the audience as long ago as 1973 have been inquiring about Yovanovitch
recital recordings. They searched, and found nothing. There are
a very large number indeed, as a visitor to the Discography page can see,
starting from 1973, which have been hidden away until the present
There was a
good possibility of the entire catalog becoming the property of an
“artist’s agent” or “record distributor” and receiving nothing in return.
The Complete Recordings appearing here are indeed “Complete”, and compiled from tapes made in preparation for the very first professional recording for State radio/TV in 1973, after one year’s full time study at the university. At the time, it seemed to be a “Trial by Fire” which made the Inquisition look like a garden party!
Throughout the very many recordings made for various State Broadcasting Authorities, in Europe and elsewhere, I allowed a maximum of two takes only, to preserve the freshness and spontaneity of the performance.
The recordings were always unedited and broadcast after I had left the country and furthermore, the producers were reluctant to forward duplicate tapes to the artist.
Thus, the recordings from the seventies are often not broadcast productions, but made in the State rehearsal studios with my own “equipment” and in live concerts.
Later recordings were made in Australia, England, Hungary, New Zealand and the USA, mostly in a staggering variety of wholly unsuitable situations, but always on the nine-foot concert grand.
I therefore ask the
listener to catch the spirit of the composer, if it is apparent, and
accept the variable engineering quality, the results of differing
technologies on different continents over a period of more than thirty