Saturday, November 19, 2011

David Oistrakh, violinist/Claude Debussy - "Clair de lune"

Saw this clip from the "Classic Arts Showcase" program which features rare and otherwise unavailable short films of great past performances like this one, shown on Public Broadcasting stations:


"David Oistrakh plays, beautifuly, Claire de lune. Recorded in Paris, 1962, with Frida Bauer in piano.

From Wikipedia: David Oistrakh (1908-1974) collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, and the United States, and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works, including both of Dmitri Shostakovich's violin concerti, and the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian. He is considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century."
For whoever is wondering, you may have heard this music on:

Frankie and Johnny
The Game
Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Thirteen
Seven Years in Tibet
... and many other movies"


  1. Beautiful performance of Clare de Lune here Doug, so filled with feeling, the violin an extension of the emotional life of the artist and the composer and a machine upon which the maestro writes the language of the soul. Bravo!

  2. Wonderfully put, AA. Glad I could share this with friends.

  3. Beautiful. Love this. Thanks.

    And, as you suggested Doug, this will always recall this scene to my mind...

  4. Thanks Ian. And thank for reminding me of this scene, Ian--haven't seen it in twenty years. It really is a small classic.

  5. Thanks Ian as this was one of my favorite of all time movies - I kid you not! Doug this is and was a tremendous movie when Pacino and Michelle came together. I still love this movie to this very day.

  6. Yes, I have to give credit to Ian in showing how much this music can add to a wonderful film.

  7. Yeah he did and I would have never know it and a tremendous film Doug.

  8. Well, this "LaClaire" is just vain enough to sit and listen to a namesake song. lol