The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
The highly acclaimed Russian violinist, David Oistrakh, was born in Odessa on 30 September 1908. His Moscow début was in 1933 but not until the mid fifties was he heard in Western Europe and America. Shostakovich dedicated both his violin concertos to Oistrakh, who gave the débuts and many further performances. Oistrakh died in Amsterdam on 24 October 1974.
Classical music news. Obituary - Igor Oistrakh (1931-2021)
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