Pristine Classical

The finest historic recorded music, remastered to award-winning acclaim

Pristine Classical

The finest historic recorded music, remastered to award-winning acclaim

Pristine Classical

The finest historic recorded music, remastered to award-winning acclaim

Pristine Classical

The finest historic recorded music, remastered to award-winning acclaim

Pristine Classical

The finest historic recorded music, remastered to award-winning acclaim

Most Recent Releases

Heifetz - Rare & Unheard Concerto Recordings

Jascha Heifetz gave the US première of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in 1937 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitzky and three days later made his first successful large scale RCA recording with the same piece and orchestra. He we find them some twelve years later, in a recording of both the Prokofiev and Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto made surreptitiously at Boston's Symphony Hall using a concealed microphone.

With XR remastering and restoration the resultant sound is remarkably fine, and it gives us a rare opportunity to hear these musicians in concert without the knowledge of microphones being present and the possibility of the music being captured for future listeners - in short, it's the real deal.

The third work here is the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, in a version derived from two of Heifetz's regular NBC broadcasts in a radio (and later TV) series called The Bell Telephone Hour, largely given over to shorter works. Recorded in live broadcasts from the same studio some two years apart, with the Bell Telephone Orchestra under Donald Voorhees, this is the first time these recordings have been brought together and released as a whole.

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 2

"There is no end to the marvel of music as familiar as Beethoven’s Second and Fourth Symphonies and the third “Leonore” overture, which Mr. Toscanini performed for the second program of the Beethoven series he gave with the NBC Symphony Orchestra last night in Radio City. How can any music, so well known, so endlessly played, keep its extraordinary significance?

The reason, of course, lay in the wholly exceptional performance, which, whether or not the listener agreed with their every aspect, were fully abreast of Mr. Toscanini’s customary standards of tonal beauty, meticulous finish, grace and power; and, on occasion, the passionate torrent of Beethoven's feeling, which sweeps everything before it." - New York Times, 1939

This year sees the 80th anniversary of Toscanini's legendary 1939 Beethoven Cycle with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. This unique series of concerts unfolded over six weeks of extended broadcasts beginning October 28th and running up to the grand finale at Carnegie Hall on 3rd December, and each is getting release on Pristine. This second volume adds the Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 4 to the series, together with the Third Leonore Overture.

BEECHAM conducts the Berlioz Requiem

"Berlioz’s astonishing Requiem is a work very dear to the heart of Sir Thomas Beecham. He has in any case a special sympathy for the mixture of passion and fastidiousness, elegance and sonorous curiosity in Berlioz, all indeed which poises this genius between classic and romantic ideals, and therewith made him for so long an enigma in the story of music. The Requiem, if not the greatest of Berlioz’s works, has a special curiosity appeal since it is gravely noble as well as amazingly original: the contrast of timbres and textures between movements is itself striking, and to these Berlioz adds many, many new effects whose realization gives special scope to another of Sir Thomas Beecham’s qualities, his remarkable ear for orchestral balance."

...It was a noble and beautiful performance; to have heard the Lacrymosa so performed was to understand why Sir Thomas Beecham cherishes Berlioz, and why we should cherish him too. " - The Times, 1959

This week's release brings you Sir Thomas Beecham's final Royal Albert Hall concert, so perfectly described by the Times music critic, performed just six months before his death in the spring of 1960. This new XR remastering of the BBC concert broadcast recording brings new clarity and sense of scale to this landmark performance.

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What the reviewers say

FURTWÄNGLER Wagner Ring Cycle: 4. Götterdämmerung (1950, La Scala) - PACO093

Flagstad pours it on—the quality of her voice and her stamina are remarkable

Fanfare magazine

KLEMPERER in Philadelphia, Vol. 1: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms (1962) - PASC465

This “Eroica” is one of Klemperer’s great statements of the work

Fanfare magazine

LEINSDORF Wagner: Die Walküre (1940, Met) - PACO125

Probably the most significant recording to come along since the recent Wagner bicentennial

The Washington Post

TOSCANINI All-Verdi Concert (1943) - PACO106

Never have I heard the entire broadcast in such excellent sound ... one of the greatest of all Toscanini concerts

Fanfare magazine