P0079. ARTHUR LOESSER: Commemorative Issue, incl. Bach, Dussek, Hummel, Clementi, Raff, Haydn, Beethoven, Rubinstein, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Paderewski, Chabrier, Godowsky, Reger, Casella, Busoni, Moszkowski, MacDowell, Jensen, Field, Ravina & Prokofiev; Introductory remarks by Loesser. 2-Marston 52036, Live Performances, 1964-67 (incl. Town Hall Recital, 29 Oct., 1967. Transfers by Ward Marston. Out-of-Print, Final Sealed Copy! - 638335203621
"Loesser was a master of the conversational phrase though with a firm grasp of rhythm....as 'Bach experiences' go, this is impulsive, big-personality playing, eager as youth, spontaneous (occasionally to the point of hurrying) and only rarely troubled by slips of the finger. Loesser himself provided some highly intelligent and readable annotations."
- James Inverne, GRAMOPHONE, Sept., 2008
"Arthur Loesser chronicled [the piano's] evolution in his classic 1954 book, MEN, WOMEN AND PIANOS: A SOCIAL HISTORY with the care and concern of a family relation. Now, over thirty years after Loesser's death, it is through his history of the piano that he is best known. But he also devoted his life to the instrument, a life that in its quiet dedication, seemed to reflect the focus and relaxed attention that characterizes his book. After writing a playful book, HUMOR IN AMERICAN SONG, he was working on MEN, WOMEN AND PIANOS when, in 1953, he became the head of the piano department in Cleveland....his book is a counterexample to his skepticism, a model of broad-minded, expansive music criticism that wears its learning lightly."
- Edward Rothstein, Program Notes