SERKIN plays Bach and Reger

This week's release is a first for Pristine: we're bringing you two very special and previously unheard recordings by Rudolf Serkin, recorded decades apart and presented in superb and truly modern sound.

The release begins with a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. It was made both in 1928 and in 2015. At some point c.1928 Serkin recorded the Variations using the excellent Welte Mignon piano roll system, and here we present a fabulously recorded 2015 "performance" of these rolls, naturally in superb sound quality.

In the summer of 1977, Rudolf Serkin and the eminent American clarinettist David Singer played Reger's Third Clarinet Sonata together for the only time at the Marlboro Festival - a musical institution set up by Serkin (and others) in 1951. The performance of this was captured on stereo tape, and with kind permissions from Festival and artists, we're able to release this superb performance for the first time.