18 April 2014

Jeanne Demessieux plays... Cesar Franck. Trois Chorals, Trois pieces, Six pieces - Decca 1959 - New on PRISTINE

Volume One:
Trois pieces  (1878)   -  Fantasie in A major    /    Cantabile    /    Piece Heroique      /      Choral no.1 in E major  (1890)
Volume Two:   
Choral no.2 in B minor  (1890)    /    Six pieces  (1860-1862)   -  Fantasie in C major, op.16    /    Grande piece Symphonique, op.17
Volume Three:   
Choral no.3 in A minor  (1890)
Six pieces  - Priere, op.20  /  Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op.18  /  Pastorale, op.19  /  Final, op.21  
Cavaille-Coll organ  (1845)  at  L’Eglise de La Madeleine, Paris  - Jeanne Demessieux, organist 
Decca  SDD 202-204   STEREO   Recorded: 1959  
zip FLAC files @  http://pristineclassics.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/jeanne-demessieux-plays-cesar-franck.html 

16 April 2014

24/96: Louis de Froment conducts... Mozart. Clarinet Concerto -&- Sinfonia Concertante - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1953 - New on PRISTINE

W.A.Mozart:
Concerto in A major for Clarinet & Orchestra, K.622
Allegro  ~  Adagio  ~  Rondo                                   (Jacques Lancelot, clarinet) 
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K.297b    
Allegro  ~  Adagio  ~  Andantino con variazioni
(Pierre Pierlot, oboe  - Jacques Lancelot, clarinet  - Gilbert Coursier, horn  - Paul Hongne, bassoon) 
L'Ensemble Orchestral de L'Oiseau-Lyre  conducted by  Louis de Froment  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  OL 50006    
 First Edition 1953 LP   Recorded c.1952 - Paris.         Not on CD 
16/44 & 24/96 FLAC files  http://pristineclassics.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/louis-de-froment-conducts-mozart.html 

04 April 2014

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts... Richard Strauss. Don Quixote - RCA 1932 / Wagner. Faust + at Covent Garden - EMI 1936 - New on HISTORICAL

Richard Strauss:  "Don Quixote"
Alfred Wallenstein, 'cello  -  Rene Pollain, viola  -  Mishel Piastro, violin   
The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham   
Richard Wagner:  "A Faust Overture" 
Richard Wagner:  "Gotterdammerung" - Act.2; 'Hoi-ho!'  - Ludwig Weber, Bass - Herbert Janssen, Baritone  
Richard Wagner:  "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg"   - Act.1 - Church scene. / Act.3 - Prize Song  (with Ralf, Bockelmann, Lemnitz)
Royal Opera House Chorus - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham   
HMV  HLM 7154  / World Records  SH 1004  /  HMV ALP 1870  /  HMV RLS 7711  
zip FLAC files http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/sir-thomas-beecham-conducts-richard.html

01 April 2014

Brahms. Double Concerto. Thibaud - Casals - Cortot - HMV 1929 - New on COLLECTORS CORNER

Johannes Brahms:  Double Concerto in A minor, op.102
I: Allegro (1-4)  ~  II: Andante (5/6)  ~  III: Vivace non troppo (7/8) 

Jacques Thibaud, violin,  Pablo Casals, 'cello
The Pablo Casals Orchestra of Barcelona  conducted by  Alfred Cortot   

HMV  DB.1311-1314  (Album no.85)   Recorded: 10/11 May 1929 - Olympia Hall, Barcelona.
24/96 transfer   16/44 FLAC  @
http://themusicparlour78.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/brahms-double-concerto-thibaud-casals.html

19 March 2014

Aeolian String Quartet / Leonard Cassini play... Elgar. Piano Quintet / Bax. Legend - Delta/Revolution 1963

