"In Putting the Record Straight (Secker & Warburg, 1981), John Culshaw recounts his ‘shattering’ experience of working with Rubinstein to record a pair of Mozart concertos for RCA. Rubinstein’s insistence that he be heard above anything else caused this venture to be written off (although it seems the recordings eventually did appear), Culshaw relating that RCA’s subsequent advice to him was that “they had had to put up with (Rubinstein’s) passion for fortissimo for some years and were prepared to accept it in a virtuoso concerto”, but not in Mozart.
If the three (not two) Mozart concertos recorded in London in 1959 with the LSO under Krips have subsequently been issued I should like to have the details. My understanding is that they have not and would hardly need to be, since Rubinstein remade all three (adding a fourth) in New York in 1961. Working with old friends, producer Max Wilcox and conductor Alfred Wallenstein, Rubinstein evidently trusted their judgement, since these have a good balance and a good dialogue with the orchestra, and have always been admired.
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