SARASATE:Carmen Fantasy; Zigeunerweisen; Navarra; etc.

SARASATE:Carmen Fantasy; Zigeunerweisen; Navarra; etc.

Aaron Rosand is one of our greatest violinists, whether you know him or not. Listening to him dig into these showpieces, you hear phenomenal facility, tremendous tonal quality and variety, and the musical impulse to make the lightweight music come alive. It's all quite exciting, especially if you have my taste for these delightful Spanish tidbits, some of the best violin encores ever composed. I'm pleased that this bargain reissue restores the correct name of Eileen Flissler, Rosand's late wife, who appeared under a pseudonym on the original LP issue because Vox didn't want Sarasate played by a female pianist. Figure that one out! <I>--Leslie Gerber</I>