S0104. ARNOLD ROSE: Sonata in g - Adagio; Air on the G String; w. ALMA ROSE: Double Concerto in d (all Bach); ROSE STRING QUARTET: Quartets, Op.18, #4; Op.74; Op.131(all Beethoven). (England) 2-Biddulph LAB 056/57, recorded 1927-28. Transfers by by Charles Levin. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
"on 'Arnold Rosé and the Rosé String Quartet' (LAB 056-57, two CDs), Rosé is heard playing the Bach Adagio, as well as the Concerto for Two Violins (with his daughter Alma) and (most importantly) leading Beethoven's Quartets Nos. 4, 10 and 14. Playing mano-a-mano, Rosé emerges as a skilled, thoughtful musical craftsman with a sense of period style unusually well-developed for that era.... The Rosé Quartet was formed in 1883, and even in its 1927 recordings it still retains a strong flavor of the old Viennese style....its homogeneity of style, purity of intonation and intimate sense of dialogue are noteworthy. The style of string-playing, with gut strings, minimal vibrato and lots of portamento, will intrigue players interested in historic performances."
- Joseph McLellan, THE WASHINGTON POST, 15 March, 1992