DGG 2-LPs 2726 002: BACH Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, 1960s
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Background on this item -
David Fyodorovich Oistrakh (or Oistrach), September 30 [O.S. September 17] 1908 – October 24, 1974, was a Soviet violinist. Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, and the United States, and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works, including both of Dmitri Shostakovich's violin concerti, and the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian. He is considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century.

He was born in the cosmopolitan city of Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) into a Jewish family of merchants of the second guild. His father was David Kolker and his mother was Isabella Beyle (née Stepanovsky), who later on married Fishl Oistrakh. At the age of five, young Oistrakh began his studies of violin and viola as a pupil of Pyotr Stolyarsky. He would eventually come to predominately perform on violin.

In 1914, at the age of six, Oistrakh performed his debut concert, and later entered the Odessa Conservatory in 1923, where he studied until his graduation in 1926. In the Conservatory he also studied harmony with composer Mykola Vilinsky. His 1926 graduation concert consisted of Bach's Chaconne, Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonata, Rubinstein's Viola Sonata, and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major. In 1927, Oistrakh appeared as soloist playing the Glazunov Violin Concerto under the composer's own baton in Kiev, Ukraine—a concert which earned him an invitation to play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Leningrad with the Philharmonic Orchestra under Nikolai Malko the following year.

Oistrakh achieved renown by receiving many awards and distinctions. Within the Soviet Union, David Oistrakh was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1943, the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1953, and the Lenin Prize in 1960. He also won the 1935 Soviet Union Competition. Several reputable works from the standard violin repertoire are dedicated to Oistrakh.

Oistrakh's fame and success were not only limited to the Soviet Union: he placed second at the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Warsaw during the same year, only being bested by 16-year-old prodigy Ginette Neveu, and further improved upon that by winning the grand prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Additionally, the asteroid 42516 Oistrach is named in honor of him and his son, the violinist Igor Oistrakh.

DGG (Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft) Records 2-LP set - YELLOW record labels with RED and BLUE lettering - (see pictures)
Records Made in: GERMANY
Pressings are in STEREO - from the early 1960’s - the set comes in a large, gate-fold jacket with information printed on the inside of the jacket
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Records Made in: circa 1960’s - appears that the recordings are from 1965 and 1967
Record Catalog Number: 2726 002 (2539 055 and 2539 056 on the individual LPs)

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP title featuring the music of -

J. S. BACH

Performed by -
David Oistrach, violin
Hans Pischner, harpsichord

Title / Music on this item / Track Listings -
Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord -
1. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014
2. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019
3. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
4. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1018
5. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015
6. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016

CONDITION Details:
LP JACKET:
The gate-fold jacket is in Near Mint minus condition.
The jacket is completely intact with NO seam splits! The  jacket shows some light shelf wear, primarily slight weakening and wear at the corners and seams, with a slight bump on the bottom seam. Have a close look at the pictures and you will better see the outstanding condition of this jacket.
The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There is NO hand writing on the front, inside or the back of the jacket - recording information is printed on the inside of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LPs are in near MINT minus condition!! - A finer copy of this vintage LP set would be very difficult to find.
The LPs retain much of the original gloss and sheen!
The records have NO serious marks on them, obviously well taken care of.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them.
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP does have some light marks (spider marks mostly) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems (this depends on the sensitivity of your arm/cartridge/table).
As for any record, even brand new ones, for best results we recommend a thorough record cleaning before playing!

Please understand that this is a vintage record set - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DGG 2LPs 2726 002 NM
  • Manufacturer: DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records
  • Condition: Used

DGG 2-LPs 2726 002: BACH Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, 1960s

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