"Don't judge me by my recordings!"

Robert Helps was an old-fashioned "live" pianist, who, like his predecessors Godowsky and Busoni, would often repeat "Don't judge me by my recordings!"

Nonetheless, Helps acheived a certain amount of notoriety for a single recording project finished in 1958 called "New Music for the Piano" presenting the works a dozen or so American composers of renown (some have COMPLETELY disappeared from circulation.)

After the recording, Helps kept a tiny handful of these pieces in his concert repertoire:

— Alan Hovhaness' Allegro on a Pakistan Lute Tune
— Ingolf Dahl's perky Fanfares
— Milton Babbitt's Partitions.

And his own pieces:
Hommage à Fauré
Hommage à Rachmaninoff