Among the world’s outstanding violinists, Rosand’s masterful playing has captivated audiences and critics throughout the world. “One of the great living exponents of Romantic violin music.” -NYTimes “Some of the greatest recordings of this century.” -Gramophone
Our documentary film Aaron Rosand, Live in Recital at Mills College forever captures a recital program to inaugurate a scholarship fund at the college in his name. It features Sonatas by LeClair and Franck; solo Bach; virtuoso showpieces including Preghiera (Rachmaninoff-Kreisler), Zigeunerweisen (Sarasate), March (Prokofieff-Heifetz), Hopak (Moussorgsky-Rachmaninoff); Romantic works such as Valse Sentimentale (Tschaikovsky-Press) and Nocturne in C# minor (Chopin-Milstein); and a Brahms Hungarian Dance. Rosand, a violinist in the romantic tradition for more than half a century and a prolific recording artist, was accompanied at the piano by Robert Koenig. Violinists will the violinist’s eye that producer/director Lauren Speeth brings to the project, as she worked closely with cinematographer Dan Coplan to highlight the mastery of the maestro at work.
The DVD was lauded by critics, including Tim Smith, of The Baltimore Sun, who wrote, “Some of [Rosand’s] best recordings are of very recent vintage. A recital filmed in California… featuring remarkably assured and sensitive playing …delivered with technical aplomb and, above all, exquisitely tasteful, old-world style.” The film received top honors – a Gold Davey Award – from the International Academy of the Visual Arts, for outstanding creative achievement in the category of Entertainment.
“I am both delighted and grateful to be in a position to continue performing at an age when most of my 20th Century colleagues are retired, or no longer perform at their recognized level,” explains Rosand, who at that time was still maintaining a busy schedule, balancing concert performances with academic and pedagogical pursuits, “I believe that I am playing as well as ever and I’m looking forward to creating music and performing in front of packed audiences for many years to come.”
DVD. 78 minutes. Stereo. Producer/director: Lauren Speeth. Cinematographer: Dan Coplan. Mastering: Stephen Hart. Available at online vendors. More information is available at the artist’s website, aaronrosand.com.
This early promotional video features footage from our Aaron Rosand Live at Mills College DVD. We embed it here for your interest and enjoyment.
Elfenworks Productions, LLC also produced the documentary short entitled Violins & Cigars, Aaron Rosand at 80, as well as a promotional video, and documented (for archival purposes only) maestro Rosand’s performances and master classes at venues including Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall and the Heifetz Society in southern California.
See our archive pages for the story of how we proudly managed all aspects of Maestro Rosand’s web presence in the early days of the web. Rosand was a pioneer among classical artists with a web presence, and this fact was so noted in periodicals at the time. Rosand’s feedback was most generouc:
Lauren Speeth, Director of Elfenworks was greatly responsible for promoting my career over a ten year period. Her extraordinary computer skills and creative ability made my first website a model for many artists who followed. It won several awards and was instrumental for increased CD and DVD sales resulting from this website. The films produced by Elfenworks will remain as a lasting testimony of a period in my artistic life. – Aaron Rosand, March 30, 2014
The recital performance film is still available and Mills College of California has copies – Contact their development office for details of how to get a copy and also how to donate and support their Aaron Rosand Music Lesson Scholarship Fund. For other information about this artist, and his other landmark recordings, visit his website at www dot aaronrosand dot com.