Reference Recordings LPs: The Reference Mastercuts Series, pressed by Quality Record Pressings!
Legendary pianist Eugene Istomin with conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Mozart concertos Nos. 21 in C Major and 24 in C Minor
Double LP set in a gatefold jacket, 45 RPM, 180-gram vinyl
Istomin and Schwarz have performed these immortal concertos many times, and insisted on recording them in long, complete takes in order to capture the live experience. Reference Recordings Chief Engineer and Technical Director "Prof" Keith Johnson's wizardry pays large dividends in natural, high-resolution string textures and a huge, three-dimensional soundstage. Recorded in 1995 at St. Thomas Center, Bothell, Washington. The CD version was declared recording of the month by Stereophile in May 1996.
Gerard Schwarz and The Seattle Symphony constitute one of the most celebrated musical marriages of our time. They have earned awards from Ovation, Musical America and Stereo Review magazines, eight Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards. Often referred to as "the most recorded orchestra in America," the Seattle Symphony now boasts more than 50 titles in its catalog.