Monday, March 04, 2013

Aaron Rosand
"...Plays the Music of Pablo de sarasate" (Vinyl)

Mr. Rosand, having now celebrated his 85th birthday, is best known today for a revival of interest in romantic music for the violin.   Remarkably, that's a distinction that was over 40 years ago.

American violinist Aaron Rosand has not been remembered amongst the great European names in concert halls.  Perhaps it is because he's American that his talent was not recognized.  As it is, the playing on this record is fantastic and beautifully captured.

Rosand played the 1741 "ex-Kochanski" Guarneri 'del Gesu' for decades (auctioning it in 2009) and you can hear the quality of the instrument coming through decades later through this record.

Sarasate's music is most often (today) the technical showpiece for a young talent eager to impress.  This recording might be the first time I've heard this music played in a way that truly impresses as much with the music as it does the technical pyrotechnic.

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