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


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Klemperer and Blech

Klemperer and Blech conduct Richard Strauss

The complete Richard Strauss orchestral music recorded during the 78 rpm era by Otto Klemperer and Leo Blech - Klemperer’s recordings impress with their vitality (these must be among the fastest performances of Don Juan and Till on disc) and a surprisingly modern approach, both in terms of interpretation and ensemble playing. Blech, who was Klemperer’s senior by fourteen years, is more of the old school in terms of elastic tempi and orchestral playing. His Death and Transfiguration is a rare opportunity to hear him in an extended work.

Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Salome – Dance of the Seven Veils
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Intermezzo
Death and Transfiguration
Der Rosenkavalier – Waltzes

Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Otto Klemperer ∙ Leo Blech

Recorded 1928/29 - PASC419  (69:52)


Hanson conducts his Merry Mount

A remarkable find that languished for decades in the archives: a stereo recording of celebrated American composer and conductor Howard Hanson conducting his only opera, Merry Mount - the première of which, 70 years ago - still holds the Met Opera's record for curtain calls. This is the only extant complete recording of Hanson conducting the work. Never previously issued, it has been XR-remastered by Andrew Rose for Pristine Audio for this very special release.

Hanson Merry Mount

Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Eastman School of Music 
Howard Hanson, conductor

Recorded 1955  
PACO108 (1 hr 51:38)


Horenstein conducts Stravinsky

"Horenstein's view of this work adds to a feeling of greater astringency and earthiness [than] the [mono] sound picture conveys. That taken into account there is much to admire and enjoy" - MusicWeb International, 2000

Recorded by Vox in stereo in 1957, mysteriously Horenstein's only Rite of Spring has always had a mono release only, save for an obscure mis-named 70s stereo LP only recently properly identified as this amazing recording. Now fully remastered in glorious 32-bit XR stereo from Pristine and available digitally for the first time alongside his Grand Prix du Disque award-winning Symphony of Psalms from 1953.

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

SWR Symphony Orchestra
French Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein

Recorded 1953/57 
PASC 418 (56:57)

Pristine Classical - what the reviewers say:

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