21 August 2015

Fritz Busch / Glyndebourne Festival - Mozart. Don Giovanni - HMV 1937

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  "Don Giovanni"   Dramma giocoso in due atti, K.527
Don Giovanni .......................... John Brownlee  (Bass)  
Donna Elvira .......................... Luise Helletsgruber  (Mezzo-Soprano) 
Don Ottavio .......................... Koloman von Pataky (Tenor)
Leporello.......................... Salvatore Baccaloni  (Bass)
Masetto .......................... Roy Henderson  (Bass)
Donna Anna .......................... Ina Souez  (Soprano)
Commendatore .......................... David Franklin  (Bass)
Zerlina .......................... Audrey Mildmay  (Soprano)
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus & Orchestra  conducted by  Fritz Busch   
EMI Pathe-Marconi  2C151-43057-9   1981: Previously unplayed set.  Recorded: 29 June/5 July 1936 - Glyndebourne
6 files zip FLAC @ http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk

13 July 2015

24/96: Alfredo Campoli plays... Bruch. Violin Concerto 1 / Lalo. Symphonie espagnole / Saint-Saens. Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Havanaise - Decca 1951/1953

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, op.26
I: Vorspiel - Allegro moderato ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Finale - Allegro energico
Alfredo Campoli, violin - New Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Royalton Kisch 
Decca  LXT 2904  (originally LXT 2596)  Rec. 17 April 1951

Edouard LaloSymphonie espagnole, op.21
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Scherzando ~ III: Intermezzo ~ IV: Andante
Alfredo Campoli, violin - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Eduard van Beinum    
Decca  ACL 124  (originally LXT 2801)  Rec. 3-4 March 1953

Camille Saint-Saens:
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op.28   /   Havanaise, op.83
Alfredo Campoli, violin - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Anatole Fistoulari  
Decca  ACL 64  (originally LW 5085)   Rec. 10 November 1953

FLAC files @ http://pristineclassics.blogspot.co.uk

13 February 2015


I HAD A STROKE SUNDAY MORNING (8TH FEBRUARY) despite being 100% fit beforehand.....paralyzed lh side..am in Hospital..

08 July 2014

Carl Garaguly / Tivolis Koncertsals Symphoniorkester - Nielsen. Symphony 2 / Little Suite - Fona 1963

Carl Nielsen:
Symphony no.2, op.16  "The Four Temperaments"  
I: Allegro collerico  ~  II: Allegro comodo e flemmatico  ~  III: Andante malinconico  ~  IV: Allegro sanguino
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Little Suite for string orchestra, op.1   
Prelude: Andante con moto  ~  Intermezzo: Allegro moderato  ~  Finale: Andante con moto - Piu mosso
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Tivoli Concert Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Carl Garaguly 
Vox / Turnabout  TVS 34049   STEREO  1968 Decca release. Matrices: S 2683 -1L / S 2684 -1L
This has a cleaner tape-to-disc transfer than the US Vox versions - though the recording is somewhat bright (so have marginally treble-enhanced the Suite) but which now sounds excellent and exciting; as also is the performance/orchestra...
Publication date: c.1963.  Recorded: c.1960 ? -  by  'Fona', Denmark    Not on CD    Sleeve-note >>>

05 June 2014

Richard Rodgers. Victory at Sea - RCA Victor Orchestra / Robert Russell Bennett - RCA 1959

Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett):
"Victory at Sea"     
Orchestral Suite from the NBC Television Production  
Side One:  The Song of the High Seas  ~ The Pacific Boils Over  ~ Guadalcanal (March)  ~ D-Day  ~ Hard Work and Horse-Play
Side Two:  Theme of the Fast Carriers  ~ Beneath the Southern Cross  ~ Mare Nostrum  ~ Victory at Sea
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The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Russell Bennett   
RCA  SF 5092  STEREO   Original 1960 Decca LP - Matrices: K2RY1076 -1D / K2RY1077 -1D        Sleeve-note >>> 

03 June 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich plays... Shostakovich. Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (French National / Cluytens) & 3 Fantastic Dances - EMI 1958

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Piano Concerto no.1 in C major for Piano, Trumpet & Strings, op.35  
Piano Concerto no.2 in F major, op.102    
Three Fantastic Dances, op.5    
3 files zip WAV  ZS Download 
Dmitri Shostakovich, piano - Ludovic Vaillant, trumpet - French National Radio Orchestra  conducted by  Andre Cluytens  
EMI/World Records  SH 293   1979 LP (first UK release)  Matrices: XLX 779 -2 / XLX 778 -2.
Recorded 24-26/30 May / 12 September 1958 - Salle Wagram, Paris  (mono only)
Transfer level is slightly lower than normal (although the recorder peaked @ 0dB) - and the LP sound wasn't exactly 'master-tape'; also with some tape compression/modulation..     Sleeve-note / 1962 EMG review >>>

10 May 2014

The Busch String Quartet: Beethoven Late String Quartets: "The Case of The Missing Frequencies"..(and The Stolen Scan)...and My Files..???