Sir Edward Elgar:  Piano Quintet in A minor, op.84
I: Moderato - Allegro  ~  II: Adagio  ~  III: Moderato - Allegro          FLAC  ZS Download  
Sir Arnold Bax:  Legend, for Viola and Piano            FLAC  ZS Download
The above two: 2 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
The Aeolian String Quartet  with  Leonard Cassini,  piano  
(Sydney Humphreys  &  Raymond Keenlyside, violins - Watson Forbes, viola - Derek Simpson, 'cello)
Revolution  RCB 8   STEREO  1970 CBS UK pressing/matrices: REVB 8x -3E / REVB 8y -2E.  Originally: mono Delta  DEL 12024      Not on CD
CD-RW transfer.  Slight de-click (1.4) + slight treble enhancement.  The sound is very 'dead' and rather 'smoothed' - not to the standard of the RVW/Elgar.  The performance of the Quintet is mostly quite gentle/subdued...the Bax is pretty ghastly!!    Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

16 March 2014

John Shirley-Quirk sings... Vaughan Williams. Songs of Travel, etc + Ireland/Stanford/Keel/Warlock - Saga 1962

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Songs of Travel
(The Vagabond - Let Beauty Awake - The Roadside Fire - Youth and Love - In Dreams - The Infinite Shining Heaven - Wither must I wander -
Bright is the King of Words - I have trod the upward and downward slope)

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Linden Lea  ~  Silent Noon
John Ireland:  Sea Fever      /      Charles Villiers Stanford:  Drake's Drum  ~  The Old Superb
Frederick Keel:  Trade Winds     /     Peter Warlock:  Captain Stratton's Fancy
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John Shirley-Quirk, Baritone  &  Viola Tunnard, piano   
SAGA  XID 5211  c.1964 pressing - original XIP 7011 matrices.  Recorded: c.1962 - SAGA Studio, Maresfield Gardens, London.
CD-RW transfer.  Treble increased due to limited HF (Shirley-Quirk's voice isn't always too clear): the piano playing (Chappell Boudoir Grand, apparently) is rather felicitous..  Very slight background crackles are occasionally evident - though vast hundreds have been individually removed....         Sleeve-note >>>

12 March 2014

24/96: Aeolian String Quartet play... Elgar. Quartet -&- Vaughan Williams. Quartet 1 - Delta/Summit 1963

Sir Edward Elgar:  String Quartet in E minor, op.83
I: Allegro moderato  ~  II: Piacevole (Poco andante)  ~  III: Finale (Allegro molto)   
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Ralph Vaughan Williams:  String Quartet no.1 in G minor
I: Allegro moderato  ~  II: Minuet and Trio  ~  III: Romance (Andante sostenuto)  ~  IV: Finale (Rondo capriccioso)  
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The Aeolian String Quartet     
(Sydney Humphreys  &  Raymond Keenlyside, violins - Watson Forbes, viola - Derek Simpson, 'cello)
Summit  TLS 6052   STEREO   Scarce c.1966 LP.  Originally: mono Delta  DEL 12025; RVW reissued c.1970 (Revolution RCB 20).     Not on CD   
Excellent performances in very good sound (have resisted the temptation to slightly 'brighten' them).
Quite smooth-surfaced 'anon' pressing, but with numerous 'blips' that needed editing-away.   The 1933 Stratton Qt version of Elgar St.Qt. is on  HISTORICAL       Sleeve-note >>>

07 March 2014

24/96: Khachaturian. Piano Concerto - Peter Katin / LSO / Hugo Rignold - Everest 1960

Aram Khachaturian:  Piano Concerto, in D flat
I: Allegro maestoso  ~  II: Andante con anima  ~  II: Allegro brillante   
Peter Katin, piano  - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hugo Rignold 
2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download   
2 files 24/96 zip XR FLAC  Mega Download 
Concert Hall  SMSC 2534  (originally: Everest SDBR 3055)  1969 Philips UK pressing/Turicaphon Swiss matrices.  
Recorded: 10 November 1959 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall
This scintillating performance (the piano has extra percussive clarity as its lid was removed..) is recently mentioned by Christopher Howell
in a retrospective of Hugo Rignold recordings (including the Rachmaninov: Moiseiwitsch + Prokofiev: 'Cinderella', hereabouts..).
But this isn't the rubbish Khachaturian transfer alluded to; in fact this one's quite superb!!  The tape-to-disc sound is very good (slightly more treble detail than EMI's 1963 WRC transfer of 'Gayeneh' - LSO/Fistoulari) and a new/immaculately pressed LP; so the files should be 99.999% flawless....      Sleeve-note >>>

