Wednesday, December 12, 2012

farewell charles rosen

Dead is Charles Rosen, a giant of classical music. To tell you truth I had no idea he was still alive, but his vinyl box set of Bach's late keyboard works is one of my favorite piano recordings of all time. I don't know if you can find it on CD, but here are a few excerpts on youtube (including a nice picture of him with Elliot Carter). He also wrote a tome on Beethoven. Hayden and Mozart, which I've never gotten around to but which is supposed to be a big time classic and some claim that he single handedly changed Beethoven interpretation in the 20th Century. At any rate, rest in peace.