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Listen live to the Oistrakh competition!

October 7, 2010 at 3:01 AM

Hi, a member of an Oistrakh net group posted a wonderful link

where one can listen to the 2010 Oistrakh competition! 

And... Baranov straight from Indianopolis is playing.  Did he learn from Indianopolis? I can't tell but...his 2nd round was bullet solid.  He's chosen as a finalist. Backed up by a super mega resonating hall.  I don't know of what is made their halls but I always remember the Oistrakh competition as one where the accoustics are very resonant (where all the players seem to play twice their sound!)  Also, I noticed that a higher proportion of the participants are from russia and eastern countries than in some other competitions dominated by asians (even competitions out of asia). Thus, perhaps a great occasion to discover young talents of these countries!

My prediction (but it's just my amateur's predictions to take with a grain of salt)? (and I admit I didn't had time to listen to all... )  Probably Baranov since he has much competition experience and arrived already "warmed up" or "in the mood"  by the Indianopolis. + he's home...

But we'll see...

Have a nice day,


From Grig Cuciuc
Posted on October 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM

 vladislava luchenko might win,  after 2nd place at Varga, plus i prefer her Tchaikovski to Baranov's.

From arthur grumiaux
Posted on October 8, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Missed Baranov's Tchaikovsky and caught latter half of Luchenko's. She played wonderfully. Hope Baranov did better this time around. Some many high caliber violin competitions this year.  We had Sendai, Montreal, Indiana,  Paganini Genoa,  Kreisler,  now Oistrakh. More under way: Long Thibaud, Paganini Moscow, and Sibelius. Baranov is in Sibelius also. He definitely has the stamina.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Thanks, I'll go listen to this!!! Is this the Poland girl?  Yes she's very talented!


From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Oh sorry, it' Ukraine...  I'm listening to the Tchaikovsky now... 

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 8, 2010 at 8:43 PM

The Prokoviev is really not my favorite concerto but if I detached myself from this fact (which has nothing to do with the player) I find it was very well played! Bravo to her too!!!


From arthur grumiaux
Posted on October 9, 2010 at 1:25 AM

 Listened to Baranov's Tchaikovsky at Oistrakh. It is much better than he did in Indiana. But it is still too rugged for my taste.  

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 9, 2010 at 2:02 AM

I agree it is better (more poetic) but who am I to judge about this...  Nevertheless, I can call it my naive impression or intuition...  Amazing that Arthur Grumiaux posted something on my thread ; )  You surely know that you have the same name as a very famous violinist... Forgive me if I am the 1000 person to tell this! 

I am anxious to see the rest of the 3rd round tomorrow! 


From Grig Cuciuc
Posted on October 9, 2010 at 8:43 AM

 i agree with Arthur:) baranov's tchai was too dry and rugged, and i just dont like his way of connecting the sound. tonight should be an interesting final round. one paganini and 2 tchaikovskys. students of Grach, Kushnir and Zhislin.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 9, 2010 at 6:05 PM

The last streams of third round are there but I can't open any streams at all today... so frustrating!  At least, I hope I'll know who will be the winners... 

Happy that they put them so fast though!

But I saw something rather odd in the awards of category B


I   prize - not awarded 
II  prize - not awarded
III prize - Ryosuke Suho (Japan) 


Elena Tarosyan (Russia)
Eugeniya Lubyantzeva (Russia)
Nikolai Tsinman (Russia) 


How can they not award these hardworking students who played???  Isn't this mean to not award some students the first and second prize?  I though 1 st price was the best of the available contestants in a given category no matter what.  Does this mean they are still debating to choose who will be first and second or that they don't think any of them deserve these prizes (which is not very kind  for these hard working students if it's this)???  Seems to me that the Oistrakh competition is suppose to promote and help young talent...

From arthur grumiaux
Posted on October 10, 2010 at 1:30 AM

HI Anne-Marrie.  My father is a Arthur Grumiaux's greatest fan and so named me Arthur. I had a colleague whose father named him Pavel Kogan (Leonid's vioinist and conductor son). Funny isn't it.

Yeah, no first award given to Category C either for the Oistrakh competition.  But a lot of promising violinists there for sure.  Andrey Baranov are in the list of the Paganini Moscow this month and Sibelius next month. More wonderful violin playing to come. Sibelius will be streamed on web. Not sure if the Long Thibaud and Paganini Moscow will be streamed on web.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 10, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Hi, yes what an interesting coincidence for you and your friend!  Must have been very cool in music schools at recitals...

I agree very much with Mrs Elena (don't remember the family name...)  beeing the most awarded. Although Prokofiev is not my favorite concerto, she played it so well.  I heard something very sincere and relaxed in her tone. Wonderful phrasing, dynamics and relaxed vibratos.  Perfect style for the "Oistrakh" competition.  Perhaps she was the one who sounded the most similar to him ; )  Loved her stage presence too. She looked 100% absorbed in her playing and not at all superficial.  Very humble. But she would have deserved 1st prize with such hard work, dedication and playing, no?

I didn't even know that they had the right to not give some awards...  Why is it so?  Does David Oistrakh would have wanted this?  Is it this promotion of young talent?  Perhaps it's just me that is ignorant about some "inner" games and rules of competitions... 

It's there decision of course but I find it very odd that it's not like in the Olympics games.? (i.e. that the best of them has 1st prize, the second best, 2nd and if two play as well  then ex-aequo on a medal) 


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