05 February 2014

Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - Shostakovich. Symphony 7 - NBC Concert 1942 - New on HISTORICAL

Dmitri Shostakovitch:  
Symphony no.7 in C major, op.60   "Leningrad"  
I: Allegretto ~ II:  Moderato (Poco allegretto) ~ III: Adagio ~ IV: Allegro non troppo
The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini 
Live Broadcast: 19 July 1942 - Studio 8-H, NBC Radio City Studios. New York.
Massive Restoration Job !!!   
FLAC files (of the Symphony / or Complete Broadcast) @
http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/arturo-toscanini-nbc-so-shostakovich.html



05 January 2014

Peter Katin ~ London Philharmonic / Boult - Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 1 -&- Tchaikovsky. Concert Fantasia - Decca 1958

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Piano Concerto no.1 in F sharp minor, op.1 
I:  Vivace  ~  II:  Andante  ~  III:  Allegro vivace
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Peter Tchaikovsky:  "Concert Fantasia", op.56        
I:  Quasi rondo  ~  II:  Contrastes
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Peter Katin, piano  - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Adrian Boult  
Decca  SDD 188   STEREO  1972 LP/1968 matrices: ZAL 4061 -2W / ZAL 4062 -3W    Recorded: 17-19 February 1958 - Kingsway Hall.
Christopher Howell's July 2011 MusicWeb review  (...no brownie-points for that honest review!! ).
Feb.2011 WAV's ... 11 Sept.2011 re-post/edited. Edited again: January 2014       Sleeve-note >>>  

16 December 2013

24/96: Robert Irving presents... "Musical Merry-Go-Round" - Sinfonia of London - HMV 1961

Side One:  Rodgers; arr.Gamley: The Carousel Waltz  /  Ibert: Clowns' Dance  /  Saguet: Visions d'Art  /  Stravinsky: Circus Polka  /
Khachaturian: 'Masquerade' - Waltz
24/96  XR FLAC  Mega Download
Side Two:  Oscar Strauss; arr: Banks: La Ronde  /  Don Banks: Coney Island  /  Mussorgsky: Gopak /  Gamley: Prater Fest  / 
Smetana: 'Bartered Bride' - Dance of the Comedians
24/96  XR FLAC  Mega Download
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
The Sinfonia of London  conducted by  Douglas Gamley -&- Robert Irving 
HMV  CSD 1333  STEREO  Original 1961 LP/matrices: 2YEA 495 -2 / 2YEA 496 -2        Excellent playing by the Orchestra.     Sleeve-note >>>

30 November 2013

24/96: Einem - Herzog/Fricsay ... Blacher - Haefliger/Drolc ... Egk - Seefried/Egk - DGG 1962

Gottfried von Einem:  Piano Concerto, op.20
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download                    16/44 FLAC   ZS Download
Gerty Herzog, piano  - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Ferenc Fricsay   
Boris Blacher:  "Thirteeen ways of looking at a blackbird", op.54      - Ernst Haefliger, Tenor  - Drolc Quartet         
Werner Egk:  "Quattro Canzoni"       - Irmgard Seefried, Soprano  - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Werner Egk 
2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download                      2 files zip 16/44 FLAC   ZS Download
Deutsche Grammophon  SLPM 138 759   STEREO  1962 LP/matrices: Jan.1962/Sept.1961.   Einem: Recorded: 7 Feb.1961. 
Egk: treble slightly increased (is/was on CD).      EMG review / Sleeve-note >>>  

24 November 2013

Felix Weingartner / Royal Philharmonic Society - Beethoven. Symphony 5 -&- Symphony 6 - Columbia 1927 - over on COLLECTORS CORNER

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67   
I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Andante con moto ~ III: Allegro ~ IV: Allegro
Columbia  L 1880-1883     Recorded: 28–29 January 1927 
Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68  "Pastoral" 
I: Allegro ma non troppo ~ II: Andante molto mosso ~ III: Allegro ~ IV: Allegretto
Columbia  L 1893-1897     Recorded: 18–19 January 1927  
The Royal Philharmonic Society Orchestra  conducted by  Felix Weingartner    
FLAC files @ http://themusicparlour78.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/felix-weingartner-royal-philharmonic.html

