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

KEMPFF Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Volume 1

NB: Due to the current pandemic CDs may take longer than usual to arrive.

"He gives no short measure of musicianship. Each phrase is played with an intense concentration that makes it sound as if Kempff had just composed the sonata and were now running it through for the first time... to my mind his performances of these two early sonatas, both written about 1797 , are among the best things he has done" - The Gramophone, 1957

This week we begin a new series: Wilhelm Kempff's 1951 studio recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Although largely overshadowed by his later stereo remake, these are arguably the better performances, let down by inferior sound.

This series aims to rehabilitate those earlier recordings, with XR remastering completely revitalising the sound quality and bringing some of the finest piano tone you'll hear at Pristine to these essential classics. Absolutely not to be missed!

HEIFETZ & PIATIGORSKY The Chamber Concerts

NB: Due to the current pandemic CDs may take longer than usual to arrive.

"Playing through these discs is an awe-inspiring experience ... ...it is worth its musical weight in gold. Mono or stereo, beg, borrow, or better still buy, for there has never been anything like this before in recorded chamber music" - The Gramophone, 1962

This week's release features four works, all recorded between 21-30 August 1961: Mozart's String Quintet No. 4, Franck's Piano Quintet, Brahms's String Sextet No. 2 and Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings.

They date from the first series of legendary chamber concerts arranged and performed by Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky in August 1961, and in these astonishing new stereo XR remasters you'll find fine detail, subtle individual shadings and glorious ensemble playing emerging anew - as if hidden in the shadows for nearly 60 years.

KLEMPERER conducts Mozart, Volume 2

NB: Due to the current pandemic CDs may take longer than usual to arrive.

"An extremely intelligent, emotionally gratifying triptych from one of the most “classical” of the legendary, Golden Age conductors" - Audiophile Audition on Vol. 1

We return to Klemperer's Mozart recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra this week, with three symphonies recorded within a few days of each other in London in July 1956. The set starts with the Symphony No. 25, moving onto two late symphonies, No. 39 and No. 40.

All are brilliantly played and, in these new XR remasters, sound truly fabulous!

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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