P1265. JOHN NEWMARK, Vol. IV: Casella & Mendelssohn; w.Toronto Woodwind Quintet: Petite suite maritime -
3 Excerpts (Dela), Suite for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn & Piano (Papineau-Couture) & Quintet in E-flat, K.452 (Mozart). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-438, Live Performance, 1967, CBC EXPO. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“John Newmark (Neumark) was a pianist, accompanist & chamber musician, born in Bremen, 12 June, 1904, then naturalized as a Canadian in 1946. Newmark wanted to leave Germany, but it was not until 1939 that he was able to get to London. There he took part in concerts, notably with the soprano Emmy Heim and the violinist Max Rostal. In 1944 Newmark settled permanently in Montréal, where his services were soon in demand by eminent Canadian and foreign soloists. In 1949 he gave concerts in South America with Goldberg and accompanied Kathleen Ferrier on two extended tours of North America. With her, in 1950, he recorded song cycles of Schumann and Brahms for Decca-London & Brahms' ‘Vier Ernste Gesänge’. In 1952 he won a Grand prix du disque de l'Académie Charles-Cros.
Newmark accompanied more than 80 foreign and at least 160 Canadian artists and has recorded with several of the most prominent. His long collaboration with Maureen Forrester began in 1953; with her he toured the world. After a Toronto recital by the team, John Kraglund wrote (GLOBE AND MAIL, 18 Jan 1960): 'Superb as Miss Forrester was, much of the credit for the exceptionally high quality of the recital must go to Mr. Newmark. Always a reliable accompanist, he gave inspired performances throughout the evening, providing an integral part of each song, without being guilty of either too much or too little'.”
- Gilles Potvin, HISTORICA CANADA