S0701. LEONARD ROSE, w.Eugene Istomin, Nadia Reisenberg, Louis de Froment & Charles Dutoit. (Canada) 2-Doremi 8038/39, recorded 1961-73, Paris, Luxembourg, Stratford Summer Festival & WQXR - New York. - 061297803897
“Leonard Rose was best known for his fresh, full-bodied and expressive interpretations of the standard cello repertory - particularly music of the Romantic era. However, he did not limit himself to 19th-century material and made a fascinating recording of Bach's viola da gamba sonatas with the pianist Glenn Gould in the early 1970's. Mr. Rose also excelled in contemporary material: Bloch's ‘Schelomo’ was one of his specialties, and he commissioned - and later recorded - a cello concerto entitled ‘A Song of Orpheus’ from the composer William Schuman.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Rose was one of the most important cello teachers of his time. He taught at the Juilliard School of Music from 1947 until his death (1984), and at the Curtis Institute from 1952 until 1962. At one point, four of the cellists in the Philadelphia Orchestra, five in the New York Philharmonic, six in the Cleveland Orchestra and seven in the Boston Symphony Orchestra had been protégés of Mr. Rose. Erich Leinsdorf used to refer to the Boston cellists as the ‘Rose section’. Other pupils included Lynn Harrell and Yo-Yo Ma.
After one season, he left New York to become the principal cellist in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1939 to 1943. He then joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as principal cellist from 1943 until 1951, making his concerto début at Carnegie Hall in 1944. By 1949, Mr. Rose had been the soloist with the Philharmonic 18 times, playing works by Schumann, Dvorák and Lalo, among others. He made his last appearance with the Philharmonic at the 1951 Edinburgh festival, and then left to pursue a successful solo career.
During the 1950's, Mr. Rose began to play regularly with Mr. Stern and Mr. Istomin, initially only for personal enjoyment. In 1961, they decided to form a professional chamber-music trio. In the succeeding decade, the Rose-Stern- Istomin trio made many recordings and gave concerts throughout the world, touring together for a part of every year. In 1970 - the Beethoven bicentennial year - the trio gave 50 concerts of the composer's music in the United States, Brazil, England, Ireland, Switzerland, France and Israel."
- Tim Page - THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 Nov., 1984
“Cellist Leonard Rose was an artist who touched upon virtually every facet of the music industry with almost universal success. Early in his career he led the cello sections of many of the nation's finest orchestras, including NBC under Toscanini, and the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under Rodzinski. These early achievements were followed by fame as a soloist, sought-after chamber music collaborator, recitalist, and teacher to some of today's greatest cellists. This two disc-set gives listeners a glimpse at one of these facets, that of recitalist. While many of Rose's concerto performances are generally accessible, recital performances are hard to come by, so to have two complete discs of such performances is truly a treasure. As in his concerto playing, Rose's playing is clean and unassuming, muscular….the program features many of the most prominent sonatas for the cello, including Franck, Martinu, Barber, Debussy, Chopin...the list goes on.”
- Mike D. Brownell, ROVI