25 August 2013

Barbirolli / Halle - Vaughan Williams. Symphony 2 - PYE 1958

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Symphony no.2.  "A London Symphony"    
I:  Lento - Allegro risoluto  ~  II:  Lento  ~  III:  Scherzo (Nocturne) Allegro vivace  ~
IV:  Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia (quasi lento) - Allegro - Lento - Epilogue (Andante sostenuto)
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The Halle Orchestra  conducted by  Sir John Barbirolli  
PYE  CCL 30134  1959 LP/matrices: APL.0070 -1W / APL.0071 -4W   
(not Stereo until the feeble 1965 'Golden Guinea')    Recorded: 28-29 Dec 1957 - Free Trade Hall, Manchester
1936 Henry Wood recording on HISTORICAL     EMG review / sleeve-note >>>

20 August 2013

Gina Bachauer plays... Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 - HMV 1957

Sergei RachmaninovPiano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30
IAllegro ma non troppo  ~  II:  Intermezzo (Adagio)   ~  III:  Finale (Alla breve)    
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Gina Bachauer, piano  - London Orchestra  conducted by  Alec Sherman 
HMV  CLP 1138    First edition 1957 LP/matrices: 2XEA 995 -3N / 2XEA 996 -4N    
Recorded: 10 May 1956 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road
Rather un-magical orchestral/piano-playing. The overall sound-balance is less than convincing/detailed (with artificial reverb?)  However, at least the last movement 'comes alive'...
Not on CD     EMG review  >>>

08 August 2013

Wilhelm Schuchter / Philharmonia - Kodaly. Hary Janos / Dohnanyi. Ruralia Hungarica - Parlophone 1955

Zoltan Kodaly:  "Hary Janos" - suite    
Ernst Dohnanyi:  "Ruralia Hungarica", op.32b  - suite          
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The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Wilhelm Schüchter  
Parlophone  PMC 1017   1955 LP/matrices: 2XMG 45 -1N / 2XMG 46 -1N   
Recorded: 31 Dec.1952 / 1 Jan.1953  -&-  10 Nov./ 31 Dec.1952                 Not on CD
'Hary Janos' receives a laid-back performance. The gorgeous 'Ruralia Hungarica' has very fine playing.
This original LP chosen instead of the 1966 MFP reissue (MFP2042: first got 45years back..) due to the greater depth/ambience - though with less treble clarity.         Sleeve-note >>>

02 July 2013

Joseph Levine / Ballet Theatre - Bernstein. Fancy Free / Copland. Rodeo - Capitol 1952

Leonard Bernstein:  "Fancy Free" - Ballet
Aaron Copland:  "Rodeo" - Ballet   
Buckaroo Holiday ~ Corral Nocturne ~ Honky Tonk Interlude/Saturday-night Waltz ~ Hoe-Down
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Ballet Theatre Orchestra  conducted by  Joseph Levine  
Capitol  P 8196   1959 EMI LP / Capitol US matrices: P1 8196 D-17 / P2 8196 D-15.   Rec: 13 October 1952    
Sophisticated performances ('Rodeo' sounding especially good) with nice solo playing.  This LP was mastered at quite a low level.    
Not on CD     EMG reviews / sleeve-note >>>

03 June 2013

Robert Irving conducts... Facade / Horoscope (LSO) -&- Lambert/Bliss/Gordon (ROHO) - Decca 1953 / HMV 1956

William Walton:  "Facade" - Suites 1 & 2                        
Constant Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Ballet Suite 
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Irving 
Decca  LXT 2791   1953 LP/matrices:  ARL1582 -1A / ARL1583 -1A   (heavily-edited 'problematic' vinyl...)
Recorded: 10/27 March 1953 + 26-27 February 1953 - Kingsway Hall
Constant Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Valse for the Gemini  /  Arthur Bliss:  "Adam Zero" - Dance of Summer  
Gavin Gordon:  "The Rake's Progress" -  Sarabande & Orgy     5 files zip WAV  Mega Download
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden  conducted by  Robert Irving     (Very fine playing/sound)
HMV  HQM 1078  (from CLP 1070). 1967 matrix: 2XEA 2916 -1.   (Sleeve-note: Lambert, linked below)
Not on CD.   On Historical: Lambert conducts Horoscope    Walton conducts Facade     EMG reviews (Walton on this blog) / sleeve-note >>>

