Max Rostal;  Colin Horsley      (Testament SBT 1319)
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Max Rostal;  Colin Horsley      (Testament SBT 1319)
S0045. MAX ROSTAL, w.Colin Horsley (Pf.): Violin Sonata (Walton); Violin Sonata #2 (Delius); Violin Sonata in e (Elgar). (Austria) Testament SBT 1319, recorded 1954. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 749677131920


"Violinist Max Rostal was the successor to his master Carl Flesch, as a teacher and a solid, serious soloist. Rostal won the Mendelssohn Prize in 1925, led the Oslo Philharmonic, became Flesch's assistant in 1928 and three years later succeeded Josef Wolfsthal as professor on the latter's demise. The three sonatas heard here find Rostal imbued with evangelistic zeal for the music of his adopted country."

“Max Rostal (7 July 1905 – 6 August 1991) was a violinist and a viola player. He was Austrian-born, but later took British[citation needed] citizenship. He was born in Cieszyn and studied with Carl Flesch. He won the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1925. From 1930-33 he taught at the Berlin Hochschule, from 1944 to 1958 at the Guildhall School of Music, and then at the Musikhochschule Köln (1957–82) and the Conservatory in Bern (1957–85). Rostal played a wide variety of music, but was a particular champion of contemporary works such as Béla Bartók's Violin Concerto #2. He made a number of recordings. He premiered Alan Bush's Violin Concerto of 1946-8 in 1949, was the dedicatée of Benjamin Frankel's first solo violin sonata (1942), and he also made the premiere recording. He played in a piano trio with Heinz Schröter (piano) and Gaspar Cassadó (cello), who was replaced in 1967 by Siegfried Palm.”

- H. P. Casavant