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|Aaron Rosand Live at Mills College |
Actors: Aaron Rosand, Robert Koenig
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
"A Recital Program Typical of the Golden Era" Internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Aaron Rosand in his first DVD - a recital program in the style of virtuoso violinists of the Golden Era - with piano accompanist ... more »
A Historic Recital
teva_man | United States | 08/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're an Aaron Rosand fan, you already own this DVD. If you don't, definitely get a copy of it. This is a remarkable and historic recital. What makes it remarkable is the fact that Rosand is still sounding splendid well into his 70's. Most violinists have trouble sounding good at that age and beyond. Rosand shows virtually no signs of fatigue. He was probably the greatest unsung hero of the 20th century violinistic world. He never signed on to major record labels, but produced some of the finest recordings of the standard violin repertoire - and he recorded a lot of non-standard repertoire as well. He has never been a musical risk-taker nor does he specialize in violinistic pyrotechnics. Instead, he gets inside of the music and makes the most out of every phrase. His interpretations aren't always as spontaneous as one might bargain for, although they are not "carefully mapped out" in the way that Szeryng's were. His signature large and robust tone captures the audience at all times. I remember seeing his other filmed recital "An Evening at Bel Eden", which has yet to be released on DVD. The agility of his bow arm, intonation,
and the crispness of attacks are no lesser now than they were over 20 years ago.
There are many pleasing moments throughout, but the best come with the Franck Sonata. Every phrase is perfectly-shaped, with solid support from Robert Koenig at the piano. The much-played LeClair sonata in D, opening the recital, is also great. A number of encore items including Brahms' Hungarian Dance #2, Moussorgsky/Rachmaninoff's "Hopak", and the Chopin/Milstein "Nocturne in C# minor" form the bulk of the recital. Koenig's accompaniment is usually superb, with only a few minor ensemble problems. Rosand is not quite at his best in the Adagio and Fugue from the Bach G minor sonata, but this does not cast any shadow on an otherwise splendid program.
The only real drawback of this DVD lies in its presentation. While the photography and sound are great, it was edited to be chopped up into chapters, with most of the applause edited out. I'm sure Rosand must've made some comments at the beginning or ending of the recital; we don't hear more than a few words from him (although there's a microphone placed onstage). Still, for those of us Rosandophiles, this DVD is reason enough to rejoice.
A Most Pleasant Surprise
BLee | HK | 09/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
Aaron's name would sure ring a bell to most music lovers, but to my shame, this is the first time I listen to him.( Does he concertize much?)
Anyway, it turned out to be a great pleasure listening to him. He is definitely the most impressing American violinist. To a certain extent, he does remind one of Szeryng, if not Zimbalist his own violin teacher. Perhaps one shouldn't use the word "American", for there is nothing in his playing that links with or suggests to us about America. Instead, he is solidly a world class master violinist of the top rank.
The sound and sight of this DVD is most excellent and even better than "Perlman in Russia". What is more, there isn't any suggestion of virtuosity for virtuosity's sake at all. But I'm not sure if the support given by Aaron's accompanist, as recorded, is enough. That perhaps has more to do with the recording engineer than the accompanist himself-- something that only those who had actually attended the recital could tell."
T. Oh | New York, NY United States | 07/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great DVD for any violin enthusiast. Although Aaron Rosand never achieved the celebrity enjoyed by his peers, such as Heifetz and Milstein, his place among them is cemented by his command of the violin and its repertoire. Aaron Rosand is a violinist's violinist.
The both the video quality and audio quality are excellent. Aaron Rosand's playing is still remarkable, even at age 76, which is when he made this recording!"