Some of you may recall (long ago) that Andrew Rose stated my transfer of the BBC Radio 3
RPO-Sargent -Vaughan Williams Sym.9  only went up to 'about 13kHz' - when it demonstrably went to the cut-off frequency of 15kHz (graph to prove it..).

Now, if you have nothing better to spend your money on, you can give him up to FORTY QUID for his copy of, presumably, most of the 1985 Beethoven: Busch Quartet LP box-set (he states the pressings were German - so one must **assume they weren't the previous World Records release: and, by 1985, it's possible/likely they were 'Digital Remastered' - as well as being 'DMM' pressed).
(**If they were a previous EMI Electrola release then, typically, they would be filtered more than the EMI Hayes masterings)

Mr Pristine's Newletter - link

PS: The Black & White photo of the Busch Quartet in his Newsletter has been copied from MY 2012 SCAN from the Booklet
Maybe he stole my files too ???!!!!

He's claiming these 'stunning' transfers of his (his? - he's merely copied someone else's efforts) go up to 18-19kHz...with a vague claim that some 'azimuth error' correction has 'revealed' those frequencies..

And this from the Comedian who noise-reduces (resolution-reduces- then Treble-Boosts) everything in sight!

So here's a Competition for any MUGS who buy them: FIND THOSE EHF FREQUENCIES - as most files were cut-off/limited by Anthony Griffith / Keith Hardwick's transfers to about 9kHz at best - and only (SIDE GRAPH >>>) did I (quickly) find one above that: the last Qt from 1933 - on an energetic chord...and the PU Cartridges I used were CD-4 compatible - thus will trace frequencies @ nearly 4 times that c.10.6kHz level.

My (free...) 2012 transfers of all the 1985 EMI Germany box-set SQ recordings + CBS op.130 @

Of course..there are plenty of CRETINS around: Here's one:
Ha Ha Ha   " The GROC transfers from EMI were not bad, but  Andrew Rose's are better, with more “air” around the slightly warmer sound. It is excellent to have these really great performances from the 1930s (with a couple of early 1940s) in the best possible transfers".

So there you have it:
 'best possible' means 'reduced resolution and boosted treble'.
No need for me to bother, is there??



16 April 2014

Louis de Froment conducts... Mozart. Clarinet Concerto -&- Sinfonia Concertante - Lancelot, Pierlot, Coursier, Hongne - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1953

Concerto in A major for Clarinet & Orchestra, K.622   Allegro  ~  Adagio  ~  Rondo     (Jacques Lancelot, clarinet)
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K.297b    Allegro  ~  Adagio  ~  Andantino con variazioni    
(Pierre Pierlot, oboe  - Jacques Lancelot, clarinet  - Gilbert Coursier, horn  - Paul Hongne, bassoon) 
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
L'Ensemble Orchestral de L'Oiseau-Lyre  conducted by  Louis de Froment  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  OL 50006  
 First Edition 1953 LP/matrices: TT139 -1B / TT140 -1B    Recorded c.1952 - Paris. 
This required lengthy editing (surfaces were full of huge clicks/pops) + slightly de-clicked @ 1.3 + re-equalized (some 'edits' audible in the Clarinet C.).  
Performances are superb.   Not on CD    Sleeve-note / EMG review  >>>

10 April 2014

Jeanne Demessieux plays... Cesar Franck. Trois Chorals, Trois pieces, Six pieces - Decca 1959

Volume One:  Trois pieces:  (1878)   -  Fantasie in A major    /    Cantabile    /    Piece Heroique       //       Choral no.1 in E major  (1890)
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Volume Two: Choral no.2 in B minor  (1890)  //   Six pieces:  (1860-1862)  -  Fantasie in C major, op.16  /   Grande piece Symphonique, op.17  
3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download 
Volume Three: Choral no.3 in A minor  (1890)   //   Six pieces: (1860-1862)  - Priere, op.20  /  Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op.18  /  Pastorale, op.19  /  Final, op.21      
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Cavaille-Coll organ  (1845)  at  L’Eglise de La Madeleine, Paris  - Jeanne Demessieux, organist  
Decca  SDD 202-204   STEREO    Recorded: 1959 - UK issued: 1969 - 1972 pressings/matrices: ZAL 8792-8797 -1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-2K 
New discs with minimal de-click  plus slight treble enhancement .   Sleeve-notes + EMG review / SRG Vol.7 review >>>

