Leonard Rose Live in Recital, 1953-1960

Leonard Rose Live in Recital, 1953-1960

by Leonard Rose


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Leonard Rose Live in Recital, 1953-1960

Cellist Leonard Rose was an artist who touched upon virtually every facet of the music industry with almost universal success. Early in his career he led the cello sections of many of the nation's finest orchestras, including NBC under Toscanini, and the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under Rodzinski. These early achievements were followed by fame as a soloist, sought-after chamber music collaborator, recitalist, and teacher to some of today's greatest cellists. This two disc-set gives listeners a glimpse at one of these facets, that of recitalist. While many of Rose's concerto performances are generally accessible, recital performances are hard to come by, so to have two complete discs of such performances is truly a treasure. As in his concerto playing, Rose's playing is clean and unassuming, muscular, and, save for one exception, musically insightful and fulfilling. The exception on this set is in the excerpts from the Bach C major solo suite, which is performed with uncharacteristic brutality and recklessness. Fortunately, this represents only a small fraction of the total. The remainder of the program features many of the most prominent sonatas for the cello, including Franck, Martinu, Barber, Debussy, Chopin...the list goes on. The only possible downside to these otherwise splendid performances is the pianists with whom Rose plays. Rose outplays them all many times over, and in the cases of some of the more difficult sonatas (notably Franck and Chopin), the pianists simply aren't up to the challenge of the music in front of them.

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Release Date: 12/11/2007
Label: Video Artists Int'l
UPC: 0089948126126
catalogNumber: 1261


  1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36): Adagio
  2. Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46
  3. Sonata for cello & piano in A major (arr. from "Sonata for violin & piano")
  4. Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
  5. Sonata for violin & viola in C major, H. 6/6: 3. Tempo di Minuetto
  6. Nocturne for piano No. 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
  7. Work(s): Allegro
  8. Le petit âne blanc, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  9. The Little Shepherd, for piano (Children's Corner No. 5), L. 113/5
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 1. Prelude
  11. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 2. Allemande
  12. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 3. Courante
  13. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 4. Sarabande
  14. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 5. Bourées 1 & 2
  15. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2, H. 286
  16. Cello Sonata, for cello & piano, Op. 6
  17. Sonata for cello & piano, L. 135
  18. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: 3. Adagio cantabile; Allegro vivace
  19. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 65, CT. 204: 3. Largo

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