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CHARLES ROSEN
American pianist (1927 - 2012)



Charles Rosen studied with Moriz Rosenthal who studied with Liszt and Karl Mikuli, himself a pupil of Chopin.  He also studied at Princeton University, majoring in French, eventually obtaining a PhD in French literature, and rounding out his education with courses in math and philosophy.  After his debut in New York at the ripe age of 23, he went to Paris as a Fulbright scholar to study the relationship between poetry and music in 16th-century France.  Rosen was indeed a renaissance man.

The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (Expanded Edition)

I spent years with his book under my pillow.  I was fortunate to meet Charles Rosen some years later and the very same copy of the book now bears his autograph on the title page.  As one might imagine, the man who wrote this marvelously brilliant book plays Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven with amazing insight into the style and structure of the music.

But this insight, this intellectual understanding, imbued everything Charles Rosen played from Bach and Scarlatti to Webern and Elliott Carter.  And even his performances of the standard virtuoso pieces of the repertoire. the bravura and the pyrotechnical contain a level of musicality not often heard even among the great pianists of the 20th century.



Bach  Selections from the Art of the Fugue

recorded in 1967


Contrapunctus I
03:01 ➢ Contrapunctus VII per Augmentationem et Dimenutionem
05:33 ➢ Contrapunctus IX alla Duodecima



Contrapunctus XIV (unfinished)




Bach  Ricercar in Six Voices from A Musical Offering




Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonatas

recorded in 1955 on the Siena Pianoforte


Vivo in G major, L 487 (K 125)



Allegro in F major, L 432 (K 44)



Vivo in C major, L 202 (K 242)



Allegro in D major, L 107 (K 140)




Haydn  Piano Sonata in C minor, Hob XVI:20

i Allegro moderato
07:16ii Andante con moto
11:38iii Allegro




Haydn  Piano Sonata in A major, Hob XVI:46

recorded in 1969


i
Allegro moderato



ii Adagio
08:18iii Presto




Mozart  Piano Sonata in B major, K 333

recorded in 1955 on the Siena Pianoforte


i Allegro



ii Andante Cantabile



iii Allegretto grazioso




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 28 in A major, Op 101

recorded in 1971


i Etwas lebhaft, und mit der innigsten Empfindung - Allegretto, ma non troppo



ii Lebhaft. Marschmäßig - Vivace alla marcia



iii Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll - Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto



iv Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit
Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 29 in B major, Op 106

recorded in 1971


i Allegro



ii Scherzo - Assai vivace



iiia Adagio sostenuto (beginning)



iiib Adagio sostenuto (conclusion)



iva Largo. Allegro risoluto (beginning)



ivb Largo. Allegro risoluto (conclusion)




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 30 in E major, Op 109

 
i
Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo
03:49
➢ ii Prestissimo



iiia Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (beginning)



iiib Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (conclusion)




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 31 in A major, Op 110

 
i
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
07:12
➢ ii Scherzo - Allegro molto




Schubert-Liszt  Soirées de Vienne 6, Valse-Caprice on Schubert waltzes

recorded in the 1960s




Mendelssohn-Rachmaninoff  Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

recorded in the 1960s




Rosen plays Chopin

Mazurka in C minor Op 63~3
01:44 ➢ Nocturne 17 in B major, Op 62~1
07:28 ➢ Nocturne 18 in E major, Op 62~2
11:58 ➢ Barcarolle in F major, Op 60

recorded live in 2011




Chopin  Mazurkas, Op 63

1 in B major
2 in F minor
3 in C minor

recorded in 1990




Moriz Rosenthal  "Etude on the Minute Waltz of Chopin"
[Chopin Waltz in D major, Op 64~1]

recorded in the 1960s




Schumann  Impromptus on a Theme by Clara Wieck, Op 5

recorded in the early 1980s




Schumann  Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6

recorded in the early 1980s




Schumann  Carnaval, Op 9

recorded in 1963

1 Préambule
02:27
2 Pierrot
04:073 Arlequin
05:07
4 Valse noble
07:21
➢ 5 Eusebius [ends 4 measures from the end]




5 Eusebius [begins 4 measures from the end]
00:22
6 Florestan
01:18
7 Coquette
02:53
8 Replique
03:44
9 Papillons
04:30
10 A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)
05:14
11 Chiarina
06:23
12 Chopin
07:35
13 Estrella
08:01
14 Reconnaissance
09:48
15 Pantalon et Colombine



16 Valse Allemande
00:49
17 Paganini
01:58
18 Aveu
02:57
19 Promenade
05:30
20 Pause
05:49
21 Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins




Schumann  Piano Sonata 1 in F minor, Op 11
Finale - Allegro, un poco maestoso

recorded in the early 1983




Liszt  Don Juan Fantasy, S 418


(beginning)



(conclusion)




J Strauss-Tausig  "Man lebt nur einmal" ("You Only Live Once")

recorded in the 1960s




Moriz Rosenthal  "Carnaval de Vienne" Fantasy on Strauss Waltzes

recorded in the 1960s




Leopold Godowsky  Fantasy on Johann Strauss II "Wine, Women & Song"

recorded in the 1960s




Bizet-Rachmaninoff  Minuet from "L'Arlésienne Suite"

recorded in the 1960s




Kreisler-Rachmaninoff  Liebesleid ("Love's Sorrow")

recorded in the 1960s










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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