19 March 2014

Aeolian String Quartet / Leonard Cassini play... Elgar. Piano Quintet / Bax. Legend - Delta/Revolution 1963

Sir Edward Elgar:
Piano Quintet in A minor, op.84   
I: Moderato - Allegro  ~  II: Adagio  ~  III: Moderato - Allegro       
Sir Arnold Bax:  Legend, for Viola and Piano             
2 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
The Aeolian String Quartet  with  Leonard Cassini,  piano  
(Sydney Humphreys  &  Raymond Keenlyside, violins - Watson Forbes, viola - Derek Simpson, 'cello)
Revolution  RCB 8   STEREO  1970 CBS UK pressing/matrices: REVB 8x -3E / REVB 8y -2E.  Originally: mono Delta  DEL 12024      Not on CD
CD-RW transfer.  Slight de-click (1.4) + slight treble enhancement.  The sound is very 'dead' and rather 'smoothed' - not to the standard of the RVW/Elgar.  The performance of the Quintet is mostly quite gentle/subdued...the Bax is pretty ghastly!!    Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

16 March 2014

John Shirley-Quirk sings... Vaughan Williams. Songs of Travel, etc + Ireland / Stanford / Keel / Warlock - Saga 1962

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Songs of Travel
(The Vagabond - Let Beauty Awake - The Roadside Fire - Youth and Love - In Dreams - The Infinite Shining Heaven - Wither must I wander -
Bright is the King of Words - I have trod the upward and downward slope)

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Linden Lea  ~  Silent Noon
John Ireland:  Sea Fever      /      Charles Villiers Stanford:  Drake's Drum  ~  The Old Superb
Frederick Keel:  Trade Winds     /     Peter Warlock:  Captain Stratton's Fancy
4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download      
John Shirley-Quirk, Baritone  &  Viola Tunnard, piano   
SAGA  XID 5211  c.1964 pressing - original XIP 7011 matrices.  Recorded: c.1962 - SAGA Studio, Maresfield Gardens, London.
Treble increased due to limited HF (Shirley-Quirk's voice isn't always too clear): the piano playing (Chappell Boudoir Grand, apparently) is rather felicitous..  Very slight background crackles are occasionally evident - though vast hundreds have been individually removed....         Sleeve-note >>>

12 October 2013

Leoncavallo. I Pagliacci - La Scala, Milan / Tullio Serafin - Columbia 1955

Ruggiero Leoncavallo:  "I Pagliacci"
Nedda............. Maria Meneghini CallasSoprano  
Canio.................. Giuseppe di StefanoTenor
Tonio...................... Tito GobbiBaritone
Beppe......................... Nicola MontiTenor
Silvio.............................. Rolando PaneraiBaritone
Side One: Prologue, Act One (part 1)   /  Side Two: Act One (part 2)   /   Side Three: Intermezzo, Act Two   
3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download      
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Opera House, Milan  conducted by  Tullio Serafin  
Columbia  33CXS 1211 / 33CX 1212   1963 pressings / pre-1959 matrices: XBX 157 -4N / XBX 158 -4N / XBX 159 -2N  
Recorded: 12-17 June 1954, Teatro alla Scala, Milan       16/44 HD       EMG review >>>
Presumably you would prefer this copied from the stunningly scarce 'original 24bit CD'; as re-recorded in the Balls Pond Road Swimming Baths.
So you can compare this to Mr P's Sample  (starts @ 8.57", side two)  - and spend your pocket-money THERE !!

13 September 2013

Sir Adrian Boult / London Philharmonic - Delibes. Sylvia / Coppelia / Naila - PYE 1956

Leo Delibes:
"Coppelia" - Ballet suite: - 
Prelude et Mazurka - Ballade et Theme Slave Varie - Scene et Valse de la Poupee - Czardas (Danse hongroise) - Entr'acte et Valse
"Sylvia" - Ballet suite: -  Prelude et Les Chasseresses - Intermezzo et Valse Lente - Pizzicati - Cortege de Bacchus
"Naila" - Valse  (arr: Minkus)   
3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download  
London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Adrian Boult 
PYE Marble Arch  MAL 677   1967 LP. (originally: PYE NCL 16009)   Recorded: 28 March 1955 - Walthamstow Town Hall 
Slight de-click applied due to minor 'surface noises'.  Excellent playing/performances & good sound-quality...        Not on CD      
Westminster XWN 18241 cover/sleeve-note >>>

09 September 2013

Massimo Freccia / Santa Cecilia - Haydn. Symphony 94 / Mozart. Symphony 40 / Mendelssohn. Symphony 4 - RCA/Readers Digest 1959

