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




Karl Böhm conducts Bruckner 7

Karl Böhm's essential wartime recording of Bruckner's Seventh with the Vienna Philharmonic is given a full sonic makeover in this new XR-remastered edition, correcting multitudinous pitching issues and bringing a whole new sound palette to this early example of taped orchestral recording.

"- It bristles with expression, in structure as well, and the young Böhm is fearless in bringing all this out. His later recordings tend to be a bit more prosaic, unfortunately, and I much prefer this over the later ones with the Vienna Philharmonic, for example...  

- Everyone should hear this. I came to it new last week, and I found it really exciting...  

- Yes, it’s definitely to be recommended" 

CD Review, BBC Radio Three, December 2014

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Malcolm Sargent, conductor

Recorded 1943  
PASC 435 (67:19)


Horenstein conducts Rathaus, Korngold and Schreker

Karol Rathaus was one of Horenstein's oldest and closest friends; Erich Wolfgang Korngold grew up in the same musical world as Horenstein in Vienna; Horenstein studied composition with Schreker, first as a private student then later in his class at the Hochschule in Berlin. This release presents the music of three composers close to Horenstein's heart. 

The major work is the world première performance - and recording - of Rathaus's Symphony No. 3, made by the BBC in 1956, a couple of years after the composer's death and some 13 years after it was written. The Korngold was recorded as an extra during sessions with the RPO in 1965 for Reader's Digest and was produced by the composer's son. The Schreker, like the Rathaus, is a BBC recording, this time for a live concert broadcast. Neither the Rathaus nor the Schreker has been released before.

RATHAUS Symphony No. 3 (world première)
KORNGOLD Prelude and Carnival Music from Violanta
SCHREKER Prelude to a Drama 

Jascha Horenstein, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra 

Recorded 1956-65  
PASC434 (71:50)


Horenstein conducts Brahms - and Bruch with Oistrakh

The first two of just eight studio recordings Horenstein made with the LSO were both classics: Brahms' Symphony No. 1, made for a Reader's Digest release, and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (originally billed as a violin concerto) with David Oistrakh.

"This really is a profoundly impressive account of Brahms's First Symphony and one which proves, yet again, that the late Jascha Horenstein was a most unusual kind of conductor: not, by all accounts, an efficient technician, but possessing such musical understanding and artistic integrity that orchestras responded to him with greater sympathy than to many a more commanding figure." - THOMAS HEINITZ, Records & Recordings, on Brahms.

"The performance of the Bruch is superlative, with Oistrakh, the LSO and Horenstein really making a banquet of it; I cannot imagine a finer." - The Gramophone, 1963, on Bruch.

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
Scottish Fantasy 

Jascha Horenstein, conductor
David Oistrakh, violin
London Symphony Orchestra

Recorded 1962
PASC436 (76:18)

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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