Topic: archive of Ronald Roseman recordings
Dear IDRS forum,
Jackie Leclair piping up--
I'm here in New York City, and I have been helpling Ronald Roseman's widow, Okkyu Roseman, go through all of Mr. Roseman's musical documents and recordings (a few hours here and there whenever I can over a couple of months). We have organized his music, his own compositions, books, reviews of his concerts, programs from his concerts, and articles about him and his ensembles such as the New York Wind Quintet, An Die Musick, Bach Aria Festival etc...all dating back to the 1950s. It's an incredible collection of oboe and musical memorabilia! Mr. Roseman had a wonderful, impressive career that included many performances of all the standard chamber repertoire, many appearances as concerto soloist, countless recitals, much new music (both as composer, conductor and avid performer), a stint as co-principal oboist of the NY Philharmonic, and on and on.
Presently, Mrs. Roseman and I are categorizing the cassette tapes and reel to reel tapes. The challenge facing us is essentially two-fold: to decide which recordings are worth saving and transferring to CD (and making sure they tapes are in good enough shape to do so), and then actually having the recordings converted to CD.
I thought I would ask the IDRS for advice on this topic since the recordings represented are really a treasury of oboe performances.
To give you some idea of the project's scale, there are about 60 cassettes and about 20 reel-to-reels. Just a portion of those would ultimately be selected to putting onto CD, and that's only if the quality is not too degraded from age.
If anyone can chime in with information on how to approach such a project, I would appreciate it.
As someone who was lucky enough to such with Mr. Roseman, I have been happy to help Mrs. Roseman in putting his musical things in order. But there is a limit to what I can do. I would like to get information for Mrs. Roseman, though, so these recordings that she treasures so dearly can efficaciously be transferred to CDs where they will be preserved safely.
Perhaps there is the possibility of making the most notable recordings, like the live concerto performances by Mr. Roseman, availble online to IDRS members. Just an idea--
Thanks for all advice--