|Rae Robertson and Ethel Bartlett|
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56b
Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson, duo-pianists
Recorded January 4 and April 3, 1940
Columbia Masterworks set X-181, two 78-rpm records
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Sadly, Bartlett and Robertson's recording career was not as extensive as artists of their caliber would warrant. It began with several NGS recordings of works by Arnold Bax in the late 1920s, continued in the 30s with a dozen or so sides for HMV, and when they moved to the USA in the late 30s they signed with Columbia, where they recorded 32 issued sides before Vronsky and Babin, who had been at Victor, displaced them as the reigning piano duo. In the early 50s, they made several LPs for MGM, which are so obscure that I knew nothing of them until researching for this post! They included a second recording of the Brahms Haydn Variations and their only recordings of works by Stravinsky.