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

STOKOWSKI conducts Brahms and Dvořák

"Joy! Brahms’s Third at long last. Our prayers have prevailed ... This is a grand orchestra and a constructive conductor; and in this music of fine nerve and developed muscle we find fullness of joy" - The Gramophone, 1930

The world première recording of Brahms' Symphony No. 3 came in 1928, the second in a cycle of Brahms symphony recordings made by Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra at the dawn of the electrical recording era.

Mark Obert-Thorn has overcome multiple technical difficulties to produce this fabulous new transfer of a ground-breaking recording, and coupled it with Stokowski's fabulous 1927 Dvořák New World Symphony in this unmissable new release for Pristine. Working from the finest source material and spending hours in the studio undoing the gain-riding of the original recording engineers, we can now finally enjoy these recordings as they should have sounded some ninety years ago!

Spivakovsky plays Beethoven Concertos

"Spivakovsky plays with taste and maturity, taking the first movement cadenza in his stride and revealing a reserved gravity in the central movement. There’s a fair quotient of insouciant wit in the finale." MusicWeb International on Spivakovsky's Concerto playing.

This seventh instalment finds us in the concert hall and on the radio, and with two of the most important works in the piano repertoire: Beethoven's fourth and fifth concertos. The Concerto No. 4 hails from a 1961 Australian broadcast performance with the Victorian State Orchestra, heard in some of the best sound quality yet of this superb series. The Emperor, by contrast, is something of a technical miracle. Broadcast by the BBC's Overseas Service in 1953 on short wave radio, it was captured onto acetate discs in Australia and thus preserved for posterity - in the words of Mark Ainley: "a grand and heroic interpretation of this popular work."

If you've yet to dip a toe in the waters of out Jascha Spivakovsky series, this may be the ideal place to start!

LEINSDORF 1961 Met Ring: 1. Das Rheingold

"The Metropolitan launched its first Ring cycle since the season of '56-'57 with an admirable performance of Das Rheingold (uncut and without an intermission, as Wagner wanted it) on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16, under that devoted and eloquent Wagnerian, Erich Leinsdorf...

And in an era notorious for superficiality, impatience, and instability of taste, it was heartening to find a capacity audience listening with profound absorption. Much of the credit for this must go to Mr. Leinsdorf, who is giving these masterpieces uncut and with faith in their intrinsic majesty and beauty. Nor should the superb Metropolitan Opera Orchestra go unpraised..." Robert Sabin, Musical America, February 1962

This week we begin our journey into the magical world of Wagner's Ring Cycle, with Leinsdorf at the helm and a superb cast of star singers, including George London in his first stage Wotan, in this 1961 Metropolitan Opera broadcast performance of Das Rheingold. All aboard!

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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