Included in the discography of Mark Lubotsky (who was born in Leningrad on 18 May 1931), a pupil of David Oistrakh, is his Decca recording of Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto conducted by the composer.
Sad news: Mark Lubotsky has died at the age of 89.
Mar 14, 2021 | News | 2 comments
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I have always wondered how and why he was chosen to record the Britten Concerto. He was a new name to me then and remained in the shadows thereafter. He clearly deserves much more exposure and I hope for some memorial reissues to reassess his prowess. Britten had a reason for his selection and I would really like to know the background . Perhaps a recommendation from his friends in Russia. If my memory is right it was issued with the Piano Concerto with Richter.
Lubotsky sent Britten his Russian recording of the Concerto, with the Moscow Philharmonic under Kondrashin, hoping for approbation, and got more than he bargained for! It got him started in the west.