Haydn:  Symphony no.94 in G major  ('The Surprise') 
I:  Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai  ~  II:  Andante  ~  III:  Menuetto - Allegro  ~  IV:  Allegro di molto 
Mozart:  Symphony no.40 in G minor, K.550   
I:  Allegro molto  ~  II:  Andante  ~  IIIMenuetto & Trio - Allegretto  ~  IV:  Finale: Allegro assai    
Mendelssohn:  Symphony no.4 in A minor, op.90  ('The Italian')  
I:  Allegro vivace  ~  IIAndante con moto  ~  III:  Con moto moderato  ~  IV:  Saltarello presto    
3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download  
Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome  conducted by  Massimo Freccia  
Readers Digest   RDM 2 / RDM 4  from 1959 Box-set: 'Music of the World's Great Composers'   mono only  Decca LP's/matrices: K80P 4575 -1A / K80P 4576 -1A & K80P 4574 -1A

25 August 2013

Barbirolli / Halle - Vaughan Williams. Symphony 2 - PYE 1958

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Symphony no.2.  "A London Symphony"    
I:  Lento - Allegro risoluto  ~  II:  Lento  ~  III:  Scherzo (Nocturne) Allegro vivace  ~
IV:  Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia (quasi lento) - Allegro - Lento - Epilogue (Andante sostenuto)
FLAC Mega Download
The Halle Orchestra  conducted by  Sir John Barbirolli     
PYE  CCL 30134  1959 LP/matrices: APL.0070 -1W / APL.0071 -4W   
(not Stereo until the feeble 1965 'Golden Guinea')    Recorded: 28-29 Dec 1957 - Free Trade Hall, Manchester
1936 Henry Wood recording on HISTORICAL     EMG review / sleeve-note >>>

20 August 2013

Gina Bachauer plays... Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 - HMV 1957

Sergei RachmaninovPiano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30
IAllegro ma non troppo  ~  II:  Intermezzo (Adagio)   ~  III:  Finale (Alla breve)    
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Gina Bachauer, piano  - London Orchestra  conducted by  Alec Sherman 
HMV  CLP 1138    First edition 1957 LP/matrices: 2XEA 995 -3N / 2XEA 996 -4N    
Recorded: 10 May 1956 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road
Rather un-magical orchestral/piano-playing. The overall sound-balance is less than convincing/detailed (with artificial reverb?).
However, at least the last movement 'comes alive'... Dec.2014. 1.4dB treble EQ added
Not on CD     EMG review  >>>

12 August 2013

Sir Thomas Beecham / French National - Franck. Symphony - HMV 1957

Cesar Franck:
Symphony in D minor  
ILento - Allegro non troppo  ~  IIAllegretto  ~  IIIAllegro non troppo   
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Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham    
HMV  ALP 1686   Original 1959 LP/matrices: 2XLA 36 -1N / 2XLA 37 -1N           
Recorded: 4/5 November 1957 - Salle Wagram, Paris.     
Not on CD    Slightly re-edited Dec.2014 with +1.4dB added treble EQ.   EMG review / sleeve-note >>> 

08 August 2013

Wilhelm Schuchter / Philharmonia - Kodaly. Hary Janos / Dohnanyi. Ruralia Hungarica - Parlophone 1955

Zoltan Kodaly:  "Hary Janos" - suite    
Ernst Dohnanyi:  "Ruralia Hungarica", op.32b  - suite          
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Wilhelm Schüchter  
Parlophone  PMC 1017   1955 LP/matrices: 2XMG 45 -1N / 2XMG 46 -1N   
Recorded: 31 Dec.1952 / 1 Jan.1953  -&-  10 Nov./ 31 Dec.1952                 Not on CD
'Hary Janos' receives a laid-back performance. The gorgeous 'Ruralia Hungarica' has very fine playing.
This original LP chosen instead of the 1966 MFP reissue (MFP2042: first got 45years back..) due to the greater depth/ambience - though with less treble clarity.         Sleeve-note >>>

02 July 2013

Joseph Levine / Ballet Theatre - Bernstein. Fancy Free / Copland. Rodeo - Capitol 1952

Leonard Bernstein:  "Fancy Free" - Ballet
Aaron Copland:  "Rodeo" - Ballet   
Buckaroo Holiday ~ Corral Nocturne ~ Honky Tonk Interlude/Saturday-night Waltz ~ Hoe-Down
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Ballet Theatre Orchestra  conducted by  Joseph Levine  
Capitol  P 8196   1959 EMI LP / Capitol US matrices: P1 8196 D-17 / P2 8196 D-15.   Rec: 13 October 1952    
Sophisticated performances ('Rodeo' sounding especially good) with nice solo playing.
This LP was mastered at quite a low level. Dec.2014: 1.4dB treble EQ added   
Not on CD     EMG reviews / sleeve-note >>>

