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

Markevitch: Russian Music at the Edinburgh Festival, 1962

"Markevitch had established himself as a conductor of notable technical command and musical perception" - Fanfare

The second of three volumes recorded in fine sound by the BBC at the 1962 Edinburgh Festival finds Igor Markevitch and the London Symphony Orchestra conducting Russian music to fabulous effect.

"Igor Markevitch made a specialty of Le sacre du printemps..."

Joined by the celebrated Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, together they brought the house down at the Usher Hall that August day in Edinburgh:

"she's in excellent form, vocalizing every note, even inspiring a spontaneous outburst from the audience after her virtuoso traversal of The Ragamuffin"

TCHAIKOVSKY Francesca da Rimini
SHOSTAKOVICH  Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - 2 Arias
MUSSORGSKY  Six Songs
STRAVINSKY  The Rite of Spring

Walter Rarities Vol. 2 - more rare and unreleased recordings

"Once again, doughty Pristine Audio bravely steps into the breach to fill in a gaping hole in the discography of famous performances that the holders of the original recordings have failed to address" - Fanfare (on Bruno Walter Rarities, Vol. 1)

Mark Obert-Thorn has done it again! With this second volume of rare recordings conducted by Bruno Walter he addresses the pre-war recordings Walter made in Europe between 1923 and 1938 and pulls a number of rabbits out of the hat.

Most of these recordings have seen very limited release or reissue - including a superb Eine Kleine Nachtmusik from 1931. But the icing on the cake is a 1928 Nozze di Figaro Overture that survives on a single 78rpm test pressing and has never been issued before.

  • BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
  • WAGNER Parsifal Act I Transformation Music; Siegfried Idyll
  • MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro – Overture; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • HANDEL Concerto Grosso In B Minor
  • WEBER Der Freischütz – Overture

ANIA DORFMANN Mendelssohn: Complete Songs Without Words

"Her biggest venture was a three-disc set of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words (monaural issue), which I recall as being extremely lovely; well played, well phrased, and well recorded. To my best knowledge those have never been reissued … another project for Pristine, perhaps..." - Fanfare

It is unfortunate that Ania Dorfmann is remembered today almost exclusively for being the soloist in Arturo Toscanini’s only studio recording of a Beethoven piano concerto.  Her career extended far beyond the Maestro’s orbit, as the present reissue demonstrates. 

Mendelssohn remained something of a Dorfmann specialty throughout her career.  After her early recording of the First Concerto, she included two of the Songs without Words along with the Andante and Rondo Capriccioso in a 1953 recital album for RCA.  She later re-recorded the two Songs along with the other 47 for a three-LP set, which became only the second complete recording of the work, following Ginette Doyen’s for Westminster.  Critic Jonathan Summers wrote that Dorfmann’s set “shows much sensitivity and fine tonal playing.”

  • MENDELSSOHN Songs Without Words
  • MENDELSSOHN Andante and Rondo Capriccioso

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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