From Russia with Strings

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Vintage Violins, our September series devoted to the great violinists of the past, kicks off with three legendary performers from the Russian school: David Oistrakh (1908-1974), Leonid Kogan (1924-1982) and Nathan Milstein (1904-1992). They bring their trademark Russian expressivity to works by Tartini, Tchaikovsky and Schumann.

Video: Watch David Oistrakh play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: 1st Movement (Part 1)

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Comments [4]

Michael Meltzer

The radio ad by David Garland for this series offers the music of "great violinists of the past such as Heifetz, Kreisler and Menuhin."
If they were all alive today, they would all be beloved still, but Heifitz and Kreisler would sound like "violinists of the past." Menuhin, on the other hand, was ahead of his time, and would sound as modern as Christian Tetzlaff or Gidon Kremer. We shouldn't have to wait for special archive programming, and only for a mere sampling.
Menuhin leaves us a great recorded legacy, very much up to date, and it belongs factored into your programming of the daily fare.

Sep. 13 2010 10:50 AM

It is no longer legal for WQXR to provide play lists prior to performances. The best than they can do is on the air say something like "In the next hour we will hear Bartok's two early string quartets..." They can not then give the time, or the artists. they might also give just an artist, eg Hilary Hahn, the hour, but not the piece.

Sep. 08 2010 08:29 AM
dana from ny

definitely we need a playlist for upcoming pieces to be played, as previous commenter says. I planned my walks and certain activities around your playlists when you had them for entire day. Why did you stop this when you went to wnyc? Why can't you start this again? Please answer!

Sep. 07 2010 04:38 PM
Michael Yannai from Hackensack, NJ

What is the point of putting together such a fine program and the building such a fine website for it, if you do not tell the listener what is on the program?

Same thing with your playlists. There used to be a time when I could bring up the playlist and see what is coming up later in the day, or the next day, and plan my listening. Now the playlists only run up to the present time. What is coming up in an hour or in 4 hours? It's a secret.

What you call "a schedule" is not a schedule. When you go to the train station and ask for a schedule you do not expect to see a list of the trains that have already left. How about putting a real schedule on your website?

Sep. 07 2010 03:52 PM

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