When three of the finest instrumentalists of the twentieth century joined forces to make these recordings, the results should have been sensational. Instead the sound listeners heard on those RCA LPs was what one reviewer called "dry and hard and so close to the instruments, particularly to the violin, that one has the impression of microphones devouring it before an acoustic can intervene. Either that or it has been passed through some kind of drying agent to remove all reverberation."
These new Pristine XR remasters set out to fix that and more. The results are - sensational!
BEETHOVEN Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1
BEETHOVEN Trio in D major, Op. 9, No. 2
BEETHOVEN Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
Jascha Heifetz, violin
William Primrose, viola
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
"How beautifully Schnabel plays the quiet modulation of G minor to A flat major, one of Schubert's magical touches. There is some waywardness about the tempo and one is reminded of Schnabel's views about the playing of triplets in the course of the piece, but this is most endearing and masterly playing and, if expectation be fulfilled, I look forward greatly to the appearance of the remainder of the set, the G flat major particularly." - The Gramophone, 1951
Originally recorded for 78rpm release, poor piano tone has always been the Achilles heel of this wonderful set of Schubert Impromptus. This release, thanks to Pristine's XR remastering, aims to finally resolve this problem. Schnabel's Schubert has never sounded so good!
Schubert 4 Impromptus, D.899
Schubert 4 Impromptus, D.935
Artur Schnabel, piano
This remarkable release, a collaboration between Mark Obert-Thorn and Andrew Rose, brings together almost all the known "accidental stereo" classical recordings onto a single release. Using new technology and new techniques brilliantly to marry up 78rpm sides cut from different microphones, we recreate authentic stereo sonic imagery before stereo had been officially "invented", more accurately and convincingly than has ever been possible until now. The results are incredible to hear, taking you back 85 years in a way that mono recordings simply can't. As essential listen!
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Elgar Cockaigne Overture
Sir Edward Elgar - BBC Symphony Orchestra
Serge Koussevitzky - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski - The Philadelphia Orchestra
PASC 422 (74:03)
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