Violin Concerto No.2. C sharp Minor.
Completed on May 18, 1967
4. Allegro (without a break between the parts)
Dedication: “To David Fyodorovich Oistrakh”.
Premiere: October 26, 1967. Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. State Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonia. Conductor K.Kondrashin. Soloist D. Oistrakh.
Premiere abroad: November 19, 1967 in London. Conductor. E. Ormandy. Soloist D. Oistrakh.
January 11, 1968. New York. Conductor L. Bernstein. Soloist D. Oistrakh.
First Edition: Score, “Sovietskii kompozitor” Publishers, Moscow, 1970.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“Shostakovich had the idea of making me a gift and writing a new, second concerto to coincide with my sixtieth birthday. He was a year out though. The concerto was ready by my fifty-ninth birthday.”
(“D. Oistrakh. A Great Artist of Our Times” in the book: “D. Shostakovich. Articles and Other Materials”, Moscow, 1976)