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Munch

Munch Boston Rarities

"Russian-American composer Alexei Haieff’s Symphony No. 2, a transcription of an earlier piano sonata, comes from what is perhaps the rarest Munch/Boston disc. It was originally coupled with Easley Blackwood’s Symphony No. 1. While the Blackwood work saw an approved CD release on the Cedille label, the Haieff remained in limbo, leading to the original “Living Stereo” LP’s becoming a sought-after collector’s item. It is now restored to availability from its first and only “1S/1S” pressing." - Mark Obert-Thorn

BEETHOVEN Gratulations-Menuet
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
BLOCH Schelomo
HAIEFF Symphony No. 2

Recorded 1949-58
PASC417  (79:45)

Hanson

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

Horenstein conducts Mahler 5

"He reminds one of the young Klemperer who, it is said, reminded his audiences of the young Mahler..." (1927 concert review)

Of the three extant recordings of the symphony conducted by Horenstein, the Berlin Philharmonic performance is by far the most dramatic, a white-hot, tension-filled, powerfully driven presentation that confirms Horenstein's widely recognized and unrivaled authority in this repertoire.

Mahler Symphony No. 5

Berlin Philharmonic, Horenstein

Edinburgh Festival, 1961 
PASC 416 (75:52)

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