P0992. HAROLD BAUER: Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, Handel, Schumann, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy & Brahms (the latter’s Sonata #3 in f). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-042, recorded 1939, Schirmer. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"...you'll hear that Bauer had a decided nineteenth-century outlook, first noticeable in his remarkably voluptuous tone, as fat and sexy as Ignace Friedman, but used much more discretely and kept largely under wraps, like a bespectacled, seemingly harmless professor concealing a grand interior passion....In my pianistic fantasies I have thought, had he lived to be a hundred, Bauer might have become the Horszowski of the 1970s."
- Gregor Benko, FANFARE, March/April, 1994
“The music-publishing firm of Schirmer, for whom Bauer was working as an editor, had its own record label, and in 1939 Bauer made a series of records for it, most importantly of the Piano Sonata #3 in f, Op.5, by Brahms. It is justly recognized as one of the best versions of the sonata and has even been described in print as ‘unquestionably one of the great piano recordings of the century’.”
– Jonathan Summers, A-Z OF PIANISTS
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011