classical and opera reissue label, Marston was
founded by the respected producer and re-recording engineer
Ward Marston. In 1997, Mr. Marston was nominated for the
"Best Historical Album" Grammy Award for his production work
on BMG's Fritz Kreisler collection. According to the Chicago
Tribune, Marston's name is "synonymous with tender loving
care to collectors of historical CDs." Opera News calls his
work "revelatory," and Fanfare deems him "miraculous."
In 1996, Mr.
Marston received the Gramophone award for "Historical Vocal
Record of the Year," honoring his production and engineering
work on Romophone's complete recordings of Lucrezia Bori. He
also served as as re-recording engineer for the Franklin
Mint's Arturo Toscanini issue and BMG's Sergei Rachmaninov
recordings, both winners of the "Best Historical Album"
Born blind in
1952, Mr. Marston has amassed tens of thousands of opera
classical records over the past four decades. Following a
stint in radio while a student at Williams College, he
became well-known as a reissue producer in 1979, when he
restored the earliest known stereo recording, made by the
Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1932.
In the past,
Mr. Marston has produced records for BMG, EMI, CBS, Biddulph, and
Romophone. Now, he is bringing his distinctive sonic vision
to bear on works released by his own label. Ultimately, his
goal is to make the music he remasters sound "as natural as
possible" and "true to life" by "lifting the voices" off his
old 78s. Superior liner notes and performances are also part
of the plan for Marston, which aims to "promote the
importance of preserving old recordings" and make available
the works of "great musicians who need to be heard."