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

 

 


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Massive find: Maria Callas's definitive 1959 Medea

It's one of the definitive roles of Maria Callas's career, and widely considered the greatest recorded performance of Cherubini's Medea. A newly-discovered source recording now transforms the sound quality from poor broadcast to state-of-the-art late-50s studio quality in this astonishing new XR transfer by Andrew Rose at Pristine. You won't believe your ears!

“the sorceress playing a sorceress” - Opera News

“this remains the Medea of choice” - Fanfare

”this is the one to have if you want to hear La Divina in finest form in a favourite role and worthily accompanied” - MusicWeb International

CHERUBINI Medea

Medea - Maria Callas
Giasone- Jon Vickers
Glauce - Joan Carlyle
Neris - Fiorenza Cossotto
Creonte - Nicola Zaccaria

Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Covent Garden Opera
Nicola Rescigno, conductor

Recorded live 1959  
PACO119 (2hr 14:22)

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Cortot - Thibaud - Casals:
Piano Trios

One of the greatest piano trios of the age of recorded sound in recordings, from the very earliest years of microphone recordings, in music by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Given new life and immediacy by these amazing new XR remasters by Andrew Rose.

"Relistening to the performances, one is constantly aware of both the “modern” (for its time) and “typical” performance practices. Modern, to our ears, are the brisk tempos, the sharp attacks, the lack of either exaggerated rubato or string vibrato. Cortot’s delicate and sensitive touch may be anachronistic, as may the frequent, if tasteful, portamento slides by Thibaud’s violin. Yet these performances remain spellbinding, while so many dozens, if not bushels, of modern performances sound sterile and uninteresting."
- Fanfare Magazine


MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1
SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1

Alfred Cortot, piano
Jacques Thibaud, violin
Pablo Casals, cello

Recorded 1927 and 1928  
PACM097 (59:30)


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Reiner Rarities, Volume Three

A third volume of rare recordings by Fritz Reiner in superlative transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn!

"‘Rarities’ is correct. These are the sole recordings of each of these works made by Fritz Reiner. In addition, according to the disc note, none has yet received ‘official’ release from RCA. So this series proceeds on the sound grounds that the more Reiner that is unearthed, the better things will be. If a programme as quixotic as this is the corollary then I can’t say I am disappointed ... it’s a disc worth having if you’re a Reiner convert. Well transferred, minimally annotated, it’s a snug fit in the Reiner discography."
- MusicWeb International on Volume 2 in this series

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Two Nocturnes - Danse
RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe – Suite No. 2 - La Valse
HONEGGER Concertino for Piano and Orchestra
BERLIOZ Damnation of Faust – Hungarian March

Fritz Reiner, conductor
Oscar Levant, piano

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
CBS Symphony Orchestra
Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Recorded 1938-49
PASC438 (72:20)

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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