David Oistrakh: Artist of the People? (1994)

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Great Artists of the 20th Century is a series of filmed portraits of the lives and works of three musical giants of the century: Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. These three artists, along with Menuhin, Rostropovich, Casals and Callas, represent a truly golden era of great artists, not only remembered for their extraordinary live performances, but whose musicianship has also left to the world an unrivalled legacy of recordings.

David Oistrakh (1908-1974), nicknamed 'King David' by his countrymen, was among the greatest violinists of his day, and the most characteristic representative of the Russian school. This film tells the dramatic story of an inspired violinist and a man forced by the Soviet regime to conform to its iron rule, an artist torn between his devotion to Russia and his passion for the violin.

Oistrakh is remembered by his son Igor, as well as Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Mstislav Rostropovich, who sums up Oistrakh's view of life with the words, "Music was his only window to the sun".

Performance extracts include works by Debussy, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Brahms, Lalo, Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Ravel and Chopin.

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David Oistrakh
Igor Oistrakh
Yehudi Menuhin
Gidon Kremer
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Mstislav Rostropovich
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Bruno Monsaingeon
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding
Documentary 1994 76:05 (Case: 75) 576i (PAL) 2 3 4 5 6
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English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Titling, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
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