This disc, in its vinyl form, was a favorite of mine during my obsession with virtuoso works for violin. Rosand is a captivating artist, with a beguiling tone that I never tire of hearing. He possesses technique in abundance, but in the heat of battle he will invariably maintain his composure, preferring elegance to the excitement of overextending one's technique (viz. Ruggiero Ricci).
I recently heard a radio broadcast of Elmar Oliveira's new CD of the Joachim "Hungarian." He plays the original version which runs more than forty minutes (Rosand makes some well-chosen cuts). The sound, especially the solo miking, is in-your-face digital. Oliveira plays with élan, of course, and a big Strad sound, but without the nuances of tone that make Rosand so special. Nevertheless, he's worth looking into.
Vox has done a fine job with the CD mastering. The extensive liner notes, though there is no byline, should be credited to Richard Freed; they're quite good. And the word from the Vox media department is that they will be releasing another peerless Rosand specialty, the Ernst F Sharp minor concerto, in early 1992. For less than five dollars, this is a bargain fix for the listener craving ricochet double stops.
Copyright © 1998, Robert J. Sullivan