P1278. LANDMARKS OF RECORDED PIANISM, Vol. I, incl. Dinu Lipatti, Alfred Cortot, Guiomar Novaes, Josef Labor, Iso Ellinson, Moritz Rosenthal, Dan Davis, Stanley Hummel, Leff Pouishnoff, Abram Chasins, Vladimir Horowitz & Erwin Niryeghazy. 2-Marston 52073. - 638335207322
"This release features a collection of what might be called piano orphans: commercial and non-commercial recordings of great pianists that simply have never found their way onto compact disc. Among these treasures are fifteen minutes of Dinu Lipatti playing Scarlatti and Brahms that have only recently surfaced; an unpublished disc of Alfred Cortot playing the Russian Dance from PETROUSHKA; and previously unpublished excerpts of the Tchaikovsky first piano concerto played by Vladimir Horowitz with the Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded during a 1932 concert conducted by Fritz Reiner and recorded as an experiment by the Bell Telephone Laboratory. This is Horowitz's earliest known concert performance and it is in amazing sound for that time. It is unfortunate that the entire concerto was not recorded, but hearing these excerpts will be a revelation for Horowitz fans. Also included are live concerto performances by Leff Pouishnoff and Guiomar Novaes. We feel certain that piano enthusiasts worldwide will treasure this 2-CD set as nothing like it has been heard since Gregor Benko produced his acclaimed Landmarks of Recorded Pianism LP forty years ago."
- Ward Marston
“LANDMARKS OF RECORDED PIANISM was the title of an LP produced by International Piano Archives for the Desmar label in 1977 (IPA 117). The idea was to present ‘orphan’ recordings of great pianists that didn’t fit into plans for other reissues. It was optimistically subtitled ‘Volume 1’. No subsequent volumes were issued, so the disc was both a debut and a farewell. Now Marston is bringing the idea to life, this time in double CD format, with keen anticipation that there will indeed be subsequent volumes.
The intervening years have brought us to a place that was unimaginable. Historic issues and reissues, so rare and infrequent then, are now commonplace, even first choices for new compact disc issues by major companies, their archives providing fodder for new catalogue items. This is perhaps in lieu of recordings by new ‘stars’, a musical species that seems to have gone almost extinct in the interim. Boutique labels have found an inexhaustible source for historic issues, drawing on the hundreds of thousands of concerts and broadcasts that were recorded since the 1930s. Much - not all - historic material deserves to be made available, for vault and archive recordings preserved a fantastic array of personal music making, inscribed through the years by artists of varying degrees of fame and talent. Alas, many of the greatest artists of the past recorded little and died before the advent of widespread recording of concerts and broadcasts - a good example is Dinu Lipatti (1917–1950).”
- Gregor Benko