This is a very good recording for the price range. His Mendelssohn is almost exactly as I like it. A little bit more speed in the first movement would be appreciated. He drains every bit of emotion from the first movement. I love the way he holds the notes in the cadenza of the first movement. I still haven't found anyone else who does that. Heifetz comes close in his recording with Charles Munch. The second movement id one of my all time favorites. The double stop passage in the middle is simply beautiful, but I don't think he gets every note. Still, it is beautifully played and the movement flows like water. In the third movement, there is a section where the violin goes up in thirds. Almost everyone slurs that passage, but Mr. Rosand does not. It is really weird. I believe it is supposed to sound like a flock of birds taking of into the sky. But hey, that's me. I prefer the third movement played by Heifetz.
The Tchaikovsky is very well done, and he goes at a nice brisk tempo. The first movement seemed a bit odd, but that was because I am used to hearing Heifetz play it. Heifetz plays a slightly truncated cadenza in the first movement, and made some other changes which make the music flow better. I don't really like the second movement, but I think it will grow on me. It has a very mysterious and haunting. The third movement is pretty good, although I believe that Heifetz played it better. He gets a bit scratchy in some really slow romantic melodies. I don't really like that. It seems like a Russian folk song that isn't supposed to be very heavy. I have to say that this recording ties with Perlman's recording. There are some slightly scratchy notes, but hey, it's Tchaikovsky! One isn't supposed to play Tchaikovsky perfectly.