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

Pristine Classical

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

Most Recent Releases

Sir Dan Godfrey - A Sesquicentennial Salute

The name of Sir Dan Godfrey may be new to you. It certainly was to Pristine when Mark Obert-Thorn spotted and relayed to us the news that this redoubtable conductor and champion of classical music in the modest south coast English seaside resort of Bournemouth would have been celebrating his 150th birthday on Wednesday, 20 June.

Starting quite literally from nothing in the late Victorian era, Godfrey built an orchestra which, now as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, lives on to this day. The  orchestra's conductor and founder, he ran the ensemble for more than forty years, conducting thousands of concerts and promoting innumerable new works and composers.

Godfrey also had a briefly prolific recording career, including the highlight of this release, Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, recorded for Columbia in 1927 with what was almost certainly the London Symphony Orchestra, receiving here its first post-78rpm release, together with a selection of overtures, marches and short works by a wide variety of composers. A fascinating chapter of musical history.

Joan Sutherland - Classic & Rare!

This remarkable release of music starring the unsurpassed talent of Joan Sutherland combines the classic and the rare in a 2CD album release. The classic is her 1959 recording with Peter Pears and Sir Adrian Boult of Handel's opera Acis and Galatea, in a superb new stereo XR remastering by Andrew Rose.

"Joan Sutherland is a perfect Galatea ... Her singing of "Hush the pretty warbling choir" and "As when the dove" puts her on a pedestal of classic elegance" - The Gramophone

It's one of the classics of the recorded catalogue, with Sutherland's interpretation never bettered.

Also included are two recitals where La Stupenda is joined by husband Richard Bonynge at the keyboard - piano and harpsichord - for a series of songs and arias drawn largely from the later baroque and classical eras. Once again her performances are exquisite in these rare recordings, a number of which may be getting their first outing in this release.

Bernstein's Amazing Debut Concert!

On the morning of Sunday, 14 November, 1943, 25-year-old Leonard Bernstein got a call from the New York Philharmonic. Bruno Walter was too ill to conduct that afternoon's 3pm broadcast concert in Carnegie Hall. Could their newly-appointed assistant conductor step in? No, sorry, there wasn't time to rehearse with the orchestra...

A very few hours later the young composer/conductor stepped onto the podium for the first time ... and brought the house down. In the middle of a war it was front page news the next morning. Hear that concert, as broadcast nationwide by CBS radio, in this amazing new release from Pristine, and find out what the fuss was all about! Truly a moment of history in the making.

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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