Charles Rosen: Legacy of a Master Pianist
Weighed down with huge back catalogues and diminishing demand, classical record companies have been issuing a steady stream of boxed sets, often covering the complete careers of conductors, pianists, singers, et al. These are niche products, but often successful ones. One executive has said that the target audience for such sets is the collector’s market, “people who appreciate an authoritative career overview,” listeners who may already have many but not all of the recordings in a new box — or none at all.
From this bumper crop, a recent release on Sony Classical merits special attention. It contains the complete Columbia and Epic album collection of the late American pianist, Charles Rosen (1927-2012).