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

SIBELIUS Memorial Concert, Songs

"How skillfully Mr. Simila balanced his orchestral forces ... how well he graded his climaxes so he always had the resources needed for the greatest ones ... the dark richness of color he evoked from Sibelius’ tonal palette ... Mr. Bjoerling sang with finely sustained, sonorous tones" - NY Times, 1957

This release pairs a previously-unissued memorial concert which took place exactly 60 years ago on what would have been Sibelius' 92nd birthday, featuring the 4th Symphony, En Saga, Finlandia and Five Songs performed by Jussi Björling and the New York Philharmonic, with an album recorded just two months later by Kirsten Flagstad and the London Symphony Orchestra of a 14-Song Recital, which received rave reviews on vinyl issues but has never appeared outside a pricey CD box set:

"Flagstad's Sibelius ... is an indispensible record in any Sibelius collection.  ... recommended with the greatest possible enthusiasm" - The Gramophone, 1970

Die Meistersinger: Hans Hotter's Sachs

"This is perhaps the best all-round Meistersinger I have ever heard. The main reason is Hotter's Sachs, which I had never heard before and which is surely one of the greatest operatic characterizations ever put on record ... This portrayal of Sachs could only have been arrived at by a man who constantly searched for understanding and left no possibility untried. Not only is Hotter musically splendid, in perfect control of his great voice; he is also alive to every nuance of every line in a way that is constantly illuminating yet never forced or overdone. Even Schorr pales by comparison." - William Youngren, Fanfare, 1984

Now XR remastered by Pristine from digital transfers of the original 15 IPS Bavarian Radio master tapes, this incredible 1949 performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg truly comes alive in this fabulous new release. An exceptional addition to any Wagnerian's music collection.

Reiner conducts Wagner

Despite being regarded as one of the great Wagner conductors of his age - he conducted a performance of Tristan und Isolde in front of an audience of 12,000 in New York's Lewisohn Stadium in 1937 - Fritz Reiner recorded very little of the composer's music, and of that, much has been neglected.

Here Mark Obert-Thorn has brought together all of Reiner’s commercially-issued 78-era recordings of Wagner, squeezing them all onto a single CD with preludes and orchestral interludes and music from six operas: Die Meistersinger, Parsifal, Die Walküre, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Siegfried.

With many of these recordings, made between 1938 and 1941, cut onto wide-frequency 33 1/3 rpm lacquer master discs, sound quality is unusually high for the era, and with quiet vinyl used as sources Mr. Obert-Thorn has once again produced a superb and historic release.

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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