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



Weingartner's 1926 Beethoven 9th

One of the first major landmark recordings of the so-called "electrical" recording era that began with the first use of microphones on disc the previous summer, Weingartner's March 1926 recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has never sounded better than this new transfer from Mark Obert-Thorn, with additional pitch stabilisation from Andrew Rose correcting inherent pitching flaws for the first time ever.

"We have gone far in the last few months, and this Ninth is an earnest of what will in time be possible ... those who are satisfied with a good measure of achieve­ment may safely invest in this Ninth, and will surely enjoy it." - The Gramophone, 1926

The release brings to a close Pristine's two-year Columbia Beethoven Centennial Series project, available across five volumes, featuring all nine symphonies plus additional material, conducted by six of the world's foremost conductors at the time, one of, if not the most ambitious music recording project of the 1920s. The full series can now be obtained as a FLAC download or 5-CD set with a 10% discount - click here for more details.

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 9 "Choral"

Soloists, Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Felix Weingartner, conductor

Recorded 1926
PASC427  (61:43)


Toscanini conducts La Bohème

A fabulous new XR remastering of this timeless classic recording brings incredibly vibrant sound quality to Toscanini's La Bohème.

"Toscanini's hand-picked cast for the broadcasts of February 3 and 10, 1946, was as good as any in the world at the time. Licia Albanese as Mimi was the finest interpreter of the role since Geraldine Farrar. The broadcast found her in lovely voice, and she turns in a touching performance that never becomes hackneyed or tiresome. Her crystalline “Mi chiamano Mimi” and her rapturous duet with Jan Peerce as Rodolfo, “O soave fanciulla,” remain evergreen ... Every other that has been made or will be made in the future, will be reduced to fighting it out for the number two position. Number one will remain, unassailably, Arturo Toscanini's."
- Fanfare, 1991


Licia Albanese (Soprano)
Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Other soloists (see full notes)
NBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini, conductor

Recorded 1949  
PACO110 (1hr 41:34)


Mahler 9 - unheard Horenstein

"A vibrant and meditative interpretation, a transcendent recreation of this farewell to the world"  - Les Nouvelles litteraires (original concert review)

Jascha Horenstein conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony live in 1960.

This previously unreleased recording, made at the closing concert of the Vienna Festival in June 1960, shows the Mahlerian master at his finest, and in superb sound quality, in a recording from the archives of the conductor's cousin, Misha Horenstein and generously offered to Pristine for restoration, remastering and release here at Pristine Classical.

It follows the release earlier this year of our most popular recording of 2014 so far, Horenstein's Mahler 5 (PASC416), and is surely bound to be another smash hit!


MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein, conductor

Recorded 1960 
PASC426 (79:11)

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