Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto (David Oistrakh)

Renowned Soviet classical violinist David Oistrakh performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Written in 1878, the piece is one of the best known violin concertos, and is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin. Performed and recorded in Moscow in 1968.

The concerto is in three movements (there is no break or pause between the second and third movements):

  1. Allegro moderato (D major)
  2. Canzonetta: Andante (G minor)
  3. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo (D major)

Encore: Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach: 2. Movement “Andante”. In the Andante Bach uses an insistent pattern in the ostinato bass part that is repeated constantly in the movement. He focuses the variation in the harmonic relations.

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