Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104 & Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (Remastered) Leonard Rose

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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904): Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor, Op. 104 (Remastered):
  • 1I. Allegro14:56
  • 2II. Adagio ma non troppo11:38
  • 3III. Finale - Allegro moderato12:14
  • Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski (1840 - 1893): Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (Remastered):
  • 4Moderato quasi andante - Tema - Moderato semplice02:19
  • 5Variazione I - Tempo del tema00:50
  • 6Variazione II - Tempo del tema01:10
  • 7Variazione III - Andante sostenuto02:55
  • 8Variazione IV - Andante grazioso02:53
  • 9Variazione V - Allegro moderato02:15
  • 10Variazione VI - Andante02:09
  • 11Variazione VII e Coda - Allegro vivo02:13
  • Anonymous:
  • 12Leonard Rose on Dvorák's Cello Concerto (The Quarterly Sound Magazine of the Columbia Masterworks Subscription Service, Spring 1965)06:03
  • Total Runtime01:01:35

Info for Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104 & Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (Remastered)

Pure gold is how the New York Times once described the playing of Leonard Rose. To mark the centennial of the renowned American cellist s birth, Sony Classical is pleased to announce a comprehensive HighRes reissue of his concerto and solo chamber discography. Made for American Columbia over a quarter century from 1949 to 1974, the recordings include Rose s collaborations with three of America s finest orchestras those of New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland under their iconic conductors Dimitri Mitropoulos, Bruno Walter, George Szell, Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy.

Leonard Rose (1918-1984) was one of the very best American teachers and musicians of the twentieth century. Rose's parents came from Kiev, Russia; but Leonard was born on July 27 in Washington, D.C. His father was a cellist, and gave him his first lessons on the instrument. When he was ten he took lessons from Walter Grossman at the Miami Conservatory, and shortly after that studied with his cousin, Frank Miller, who was principal cellist with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in New York. When Rose was sixteen he began studying with Felix Salmond at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and two years later became Salmond's assistant.

In 1936, at the age of 18, Rose graduated from the Curtis Institute, and began playing in the cello section of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Toscanini. In 1939 he became principal cellist in the Cleveland Symphony, directed by Artur Rodzinski. When Rodzinski became chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1943, he took Leonard Rose with him to be principal cellist in New York. In 1946 he was offered a professorship at Julliard. 1n 1951, with the blessings of George Szell, Dimitri Mitropoulus and Bruno Walter, Rose decided to devote himself completely to teaching and concertizing as a soloist.

Rose's path led through many years of orchestra playing, before ending in a career as a soloist and recording artist, and he encouraged his students to follow in his footsteps. Lynn Harrell is one of Rose's students that followed that advice, and was himself principal cellist of the Cleveland Symphony for seven years, before become a touring soloist.

Lynn Harrell, Yo Yo Ma and Stephen Kates are but three of the fine cellists that were taught by Leonard Rose; and they all revered him as a wonderful teacher. Kates said that Rose had a wonderful ability to make his students perform at a higher level, and that one would exit a lesson with Rose "...feeling like a million dollars. He had a wonderful way to make you play better that was not methodology, but he gave you confidence. He made you feel good about yourself when you were doing it."

According to Yo Yo Ma, "One of the marks of a great teacher lies not only in an ability to impart knowledge but also in knowing when to encourage a student to go off on his own. I remember vividly the day after a New York recital I played when I was fifteen: -- I came to a lesson and Mr. Rose said to me, 'You played very well but I would like you to take the Fourth Sonata of Beethoven and figure it out for yourself.' The Beethoven Sonata was an unfamiliar piece and, being a late work, is written very densely. The twists and turns of the writing are a real challenge to the imagination. It took many years before I was able to make sense of it. But it was the beginning of my conscious search for independence and individuality. It takes a great teacher to grant that kind of permission and encouragement."

The many recordings of Leonard Rose are classics of the genre, and should heard by all student cellists. Rose played on a beautiful Amati cello dated 1662. Rose's tone was likened to a "ribbon of spun gold." Leonard Rose died in 1984 at the age of sixty-six.

Leonard Rose, cello

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