Carnegie Hall, a day after the successful American premier of the work. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Recordings of Great Players
These are really wonderful classic recordings. True, there are few moments when their dated nature is not apparent, but these are the kinds of performances that sell themselves... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, Not to be Missed Performances
The recordings on this disc are very special, not only that that the music was the first time the West had heard these new works by Shostakovich but also they mark a thaw in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by David A. Wend
5.0 out of 5 stars 1955?
Absolutely difficult to believe. Remastering geniuses is all I can say. This performance in direct comparison to the Yo-Yo Ma version with Bernstein makes the 1980 version... Read more
Published 15 months ago by H. D. Raney
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, anxious music
This music gave an anxious feeling. This music is not to heard it in the car, it make you feel something is going to happend
Published 16 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Performances - Bargain Price
The disc contains outstanding performances of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, Op. 99, and the 'Cello Concerto, Op. 107, by the soloists for whom the concertos were written. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by P. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Performances of These Two Pieces
I won't even begin to describe the breathtaking interpretations here- they leave nothing to be desired. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by thestarsprism
5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich is one of greatest from the 20th century
Shostakovich is one of my favorite composers. He is one of the greatest from the 20th century. This is a must have recording of his Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time great recordings
Performances by the dedicatees of Shostakovich's most famous string concertos which can never be bettered.
Published on June 6, 2009 by The singing strad
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually there's a better one, Oistrahk's earlier with Mrvinsky and...
Had I not known about it, I would have given the Columbia 5 stars. Oistrahk's performance is the same, but the interaction between soloist and orchestra is much more natural, and... Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by John Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances of Shostakovich
I'll make this brief; the other reviewer have said what I would have stated, that this is a great recording. Read more
Published on June 22, 2008 by Steve Missal
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