23 June 2013

Beecham / French National - Bizet. Symphony / Lalo. Symphony - HMV 1958 ..... Library of Congress lectures 1956/7

Georges Bizet:  Symphony in C major
I:  Allegro vivo  ~  II:  Adagio  ~  III:  Allegro vivace  ~  IV:  Allegro vivace
Edouard Lalo:  Symphony in G minor      
I:  Andante  ~  II:  Vivace  ~  III:  Adagio  ~  IV:  Allegro
2 files zip FLAC Mega Download                        
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham  
HMV  ALP 1761    1961 LP/matrices: 2XLA 484 -1N / 2XLA 40 -1N.   Recorded: 7-10 January 1958 / 10-11 June 1958 - Salle Wagram, Paris
"Mozart and his Music"   -&-   "The Changing World of Music"                             2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
2 edited/abridged lectures @ The Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.  (6 February 1956 / 25 February 1957).
EMI / World Records  SH 1008   1979 LP/matrices: 2XEA 6585 -1 / 2XYE 6586 -1  
Not on CD     (The 1958 HMV mono sessions:  stereo recordings: c.Oct-Dec.1959)     EMG review / HMV sleeve-note /additional transfer of Beethoven Sym 7>>>

20 June 2013

Leos Janacek. Z Mrtveho Domu / Vec Makropulos / Cunning Little Vixen / Jenufa - Bakala, Vogel,etc. - Supraphon 1950's

"From the House of the Dead":    Goryantchikov... Vladimir Sauer Alyeya... Marie Steinerova  /  Camp Commandant... Vaclav Halir  /
Old Prisoner... Bohumil Kurfurst  /  Skuratov... Jaroslav Ulrych   /  Chekunov... Frantisek Mikulica  /  Drunken Prisoner... Zdenek Sousek  /  
Schapkin... Jaroslav Jaros  /  Shishkov... Vladimir Bauer   /  Cherevin... Antonin Pelc  /  Don Juan... Eduard Hrobes
Act.1: Intro. / Act.2: Skuratov's story & The Play  / Act.3:  Finale. 
Soloists & Chorus of Janacek Theatre, Brno  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala   
Act.3:  Shishkov's story     - Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Jaroslav Vogel   
4 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
Supraphon  SUA 10095  1963 pressing/matrices: VM 1695/H / VM 1696/C    Recorded: c.mid 1950's?  
"The Makropulos Affair":  Emilia Marty... Zdenka Hrncirova  /  Albert Gregor... Beno Blachut  /  
Kristina... Milada Musilova   /   Baron Jaroslav Prus... Theodor Srubar  /  Janek Prus... Rudolf Vonasek   /    
Dr.Kolenaty... Rudolf Asmus.   - Chorus & Orchestra of Prague National Theatre  conducted by  Jaroslav Vogel  
"Jenufa":   Act.2:  Kostelnitscha's aria.    Marie Steinerova  - Janacek Theatre Orchestra, Brno  conducted by  Frantisek Jilek
"Jenufa":   Act.2:  Jenufa's Prayer.    Libuse Domaninska  - Prague National Theatre Orchestra  conducted by  Milan Sachs  
"The Cunning Little Vixen" - Finale.   Zdenek Kroupa  &  Libuse Domaninska -Janacek Theatre Orchestra, Brno  conducted by  Bohumil Liska  
4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Supraphon  LPV 450   1959 LP/matrices: VM 1151/C / VM 1152/D     Recorded: c.1953?  Good sound-quality - but not the Highest-Fi.  
Surfaces needed slight de-click (1.4) + slight treble increase (=<+1.4dB).   Wonderful performances   Not on CD ?         Sleeve-notes >>>

Files re-instated on PRISTINE CLASSICS    My complaint re: their previous deletion >>>   (** "House of the Dead" was a video-game..) 

