£16 post free World-wide

 


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


 


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

Search
What's New
Previous CDs
Concerts
Jazz
Nostalgia
Composers
Resources
Announce
Labels index


Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    


 

Buy through MusicWeb for £13.99 postage paid World-wide. Immediate delivery
You may prefer to pay by Sterling cheque to avoid PayPal. Contactfor details

Purchase button

David Oistrakh Collection: Volume 1
Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)

String Quartet in D, Op. 11a (1871) [31'02].
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)

Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67b (1943/4) [23'09].
Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810, 'Death and the Maiden' (1824) – Andante con motoc [12'21].
David Oistrakh, acPyotr Bondarenko (violins); acMikhail Terian (viola); acSviatoslav Knushevitsky, bMiloš Sádlo (cellos); bDmitri Shostakovich (piano).
From Melodiya a295/8, c00205/6, bMercury DM21. Rec. 1946. ADD
DOREMI LEGENDARY TREASURES DHR7701 [66'43]


A fabulous disc, musically. To have David Oistrakh and Knushevitsky together is special enough – to have the composer Shostakovich as pianist in his own music almost seems like spoiling us.

Production values are a little pared down, however. We are given a different running order on the back cover than in the 'booklet'. The notes focus almost exclusively on the performers. A shame, given the musical rewards.

The recording of the Tchaikovsky sounds its age but nevertheless succeeds in capturing the quartet's wonderfully balanced sound. There is excitement aplenty here, but perhaps most importantly the players manage to blend extreme sensitivity, near-abandon and real passion in one supremely constructed movement. The famous Andante cantabile represents exploration of inner territory, hushed and concentrated. If the players do not completely let themselves go in the third movement, just missing the rusticity, it is as if they are saving themselves for the finale. The playing is at its warmest, most dedicated and most authentically Russian here.

Miracles take place in the Shostakovich, though. Right from cellist Miloš Sádlo's astonishingly controlled high (very high!) harmonics at the opening, which emerge as some sort of restrained banshee's cry, it is clear this is to be something special. The first movement is achingly beautiful, every aspect delivered with tremendous assurance from all parties. Shostakovich's pianism is just right here, his tone limpid, and he favours the dry, low-pedal approach.

If the second movement 'Allegro non troppo' stretches the composer/pianist rather - it is not 100% technically polished - this is a real romp. Contrast this with the recent Beaux Arts version, which despite its squeaky-cleanness misses the visceral excitement here (Warner Classics 2564 62514-2, to be reviewed shortly). A properly desolate Largo begins with the famous deep-toned piano chords sonorous but affected by wow somewhat. No matter – the string players sing as if possessed by the most grievous sadness. In these hands this movement is transfigured to the highest lament. In the finale’s typical shadowy dance control is all – talking of which, try 1'06 for the most magical subito pp. This then moves through real fantasy to a fragmentary end that, in this case, seems the only way the piece could ever have concluded. Superb, and interpretatively beyond criticism.

Finally, we come to the Andante con moto of Schubert's D810. I am trying desperately not to describe the opening as ghostly for obvious reasons, so perhaps veiled will have to do. There is no doubt that the players are fully immersed in this dark world, delighting in Schubert's immensely fertile imagination. There is some distortion here, but musically this is gripping. A thought-provoking close to a disc of many wonders.

Colin Clarke

see also review by Jonathan Woolf

 

 



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

 

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable Arcodiva
British Music Soc.
CDAccord
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter


Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter

Return to Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.