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Violin Romances / Aaron Rosand

Rosand / Sung / Covelli
Release Date: 05/17/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Max BruchFritz KreislerJean SibeliusAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Performer:  Aaron RosandHugh SungJohn Covelli
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stylish and assured music-making.

Aaron Rosand’s single CD selections of Violin Romances and Heifetz Transcriptions have here been conjoined into a handy twofer that sails majorly under the former’s name. They were recorded in 1993 and 1990 respectively, the Romance disc with pianist Hugh Sung and the Heifetz album with the collaboration of John Covelli. They evince nothing less than stylish and assured music-making.
 
One might be forgiven for thinking that a whole disc of Violin Romances might end in tears, or at least contain the generic impedimenta of the travelling virtuoso. It is true that so many Romances – they’re literally all Romances by the way – can lead to a desire for
Read more some finger-busting fireworks from time to time, but fortunately there is enough variation in chronology, mood and texture to keep ennui at bay – at least for most of the time. Here it helps to have a guide such as Rosand. He’s always been a ferreter-out of interesting corners of the repertoire, and he manages to find a few morsels that may be new to some hearers – the Janá?ek Romance for example, and the warmly textured Kreisler Op.4. Rosand increases vibrato width and urgency for Dvorák’s Romance, probably better known in its guise for violin and orchestra. Naturally the canonic nineteenth century works are here – Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps and Liszt prominently among them – but he also investigates Clara Schumann’s three Op.22 Romances of which the last is the most ardent and sweeping. He reveals his cherished Nordic affinities via Nielsen and Sibelius, and fortunately plays with great charm that old favourite by Johann Svendsen.
 
Greater variety comes, necessarily, with the second disc, which charts Jascha Heifetz’s transcriptions. They range from Porgy and Bess to Ravel, via Ponce, Rachmaninoff, Stephen Foster, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and many others. It’s impossible to replicate Heifetz’s approach; indeed imitation would be impossible. Rosand has a much slower vibrato than Heifetz and doesn’t seek to replicate those luscious ‘Heifetz slides’ but he is a super-subtle stylist and brings a rich array of expressive warmth, and virtuosic panache, to all these works. He sways delightfully in Alt Wien, digs into Dinicu’s Hora staccato, and relaxes for Beau Soir with its rich shades of coloration. Yet, though he adopts a patrician approach, he shares the Gershwin ethos with the transcriber, relishing in particular, it seems, A Woman is a Sometime Thing. In this disc his vibrato is ripest and widest in My Man’s Gone Now and at its varied and most bewitching in Bess, You is My Woman Now with its perfectly judged double stops. Programming ensures that the dashing Sabre Dance is followed by a wistful Rachmaninoff song transcription. Heifetz’s transcription of Medtner’s Op.20 No.1 is a real beauty, and beautifully played, rich in soaring lyricism.
 
Fortunately Rosand’s pianist colleagues are highly capable, and ensemble is solid. The recordings are also first class. If you enjoy the repertoire and missed these discs first time around, here’s another chance to acquire stylish, elegant, and cultivated performances.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 42 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Romanze, Op. 4 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (4) for Violin/Cello and Piano, Op. 78: no 2, Romance by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915-1919; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Romance for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 11/B 38 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1877; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Romance oubliée for Violin/Viola/Cello and Piano, S 132 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Romance for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 9 by Christian Sinding
Performer:  Hugh Sung (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Feuille d'album (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 40: no 1, Romance by Henri Vieuxtemps
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Romance sans paroles et Rondo élégant, Op. 9: Romance by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Hugh Sung (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Romances (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Hugh Sung (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 26 by Johan Svendsen
Performer:  Hugh Sung (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Romance for Violin and Piano in A major by Karl Goldmark
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1913 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Romance for Violin and Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), Hugh Sung (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1879; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D minor, Op. 22: 2nd movement, Romance by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Hugh Sung (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
Fantasy Pieces (2) for Oboe and Piano, FS 8/Op. 2: no 1, Romance by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Hugh Sung (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
15.
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
16.
Porgy and Bess: A woman is a sometime thing by George Gershwin
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
18.
Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so by George Gershwin
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
19.
Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
20.
Porgy and Bess: There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York by George Gershwin
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
21.
Jeannie with the light brown hair by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
22.
Valses nobles et sentimentales: no 1, Modéré by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
23.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
24.
La oración del torero, Op. 34 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
25.
Tango by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
26.
Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
27.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
28.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
29.
Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
30.
Contemplation by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
31.
Triakontameron: no 11, Alt Wien by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
32.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
33.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 9, Melody by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
34.
Fairy Tales (2), Op. 20: no 1 in B flat minor by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
35.
Petite Suite for Piano: no 6, Sérénade by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
36.
Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a: March by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1924; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
37.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  John Covelli (Piano), Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
38.
Prelude no 15 "Ao pé da fogueira" by Flausino R. do Vale
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin), John Covelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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