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Albert Coates conducts Mozart and Beethoven

"The first and last movements are, I think, the most successful, and these really thrilled me ... this is certainly the best Eroica I have heard on the gramophone, and it is quite complete."
- The Gramophone, 1927 

"Coates is more at home in that Jovian last movement (you can imagine his godlike gestures in conducting this). Some of the detail is unclear, but that is almost inevitable. He gives us the gorgeous sweep of the thing. The showy Impresario Overture comes off with a hearty swing."
- The Gramophone, 1928

Conventional wisdom maintains that the Historically Informed Performance movement rescued Classical-era works from the stodginess of big orchestra performances.  The present recordings are, perhaps, exceptions that prove the rule.  No one could ever accuse Albert Coates (1882 - 1953) of being stodgy in any repertoire; but his tempi in the works of Mozart and Beethoven stand out particularly in the context of most other conductors of his era. These new transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn are brilliant examples of a fantastic, forward looking conductor pushing the London Symphony Orchestra to its limits.

MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
Impressario Overture
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3, “Eroica”

Albert Coates conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra 

Recorded 1926-27

PASC455 (71:42)


Del Monaco sings Andrea Chénier

"The music, the singing and the playing are overwhelming in this production ... Warren, playing the revolutionary, Gerard, was the triumphant performer last night, singing with artistry and fervor, and he won a well-deserved ovation from the audience for his role in the tribunal scene. Zinka Milanov sang beautifully, too, as Maddalena, and did a spellbinding job in the duet that closes the opera. As for Del Monaco - well, here is a young tenor with drive and a sure-fire stage personality and he made an exciting Chénier with his strong top tones and decisive acting."
- New York News, opening night review

“This strong-voiced tenor of the brilliant high notes created an atmosphere of such vibrance ... his Chenier seemed indeed the idealistic, amorous and unfortunate young poet of the Revolution”
- Philadelphia Bulletin

Fabulous sound quality from this 1954 live broadcast, with excellent performances: Zinka Milanov is just assuming a role that she would keep until her retirement, and it’s generally quite kind to the soprano; Mario Del Monaco in the title role has all the swagger and gleaming top notes that these verismo operas need; Leonard Warren is an excellent Gerard. Unmissable!

GIORDANO Andrea Chénier

Mario Del Monaco tenor
Zinka Milanov soprano
Leonard Warren baritone
Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Fausto Cleva

Live recording, 1954
PACO128 (1hr 48:25)


Verdi - Aïda

"Some of the finest Verdi singing on record"
- MusicWeb International

"No complete version has ever equaled it"
- Fanfare

"Close to perfection as regards Verdian interpretation"
- Gramophone

The classic 1955 Rome recording of Verdi's Aïda has long been regarded as one of the finest operatic recordings ever made, with a cast and conductor who, together, produced "an Aida that towers over the many estimable efforts that followed this milestone into the recorded repertoire" (Fanfare).

These new transfers, from superb original RCA Victor vinyl sources, have been brilliantly XR-remastered by Andrew Rose at Pristine for this release. Never has this masterful performance sounded quite so magnificent!


Zinka Milanov soprano
Fedora Barbieri mezzo-soprano
Jussi Björling tenor
Leonard Warren baritone
Boris Christoff bass
Plinio Clabassi bass
Mario Carlin tenor
Bruna Rizzoli soprano

Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Jonas Perlea

Recorded in Rome, 1955
PACO127 (2hr 26:44 - 2CDs)

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

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