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Huberman: Beethoven & Brahms Violin Concertos

‘As soon as Brahms heard the sound of the violin, he pricked up his ears, during the Andante he wiped his eyes, and after the finale he went into the green room, embraced the young fellow, and stroked his cheeks.’ - Max Kalbeck, 1896

Two classic performances, one in the studio, one live, from one of the greatest and most under-recorded violinists of the 20th century. "There are no greater violin recordings in existence, and I urge you to hear - no, to buy them." - Rob Cowan, Gramophone

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Brahms Violin Concerto

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
George Szell/Artur Rodzinsky - conductors
Bronislaw Huberman, violin

Recorded 1934/44 - PASC421  (76:23)


Schnabel plays Schubert Impromptus

"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

Recorded 1950  
PAKM064 (57:18)


Kondrashin: Concerto conductor

Two brilliant soloists - Van Cliburn and Rostropovich - and two classic recordings of essential concertos for their respective instruments carry a common thread, the brilliant conductor accompanist, Kirill Kondrashin. Both recordings are brought new life and light through these new 32-bit XR remasters for Pristine by Andrew Rose.

"Van Cliburn’s recorded performance of the concerto is a very good one. Kondrashin and Van Cliburn shape the music well, and not by any means only with the requirements of virtuoso pianism in mind; some passages indeed are taken rather more deliberately than is customary (and are the gainers from it)" - The Gramophone, 1958

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1

Van Cliburn, piano
Rostropovich, Cello
RCA Victor SO/Czech Philharmonic
Kirill Kondrashin, conductor 

Recorded 1958/60 
PASC 420 (62:35)

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