John Marks Responds

We are grateful to Anthony Kershaw for his enthusiastic review, and to Audiophilia for covering music in such depth and detail. I am pleased by the comparison to Zukerman/Barenboim in the Brahms, because Zukerman is one of my favorite musicians; his Elgar Concerto (again with Barenboim) is glorious. At JMR we have always said that Arturo Delmoni rightfully should be thought of in such company, and, when musically sensitive people get to hear Delmoni, they almost always agree.

Amy Beach's comparative obscurity is a source of continuing puzzlement to me; her works are at least as good as those of any number of composers you hear on the radio altogether too often. Unfortunately, the current crop of mass-media-darling pianists and violinists (with a few exceptions such as Anne-Sophie Mutter) tread the same old ruts in terms of repertory. A shame. Beach's piano music is very good, as are her symphonies.

I do want to offer a few bits of clarification. Mr. Kershaw flatters JMR by suggesting that we have a "house," as in our own engineering establishment: "As the recording was sourced from outside the JMR house, owner John Marks turned to the venerable Bob Ludwig for remastering duties."

We actually outsource all of our recording duties to excellent engineers such as Mr. Hancock or Mr. Bruck, and we of course prefer to have Mr. Ludwig do our mastering. The legal lines for this CD indicate that it is made under license, but that is only because Mr. Delmoni owns the master tape and the rights in it. I do want to stress that this is a new recording that has never been released before in any format. So, Mr. Ludwig mastered it, it was not a case of re-mastering.

Finally, although you have to wear sunglasses as you walk into Bob Ludwig's studio, such is the glare from all the platinum records, floor to ceiling as far as the eye can see, he is too unassuming, down-to-earth, and youthful to be called "venerable."

Mr. Kershaw wants to hear more from Arturo Delmoni, so we will very shortly send up some copies of his newly-released CD Music for a Glass Bead Game, a violin-cello duo recital based on ideas from Hesse's novel.

Thanks again.

John Marks