Released to commemorate the life of the great violinist Isaac Stern, who died in September 2001, this attractively packaged double disc set, specially priced, offers a small trove of previously unreleased material as well as a tasty highlight reissued from Stern's recording catalogue. Ever a musician's musician, Stern is complemented here by a number of leading instrumentalists: pianists Yefim Bronfman and Eugene Istomin, cellists Leonard Rose and Yo-Yo Ma, violists Michael Tree and Jaime Laredo, and violinist Cho-Liang Lin. The first disc is Stern and Bronfman's alone, presenting a set of Mozart violin sonatas (K. 301, 306, 378, and 379). The pair released three other volumes of Mozart sonatas while Stern was still alive, and this fourth, recorded in 1992 and '93, completes the series, making it an indispensable issue for Stern collectors. The second disc begins with Schubert's magnificent B-flat Major Piano Trio -- in a classic 1965 recording by the Stern-Rose-Istomin trio -- and continues with a 1993 performance of Brahms's impassioned G Major String Quintet, with Lin, Tree, Laredo, and Ma joining Stern. The final track is more appetizer than encore: It's the Sarabande and Double from Bach's B Minor Partita for unaccompanied violin. Recorded in 1985, it was part of a planned set of the complete Bach unaccompanied sonatas and partitas, of which only this first Partita was finished. Stern rarely performed these masterpieces of the violin repertoire, and it's a shame the full Partita isn't included here, but time constraints obviously wouldn't allow (this second disc is nearly 73 minutes long, the first over 77). Still, there's a tremendous amount to savor here, and Stern's singing style and transparent phrasing are plain in every measure. His loss was keenly felt by the musical world, but thankfully, his legacy survives on his many superb recordings -- present company included.