Steven Rosen and Richard Goering ,the LeVassor Duo, add new tunes to some of the music from their first CD for this digital instrumental release of great Klezmer ,Jewish folk,and Israeli folk music. they have arranged these tunes for viola and guitar which creates a wonderful color of sound.
"Impassioned and heartfelt…great stuff!"
John Morris Russell, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
JANELLE GELFAND - Music editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer writing about their first CD:
"Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra violist Steven Rosen and guitarist Richard Goering have released an album of traditional and folk gems, which they adapted and arranged for their duo. The instrumental disc includes, "Raisins & Almonds," Abraham Goldfaden's famous setting of a Yiddish lullaby, and the lovely "Erev shel shoshanim" (Evening walk in the roses). It finishes with Rosen's spiritual performance of Kol Nidre."
St. Paul, Minnesota native Steven Rosen joined the Cincinnati Symphony in 1982. He was previously a member of both the Netherlands Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a former principal violist and soloist with the Toledo Symphony. He has participated in the Blossom and Aspen music festivals. Stevens' studies were with Abraham Skernick, Martha Katz, Robert Vernon, Victor Lieberman and Salvatore Venitelli. Steven has appeared as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony.
Mr. Rosen is an active solo and chamber player, performing regularly with the CSO Chamber Players, the Taft Museum music series, and solo recitals in the area. He has played Kol Nidre at Temple Beth Adam for High Holidays since the early 80's and has recently released a duo CD "A PINCH OF OY, A DASH OF AHH! A BISSEL KRECTSER A BISSEL KVELLER" with Richard Goering on guitar which includes that masterpiece of Bruch. It is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rosengoering# and Amazon.com . He has also recorded for Bay Cities Records as the violist with the Korngold Quartet.
Guitarist Richard Goering was moved to play the guitar after seeing the Beatles first television performances. Two years later, after watching films of Andres Segovia master classes in Santiago de Compostela, he began to study classical guitar.Richard has performed to enthusiastic responses in concert series in New York, New England, and the Midwest and internationally in Spain and Italy. The Corriere della Sera in Rome praised his beautiful sounds [and] elegant and well constructed phrases, while a Courier-Journal critic wrote that, " his guitar is for our time, but it is also for all time."