Civil Awards and Decorations

Clockwise from top: David Oistrakh with Mao Yukuan; a postcard from Oistrakh to Mao; rehearsing with Li Delun and the Central Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO); playing with the CPO; Oistrakh at the Winter Palace.

Playing for little brother

As Sputnik 1 blasted into orbit, Soviet violinist David Oistrakh stepped off a plane in Beijing. His now reissued music would have a lasting impact in China, finds Oliver Chou.