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

The Music of Lucien Cailliet

Mark Obert-Thorn returns this week to the arrangements, transcriptions and compositions of Lucien Cailliet with a second volume that offers music by a number of composers, including Bach, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov and Debussy. The majority of the recordings are performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, but as with our previous Cailliet album, this release also features contributions from a number of other orchestras and conductors.

Heard for the very first time on any release is an arrangement of Buxtehude, performed for an NBC Radio transmission by the Philadelphians in 1937. There are several other recordings made for the 78rpm era but never released at the time - they we issued much later on a very limited LP release but remain exceptionally rare in the Philadelphia/Ormandy catalogue.

Stokowski conducts Tchaikovsky

These two 1944 recordings continue to astound us weeks after we first heard them. Culled from the same source which provided us with Stokowski's 1942 Shostakovich "Leningrad" Symphony (PASC527) they again confound expectations as to what a recording of this vintage should sound like.

Here we find Stokowski conducting the brilliant NBC Symphony Orchestra in stunning renditions of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony and Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture - made all the more so by the frankly incredible sound quality of the recordings. At times, stereo aside, one might be forgiven for thinking some of these recordings had been made last week, rather than nearly three-quarters of a century ago.

With a full frequency range, exceptionally quiet sides allowing an extraordinarily wide dynamic range, and very little in the way of other flaws or audience noise to get in the way of the listening experience, one is almost immediately drawn into the performances - and they are white hot!

SPIVAKOVSKY Piano Concertos

Following on from four volumes of solo recordings, bringing renewed international acclaim to the pianist Jascha Spivakovsky, this week brings piano concertos from Mozart and Tchaikovsky, the first full orchestral releases from this remarkable pianist.

At last we have professionally recorded and broadcast performances - one from (we understand) a former concert hall which sits at the heart of the BBC's Broadcasting House in central London (now remodelled as the Radio Theatre), and a second from an ABC radio broadcast, live from the Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia.

Both feature Jascha Spivakovsky playing a full concert grand in front of a highly regarded orchestra - the Royal Philharmonic and the Victorian Symphony. Both performances are electrifying and demonstrate - at last - the virtuoso pianist in a full orchestral setting as a major concerto soloist.

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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