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“Herein (the piano) lies divine beauty, which can be evoked only by that player who is inspired by this divine beauty”… Anton Rubenstein
(Atrtur) "Rubenstein said that Gaisberg (Fred Gaisberg - recording pioneer and producer).. had taken him to lunch at the Gramaphone Company's headquarters... and had then sworn that if Rubenstein would make a test recording it would not be issued without the artists permission. Rubenstein agreed to try; Gaisberg led him to a recording studio, where a Blüthner piano awaited him. Rubenstein objected that the Blüthner instrument was not a full size concert grand, but Gaisberg persuaded him to try it.
"Well, this Blüthner had the most beautiful singing tone I had ever found", he recalled. "Suddenly I became quite enthusiastic and decided to play my beloved Barcarolle of Chopin. The piano inspired me. I don't think I ever played better in my life. And then the miracle happened. They played it back to me and I must confess that I had tears in my eyes. Gaisberg had won". ...Rubensteins first test recordings were done twice that day - once on the Bluthner and once on a Steinway. .. at this second session, he used only the Bluthner piano." (which was not a full size concert grand, to which Rubenstein originally objected- Ed) Taken from TWO references "Rubentein: A life" by Harvey Sachs and My Many Years" by Artur Rubenstein.
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