07 June 2013

Hollywood String Quartet play.... Schubert / Brahms / Smetana / Dvorak - Capitol 1951-1955

 Franz Schubert:  String Quintet in C major, D.956 **     (with  Kurt Reher, 'cello)
I: Allegro ma non troppo ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Scherzo. Presto -Andante sostenuto -Presto ~ IV: Allegretto      2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Johannes Brahms:  Piano Quintet in F minor, op.44 **    (with  Victor Aller, piano)  
I: Allegro ma non troppo   ~  II: Andante un poco adagio  ~  III: Scherzo. Allegro  ~  IV: Finale                  2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Antonin Dvorak:  String Quartet no.12 in F major, op.96  ('The American')    
I: Allegro ma non troppo   ~  II: Lento  ~  III: Scherzo. Molto vivace  ~  IV: Vivace ma non troppo
Bedrich Smetana:  String Quartet no.1 in E minor  ('From my life')   
I: Allegro vivo appassionato  ~  II: Allegro moderato a la polka  ~  III: Largo sostenuto  ~  IV: Vivace           2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The Hollywood String Quartet:  (Felix Slatkin  &  Paul Shure, violins,  Paul Robyn** / Alvin Dinkin, viola,  Eleanor Aller, 'cello)   
HMV  RLS 765  (HLM 7228-7230)  1982 LP's/matrices: P1 8133 -1U / P2 8133 -1U // P1 8269 -1U / P2 8269 -1U // P2 8307 -2U // P1 8331 -2U.  
Recorded:  15-17 January 1951  /  30-31 March 1954  /  23-24 January 1955  /  2 November 1955 - Capitol Studios, Hollywood.        Re-edited January 2014   
Unlike HERE there's been no 'faking' of the pitch (+ 'typical' screechy/elevated High Frequencies, blurring/information loss, et al. Mr.Pristine's  Smetana mp3 sample starts @ 6:58")

03 June 2013

Robert Irving conducts... Facade / Horoscope (LSO) -&- Lambert / Bliss / Gordon (ROHO) - Decca 1953 / HMV 1956

William Walton:  "Facade" - Suites 1 & 2                        
Constant Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Ballet Suite
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London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Irving 
Decca  LXT 2791   1953 LP/matrices:  ARL1582 -1A / ARL1583 -1A   Dec.2014: '1.3' de-click + 1.4dB treble EQ
Recorded: 10/27 March 1953 + 26-27 February 1953 - Kingsway Hall
Constant Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Valse for the Gemini  /  Arthur Bliss:  "Adam Zero" - Dance of Summer  
Gavin Gordon:  "The Rake's Progress" -  Sarabande & Orgy     3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden  conducted by  Robert Irving     (Very fine playing/sound)
HMV  HQM 1078  (from CLP 1070). 1967 matrix: 2XEA 2916 -1.   (Sleeve-note: Lambert, linked below)
Not on CD.  Lambert conducts Horoscope    Walton conducts Facade/much more    Walton conducts Marches/Troilus & Cressida    EMG reviews / sleeve-note >>>

29 May 2013

Pierre Monteux / Paris Conservatoire - Stravinsky. Le Sacre du Printemps - Decca/RCA 1957

Igor Stravinsky:  "The Rite of Spring"
Part One:  The Fertility of the Earth    
Part Two:  The Sacrifice   
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Paris Conservatoire Orchestra  conducted by  Pierre Monteux  
RCA  RB 16007  1957 Decca pressing/matrices: G2RP 9807/D -1A / G2RP 9808/D -1A.   
Recorded: 2,5,6,11 November 1956 - Salle Wagram, Paris.
This mono LP deleted 1962.   John Culshaw's taping N/A for some 45years. Side 2 transferred by ~+0.5dB (also a bit more 'transparent'). . 
Dec.2014 +1.4dB Treble EQ   Sleeve-note / EMG review /  "The Times" 1913  review of Monteux @ Drury Lane >>>

22 May 2013

Ernest Ansermet / Suisse Romande - Stravinsky. Petrushka -&- Fire Bird - Decca 1949/1950

Igor Stravinsky:  "Fire Bird"  - suite 1910/1919
Introduction & Dance of the Fire Bird  ~ Dance of the Princesses  ~ Dance of King Kastchei  ~ Lullaby  ~ Finale       WAV  Mega Download
Decca  ACL 78    1960 LP/c.1958 matrix: ARL 1808 -2Dr     
Igor Stravinsky:  "Petrushka"  - Ballet 1911  
Side One:  First Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair   /   Second Tableau: In Petrushka's Room
Side Two:  Third Tableau: In the Moor's Room   /  Fourth Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair (evening)
LXT 2502  +   ACL 31      4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  LXT 2502    1952 LP/1949 'Wax' matrices: ARL 222 -3AW / ARL 223 -5AW 
Decca  ACL 31   1958/9 LP/1958 matrices: ARL 222 -1Dr / ARL 223 -2Dr    Rec: Oct.1950 (Fire Bird) -&- 29-30 Nov 1949 - Victoria Hall, Geneva
(LXT 2502: CBS EQ / RIAA playback.  ACL 31 has greater 'clarity'/lower distortion (see comments..).  LXT sleeve-note / EMG reviews  >>>

19 May 2013

Roger Desormiere / Paris Conservatoire - Ibert. Divertissement -&- Poulenc. Les Biches - Decca 1951

