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

Fabien Sevitzky in Indianapolis

"Fabien Sevitzky appears to have been an excellent conductor, eminently deserving of renewed attention. In these performances he imposes tight orchestral discipline and firm tempos, but he also generates rhythmic vitality, urgent momentum, and dramatic excitement. The Indianapolis Symphony, too, long ensconced as a respected but not renowned member of the second tier of American orchestras, shows itself to have been a very fine ensemble in this era. The sound quality of Obert-Thorn’s restorations is good enough that listeners could contemplate purchasing this release simply for enjoyment of the works included, and not just for its historical value. I look forward with eager anticipation to further releases in this series." - Fanfare, 2017, on Volume One

Previous volumes have featured a wide variety of music, from Brahms to Gershwin, Dvorak to Enescu - but it has to be said that the majority of composers represented thus far have, unsurprisingly, been Russian.

Volume Four continues this trend, with two Russian first symphonies - from Tchaikovsky  and the less well-known Vasily Kalinnikov. The latter is best known by his Symphony No. 1, premièred in 1897 just four years before his premature death from tuberculosis at the age of just 35.

Newly transferred and restored by Mark Obert-Thorn, this is another fine-sounding release that proves just what a fabulous combination Sevitzky and the Indianpolis orchestra were.

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 4

"Mr. Toscanini would probably agree with the Arabian philosopher who discovered in a small ring the reflection of the completeness of the universe. Here, in simple melodic lines and small dimensioned forms, are the profound formal ideas which underly the symphonies. The enchanting simplicity of the Septet, in a word, is matched by its consumate workmanship. To achieve a like simplicity and mastery in performance is an accomplishment of only secondary magnitude. Mr. Toscanini accomplished this so felicitously that at times one wanted to laugh aloud in sheer exhilaration at his achievement. There were not only grace and wit, but also a pervasive beauty of song in the playing which provided the last essential of a great interpretation.

The utter absence of bombast or mere dramatic rhetoric, and the quintessence of drama and heroism in the “Egmont” score were precisely reflected in the performance. The Beethoven Seventh Symphony had the same unsurpassable sincerity and complete absence of effect for effect’s sake, or for any reasons save those both implicit and explicit in the score." The New York Times, 1939

This year sees the 80th anniversary of Toscanini's legendary 1939 Beethoven Cycle with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.  This fourth sonically transformed volume adds the Symphony No. 7, the Egmont Overture and an augmented version of the Septet for Woodwind, Horn and Strings to this hugely popular series.

Giulini in Boston, 1962

This week we have something very special and unusual for you. The Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini only paid three visits to Boston as guest conductor of the BSO - once in 1962, and later again in 1969 and 1974, covering a total of just twenty concerts.

These stereo recordings are drawn from two of the seven concerts given by Giulini and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in March 1962, and feature three named symphonies: Dvořák - No.9, the 'New World', Haydn - No. 94, the 'Surprise', and Tchaikovsky - No. 2, the 'Little Russian'. In addition we have the Overture to Rossini's opera, L'Italiana in Algeri.

Whilst Giulini is rightly lauded for his work in the United States both in Los Angeles and Chicago, this is a rare opportunity to hear him with another of the country's great orchestras, and you will not be disappointed! A truly excellent set of recordings that we strongly suspect will prove to be very popular indeed.

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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