Sunday, July 29, 2012

Menuhin & Oistrakh: Bach Double Violin Concerto

Yehudi Menuhin & David Oistrakh play from the first movement of J.S. Bach's Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043, "Vivace." Theirs was a friendship born of music, despite the politics of the Cold War. As one site, puts it:
A friendship that withstood the iron curtain was born in 1945 between the American from New York and the Russian from Odessa. That year, Menuhin was invited by the Soviet government and flew to Moscow. Upon his arrival, Oistrakh was there to greet him. “From that day on", recalls Menuhin, "and until his death in 1974, we never stopped playing together”
 You can find more information on the performance here.