Jacques Ibert:  "Divertissement" - for Chamber Orchestra             
(Introduction - Cortege - Nocturne - Valse - Parade - Finale)
Francis Poulenc:  "Les Biches" - Ballet suite 
(Rondeau - Chanson dansee - Adagietto - Rag-Mazurka - Andantino - Finale)
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L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Roger Desormiere
Decca  ACL 189    1963 LP/matrices: ARL 1798 -4Kr / ARL 1280 -2Kr.  
Recorded: 15-20 June 1951 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris.    
This is one of the finest Decca LP's; the Poulenc, especially, being quite superb for performance/sound-quality...         Sleeve-note >>>

12 May 2013

Ljuba Welitsch sings... "Salome" / Mozart / Strauss / Puccini - Reiner / Rudolf - CBS 1949/1950

Side One: Richard Strauss:  "Salome", op.54 - Final Scene
Mozart:  "Don Giovanni" - Or sai chi l'onore  (with Alessio De Paolis, Tenor)  / ..Non mi dir, bell' idol mio
Side Two: Puccini:  "Tosca" - Quagl' occhio al mondo  (with Richard Tucker, Tenor)  /  Vissi d'arte  
Johann Strauss:  "Die Fledermaus" - Klänge der Heimat  /  "Der Zigeunerbaron" - So elend und so treu
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  conducted by  Fritz Reiner  /  Max Rudolf (s.2)                       6 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
CBS Classics 61088  c.1982 UK LP/recut matrices: A2 / B1    Rec: 14/3/1949 - 10 Feb.1950 - 23/3/1950  
Ljuba Welitsch... Austrian Radio 1944  /  Columbia 1947-8  /  Decca 1950  
Richard Strauss: "Salome" - Final Scene (1944/48)    /   Tchaikovsky: "Eugene Onegin"   /   Verdi: "Aida"
Puccini: "Tosca" / "La Boheme"    //   Tchaikovsky: "The Queen of Spades"   /   Verdi: "Un Ballo in Maschera"
Lehar: "Zigeunerliebe" / "Die Lustige Witwe" / "Der Zarewitsch"   /   Millocker: "Grafin Dubarry"
FLAC/WAV files @ http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/ljuba-welitsch-sings-salome    CBS sleeve-note/EMG reviews >>> 

10 May 2013

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts... Elgar -&- German - CBS 1954/EMI 1956

Sir Edward Elgar:  Variations on an original theme, "Enigma", op.36             
Philips  SBR 6224  (10" -1957 reissue). Matrices: AA 06686 1R -8 / 2R -9   Rec: 26/27 Nov.1954 - Walthamstow Town Hall (+ 13/14 Dec.1954)
Sir Edward German:  "Gipsy suite" - Four characteristic dances:                   
Valse melancholique (Lonely Life) ~ Allegro di Bravura (The Dance) ~ Menuetto (Love Duet) ~ Tarantella (The Revel)
HMV  ALP 1983   First edition 1963 LP/matrix: 2XEA 2164 -1N.  Recorded: 1956
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham, Bart.    
An 'HISTORICAL' Request... Had intended including SBR 6225 (Str.Ser./Cockaigne) but the former may not be suitable to transfer due to some surface noise (the performance is pretty bad - hardly justifies inclusion instead of, eg, the 'Not on CD' Collins/NSO or Collingwood/LSO).
Much of this 'Enigma' isn't to my taste - the Faure-like languorous drawl is quite enervating. Presumably EMI used a stereo tape for the CD issue of the 'Gipsy Suite'.   

Elgar: 1955 EMG review / 1975 CBS sleeve-note / HMV sleeve >>>    Extra!  "Beecham in Rehearsal" -Book CD/EMI: 10 track mono FLAC 7-zipfolder: Mega Download

05 May 2013

Holst. The Planets - London Philharmonic / Sir Adrian Boult - Nixa/Westminster 1954

Gustav Holst:  "The Planets" suite, op.32   
1: Mars, the Bringer of War  ~  2: Venus, the Bringer of Peace  ~  3: Mercury, the Winged Messenger      //    
4: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity  ~  5: Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age  ~  6: Uranus, the Magician  ~  7: Neptune, the Mystic.
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London Philharmonic Choir -&- London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Adrian Boult   
PYE/Nixa  NLP 903   CBS matrices: XTV20373 -1E / XTV20374 -1AB  (c.1956 LP/c.1954/5 recut: marginally superior to the original 1A/1A).
Recorded: 10-14 September 1953 - Walthamstow Town Hall                                                          1945 BBC SO / Boult - on HISTORICAL
Even The Record Guide, 1955, commented upon some noisy surfaces; so the manual editing has been extremely tedious.    
Very slight de-click applied due to some residual (now very minor) low-level 'surface-noise'.            Sleeve-note >>>

