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Pristine Classical:  the finest historic recorded music, remastered to award-winning acclaim!

 


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The Music of Harl McDonald - Volume Two

The second of three planned volumes reintroducing the music of a forgotten American composer, Harl McDonald - brought forward through popular demand after the success of Volume One!

"Among historical reissues this year, I heard none more important than Pristine’s CD devoted to the music of Harl McDonald. The influences here on McDonald’s compositions are manifold: Hebrew, African-American, Latin, folk song of the American West, and English ballads. Yet everything comes out sounding like Harl McDonald—good-natured, genial, Romantic, and beautifully orchestrated."
- Dave Saemann, Fanfare 2014

Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
My Country at War
Songs of Conquest
John Christopher Smith Miniature Suite
Children’s Symphony

Jeanne Behrend, Alexander Kelberine - piano
Leopold Stokowski • Eugene Ormandy
Arthur Fiedler • Harl McDonald

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler’s Sinfonietta
University of Pennsylvania Choral Society

Recorded 1937-1950  
PASC430  (78:06)

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Horenstein conducts Bruckner

The 1950s Vox Horenstein Bruckner 8 and 9, 32-bit XR-remastered in sound quality never previously experienced in these classic recordings.

"This is the sort of production that puts music-lovers in great debt to the gramophone: fine music rarely heard in this country, a deeply convincing performance, and a recording that is a complete success. 

With a performance such as this, spacious and beautifully judged as it is, there is little need for hesitancy. Whatever one gets out of it at a first hearing, I think it would be impossible to reach the end of this record without the feeling that one had been through something in the way of a deep and great experience. I cannot over-praise Horenstein's handling of this score and the orchestra gives us lovely playing throughout. Finally, as I have said, Vox have produced a really fine recording with a rich quality of sound that is just what Bruckner’s music wants—above all, fine string tone and with plenty of double-bass to give the whole sound solidity. This is a record not to miss."
- The Gramophone, 1955

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9

Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein, conductor 

Recorded 1953 & 1955  
PASC429 (2hr 9:43)


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Suzanne Danco's Complete Schumann Lieder

Finally receiving its first modern transfer and remastering, Suzanne Danco's rare 1949 Decca recording of Dichterliebe made a brief appearance on 78s and then a an early 10" LP but hasn't been seen since, and has been passed over by other record companies who've been busy reissuing this wonderful Belgian soprano's recordings. Here it's partnered with her only other Schumann recording, made also with favoured accompanist Guido Agosti ("there can be no higher praise ... his performance is a delight throughout"), the 1952 Liederkreis, Op. 39, of which The Gramophone wrote: "Suzanne Danco's musicianly phrasing and pure tone are as pleasing as ever".

"Suzanne Danco, like Lotte Lehmann, is far too good a singer and musician to fail in her task [as a woman rather than a man singing Dichterliebe], and I doubt if even, in the Askel Schiotz-Gerald Moore recording which I reviewed in April, 1946, that the balance was as good as it is here... Miss Danco’s Die Rose, die Lilie is done with greater lightness of tone. Her tone is by nature bright and cool, her legato singing very fine, and she does bring tenderness into the tenth and twelfth songs, which are quite lovely."
-A. R. The Gramophone on Dichterliebe (1950) 

SCHUMANN  Dichterliebe
SCHUMANN  Liederkreis 

Suzanne Danco, soprano
Guido Agosti, piano

Recorded 1949 & 1952 
PACO116 (51:53)

Pristine Classical - what the reviewers say:

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These transfers represent such clean, careful, and intelligent work that they still demand to be heard" - Fanfare
"Pristine Audio is to be commended for their stunning remastering" - Classical CD Review
"Recording quality such as could only be dreamed of back then..." - MusicWeb International
"The Pristine sound has a clarity, body, presence and focus..." - International Record Review
"Quite a revelation - they've done an amazing job!" - CD Review, BBC Radio Three
"Studio 8-H is transformed into a free, open space, as beautifully atmospheric as the originals were dead" - Classical Recordings Quarterly
"The SACD was nice, but next to the Pristine remasterings, the piano was rather wooden-sounding and somewhat opaque..." - Audiophile Audition