Early Classical Music LP Producer Howard Scott Dies at 92

Above: Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations

Howard H. Scott, the Grammy Award-winning classical music recording producer who helped develop the long-playing record and who produced Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations and recordings with virtually every major U.S. orchestra, died of cancer Sept. 22 at 92, according to the New York Times.

Scott’s career in the classical music recording industry began with the Columbia Masterworks label. One of his early assignments at Columbia was to help transfer recordings of longer musical works from 78 r.p.m. discs onto the newly invented long-playing record.

Scott eventually became a staff producer for Columbia Masterworks, producing recordings of performances by the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and – perhaps most famously – of pianist Glenn Gould’s groundbreaking 1955 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” variations.

Scott later worked for MGM Records, RCA Red Seal – where he won a Grammy Award as producer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recording  of Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 1 – the music publisher G. Schirmer and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Scott retired from the classical recording industry in 1993, after the LP had been replaced by the CD.

Read more: Howard H. Scott, Developer of the Long-Playing Vinyl Record, Dies at 92 (NYT)

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