Leonard Rose: Milestones of a Cello Legend | Documents 600510

Leonard Rose: Milestones of a Cello Legend


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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600510

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 24th May 2019



Leonard Rose was an immensely significant and formative figure among cellists in the 20th century. He made music history as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher alike.

Born to Russian-Jewish immigrants in the US, he started a major international career in the 1950s and went on to become the most important American cellist of his time. Equally outstanding was his work as an educator, namely at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Erich Leinsdorf, chief conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, briefly called the “cello” section of his orchestra “Rose Section”, as seven of its members had been Rose’s students. Yo-Yo-Ma also decided that none other than Rose would qualify as his teacher.

This box and its 10 original albums from the years 1945 to 1961 plus numerous bonus tracks is honouring a great musical personality. Rose is accompanied here by such greats as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Bruno Walter, Fritz Reiner, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Isaac Stern, Bidu Sayao and Gladys Swartout.

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