Post by email@example.com Post by Frank Berger Post by drh8h Post by henrysibley
Are any of their recordings in print? Thanks!
The big Stravinsky box Sony issued in 2015 has their record of two pianist music by him. I think a G & F box would be a nice present from Sony. I have not heard very many of their recordings, but in the 60s I recall many critics rated them at the top of the piano-uo field when the competitors were Vronsky and Babin.
The only CD with them I remember was with Bernstein conducting Mozart's
concertos for two and three pianos. I think it was one of the few CD's I
ever actually culled. IIRC, I really hated K365, but K242 was better.
But I could me misremembering. There are a couple of these on sale at
Ebay. MY impression was that Vronsky & Babin were better, but I could
easily be wrong.
There's a better K. 365 with Rosbaud from Baden Baden available on Symphonyshare. A fine Brahms/Bizet pairing was issued on Odyssey LP and transferred here, but alas, the link is dead: http://randomclassics.blogspot.com/2010/04/two-pianos-are-better-than-one.html. I spent an interesting few minutes skimming the contents of the G&F archive at Juilliard. How about this dedication to them from Luciano Berio: "To Bobby and Arthur with corny affection." :-) The duo commissioned and performed many 20th-century works, as exemplified by this collection: https://www.discogs.com/Arthur-Gold-And-Robert-Fizdale-Gold-And-Fizdale-1900-1952-Music-For-2-Pianos/release/3074025. Worthy of official reissue, but in the meantime I think that it is available on Spotify and also here: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/NS%201025.
In looking for their recordings, I discovered they wrote together a
well-reviewed biography of Sarah Bernhardt. I hesitated to buy it when
read that a lot about her early life was discovered after their book was
written and their treatment of her early life may be largely fictional.
Anyway, this led me to read the Wikipedia entry for her and I was
surprised, shocked even, to discover I knew virtually nothing about her.
What a life!