The programme includes:
Sergei Prokofiev. Violin Sonata No. 2
Maurice Ravel. Tzigane, Rhapsody for violin and piano
Camille Saint-Saëns. Introduction and Rondo-capriccioso
Soloist – Pavel Milyukov
Piano – Igor Poltavtsev
Trio in a minor for piano, violin and cello, In memory of a Great Artist
Mikhail Rikhter (violin),
Oleg Sendetsky (cello),
Sergei Uryvaev (piano)
30 September 2008 marked the centenary of the birth of David Oistrakh, the great violinist and teacher, whose career was a symbol of a whole era in the modern art of performance. A musician with a colossal international reputation, David Oistrakh appeared with the world's leading orchestras and with such musicians as Sviatoslav Richter, Lev Oborin, Sviatoslav Knushevitsky and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Oistrakh's style of playing is best characterised by the epithet "grandiose". He played the most virtuoso passages with an ease accessible only to a select few, while the hypnotic power of his interpretations evoked comparisons with the greatest violinists of the past. "King David" (as Oistrakh was dubbed by European music critics) also possessed a powerful musical intellect. Therefore his recordings, made long before the arrival of the cult of authentic performance, are still striking for their particular empathy with the idea of the composer and with his time.
Reflecting on Oistrakh's performing skill, one of his pupils, the violinist Igor Frolov, said: "The interesting thing is that Oistrakh could play any violin - whether it was made by one of the great masters or by an ordinary factory was of no importance; in his hands any instrument sounded absolutely extraordinary, divine. That was a physical characteristic of his. Oistrakh achieved incomparable perfection in violin playing, his range was all-embracing, and in this respect his importance as a musician has no equals in the world".
David Oistrakh had an enormous influence on the development of the Russian school of violin playing. During his years at the Moscow Conservatoire he taught a number of outstanding violinists, including Oleh Krysa, Viktor Pikaizen, Liana Issakadze, Valery Klimov and Gidon Kremer. In 2005 the Moscow State Conservatoire and the David Oistrakh Charitable Foundation instituted the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow. The Mariinsky Theatre's concert to mark the centenary of the great musician's birth will feature the young violinist Pavel Milyukov, a prizewinner in the Oistrakh Competition