28 April 2013

Szymanowski. Violin Concertos 1 -&- 2 (Wilkomirska / Treger) - Muza 1961/2

Karol Szymanowski:
Violin Concerto no.1, op.35  (1916)     
Wanda Wilkomirska, violin                             
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Witold Rowicki   
Violin Concerto no.2, op.61  (1932/3)  
Charles Treger, violin
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Satanowski                           2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Rediffusion Aurora  AUR 5063     STEREO   1978 Nimbus LP/matrices   (Polskie Nagrania/Muza  SX 0383 stereo)    Sleeve-note >>>
www.musica-classica.it  - Cosa state ascoltando? Anno 2013: Pagini 540/541 - "Due superbe incisioni dei Concerti per violino di Szymanowski, magnificamente restaurate da LP" 

26 April 2013

Bernard Vitebsky / Mervyn Vicars - Beethoven. Piano Concerto 3 - Concert Artist 1955

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra no.3 in C minor, op.37  
I:  Allegro con brio  (cadenza: Ignaz Moscheles)  ~  II:  Largo  ~  III:  Allegro - Presto             
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Bernard Vitebsky, piano  ~ Concert Artist Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Mervyn Vicars  
SAGA/ARC Fidelity  FDY 2043   Re-issued 1963  (originally: Concert Artist  LPA 1079...that LP catalogue deleted almost immediately..)   
Recorded: late 1954/early 1955 - Levy's Sound Studios, London ?
The performance/recording is really quite good; especially side 1/the excellent Moscheles cadenza.  Slight 'De-Click' applied.   
Not on CD.   Original cover 'design' / 2007 Obituary >>>   

17 April 2013

Colin Davis / English Chamber Orchestra - Haydn. Symphony 84 / Mozart. Concertone K.190 - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1961

W.A.Mozart:  Concertone for 2 violins, oboe & violoncello, K.190
I:  Allegro spirituoso  ~  II:  Andantino grazioso  ~  III:  Tempo di Menuetto - Vivace          FLAC  Mega Download   
(Emanuel Hurwitz & Eli Goren, violins - Peter Graeme, oboe - Terence Weil, 'cello)  
Josef Haydn:  Symphony no.84 in E flat major     
I:  Largo - Allegro  ~  II:  Andante  ~  III:  Menuet - Allegretto  ~  IV:  Vivace                        FLAC  Mega Download
English Chamber Orchestra  conducted by  Colin Davis  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  SOL 60030   STEREO  Original 1961 LP/matrices: ZTT 551 -1D / ZTT 552 -1D.   Recorded: 1960 (London: IBC Studios ?)  
Haydn:  Not on CD  (Mozart: Decca Eloquence)  Re-edited March 2014    EMG review + Sleeve-note >>>

07 April 2013

Richard Strauss. "Salome" - Wiener Symphoniker / Rudolf Moralt - Philips 1953

Richard Strauss:  "Salome"  - A Music Drama in One Act  (1905)
Salome............................ Walburga WegnerSoprano  
Jochanaan........................... Josef Metternich,  Baritone
Herodes................................ Laszlo Szemere,  Tenor
Herodias................................. Georgine von Milinkovic,  Mezzo-Soprano
Narraboth.................................. Waldemar Kmentt,  Tenor
Ein Page...................................... Dagmar Hermann,  Contralto
Erster Nazarener / Ein Cappadocier......... Oskar Czerwenka,  Bass
Zweiter Nazarener............................... Walter Berry,  Bass
Erster Soldat....................................... Adolf Vogel,  Bass
Zweiter Soldat........................................ Harald Proglhoff,  Bass
Ein Sklave................................................ Dorothea Frass,  Soprano
Erster Jude................................................. August Jaresch,  Tenor
Zweiter Jude.................................................. Fritz Sperlbauer,  Tenor
Dritter Jude..................................................... William Wernigk,  Tenor
Vierter Jude....................................................... Erich Majkut,  Tenor
Funfter Jude......................................................... Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Bass
Vienna Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Rudolf Moralt   
Side 1: Scenes 1,2,3  /  Side 2: Scenes 3,4  /  Side 3: Scene 4/Salome's Dance  /   Side 4: Scene 4     
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Philips  6747 406 (2LP's)  c.1979 Dutch pressings/matrices: 1/2/1/1  (originally: Philips A 00163/64 L)
Recorded: December 1952.    1954 'Die Zeit' review - pdf available      1954 3pp booklet notes/EMG reviews >>>