P1168. HAROLD BAUER: Gluck, Bach, Chopin, Debussy & Schumann (incl. the latter’s Fantasiestücke). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-250, recorded 1925-29. 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
“Bauer has even been described in print as ‘unquestionably one of the great [pianists] 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