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Brahms / Joachim - Aaron Rosand
Brahms: Violin Sonatas,
Hungarian Dances; Joachim / Rosand

Among the world's outstanding violinists, Aaron Rosand has captivated audiences and critics throughout the world with his "immaculate technical achievement, beautiful multi-coloured tonal lustre, artful phrasing, stylistic elan and probing musical intellect" (Strad). A true violinist's violinist, Rosand carries on two traditions of playing, directly descending from renowned pupils of Eugene Ysa? and Leopold Auer. He studied with both Leon Sametini at the Chicago Musical College, and with Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The violin music of Brahms is perfectly suited to these two schools and this 2 disc set has the added bonus of an original work by Joseph Joachim, the arranger of the Hungarian Dances and long term collaborator of Brahms. The exquisite violin playing is more than ably complemented by the wonderful pianist Hugh Sung.
 
   
Bach - Walter Kraft
 
Bach: Complete Organ Works / Walter Kraft

Walter Kraft recorded Bach's voluminous works for the organ, on 20 historic instruments in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, most built during the composer's lifetime. This set was regarded as complete at the time although it leaves out all alternative version of the many chorale preludes. Released in a series of three-disc sets by VOX in one of the label's most ambitious undertakings, these recordings by a master player from the mid-century interpretive tradition made these pivotal works available to a wide audience at a bargain price. Now for the first time this complete set is available on CD in new digital re-masterings of the archival Vox tapes. - Twelve CDs from sonically restored analog masters - Over 14 hours of music, 196 works - 20 organs - Historical details of organs included
   
Mozart - Walter Klien
 
Complete Variations and other works for Solo Piano

While Mozart's sonatas are well known, his other solo piano works are significant, substantial, and far more sophisticated than the presupposition that they constityte a collection of lighter, elegant parlour pieces. They express a surprisingly wide and powerful spectrum of emotions, employ numerous forms and to listen to these works is a miniature but eloquent snapshot of Mozart's life and output. Simple elegance imbues all of them while some also show astounding audacity in chromatic harmonies and large scale counterpoint. Renowned Mozartian Walter Klien (1928-1991) established himself as an exponent second to none. His recordings of Mozart Sonatas and Concerti have been continuously available and in constant demand since they were made. These recordings are presented here on CD for the first time. Complete Variations including: Ah Vous dirai-je Maman (Twinkle twinkle little star) Miscellaneous works including: Fantasy in D minor K. 397 Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 Adagio in B minor K. 540 Rondo in D K. 485 Klaviersuite in C K. 399 Eine kleine Gigue in G K. 574 Capriccio in C K. 395 Various Fantasies, Fugues, Marches, Sonata movements, works for mechanical organ