29 May 2013

Pierre Monteux / Paris Conservatoire - Stravinsky. Le Sacre du Printemps - Decca/RCA 1957

Igor Stravinsky:  "The Rite of Spring"
Part One:  The Fertility of the Earth    /    Part Two:  The Sacrifice   
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Paris Conservatoire Orchestra  conducted by  Pierre Monteux  
RCA  RB 16007  1957 Decca pressing/matrices: G2RP 9807/D -1A / G2RP 9808/D -1A.   
Recorded: 2,5,6,11 November 1956 - Salle Wagram, Paris.
This LP deleted 1962. John Culshaw's mono taping N/A for some 45years. Side 2 transferred by ~+0.5dB (also a bit more 'transparent'). Carefully edited WAV's of 'rather quiet' vinyl.  Any remaining 'surface-noise'  almost exclusively @ the stylus/groove contact level - so have shelved plans for additionally de-clicked FLAC's..  
Sleeve-note / EMG review /  "The Times" 1913  review of Monteux's 'Sacre' @ Drury Lane >>>

22 May 2013

Ernest Ansermet / Suisse Romande - Stravinsky. Petrushka -&- Fire Bird - Decca 1949/1950

Igor Stravinsky:  "Fire Bird"  - suite 1910/1919
Introduction & Dance of the Fire Bird  ~ Dance of the Princesses  ~ Dance of King Kastchei  ~ Lullaby  ~ Finale       WAV  Mega Download
Decca  ACL 78    1960 LP/c.1958 matrix: ARL 1808 -2Dr     
Igor Stravinsky:  "Petrushka"  - Ballet 1911  
Side One:  First Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair   /   Second Tableau: In Petrushka's Room
Side Two:  Third Tableau: In the Moor's Room   /  Fourth Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair (evening)
LXT 2502  +   ACL 31      4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  LXT 2502    1952 LP/1949 'Wax' matrices: ARL 222 -3AW / ARL 223 -5AW 
Decca  ACL 31   1958/9 LP/1958 matrices: ARL 222 -1Dr / ARL 223 -2Dr    Rec: Oct.1950 (Fire Bird) -&- 29-30 Nov 1949 - Victoria Hall, Geneva
(LXT 2502: CBS EQ / RIAA playback.  ACL 31 has greater 'clarity'/lower distortion (see comments..).  LXT sleeve-note / EMG reviews  >>>

19 May 2013

Roger Desormiere / Paris Conservatoire - Ibert. Divertissement -&- Poulenc. Les Biches - Decca 1951

Jacques Ibert:  "Divertissement" - for Chamber Orchestra             
(Introduction - Cortege - Nocturne - Valse - Parade - Finale)
Francis Poulenc:  "Les Biches" - Ballet suite 
(Rondeau - Chanson dansee - Adagietto - Rag-Mazurka - Andantino - Finale)
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L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Roger Desormiere
Decca  ACL 189    1963 LP/matrices: ARL 1798 -4Kr / ARL 1280 -2Kr.  
Recorded: 15-20 June 1951 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris.    
This is one of the finest Decca LP's; the Poulenc, especially, being quite superb for performance/sound-quality...         Sleeve-note >>>

12 May 2013

Ljuba Welitsch sings... "Salome"/Mozart/Strauss/Puccini - Reiner/Rudolf - CBS 1949/1950

Side One: Richard Strauss:  "Salome", op.54 - Final Scene
Mozart:  "Don Giovanni" - Or sai chi l'onore  (with Alessio De Paolis, Tenor)  / ..Non mi dir, bell' idol mio
Side Two: Puccini:  "Tosca" - Quagl' occhio al mondo  (with Richard Tucker, Tenor)  /  Vissi d'arte  
Johann Strauss:  "Die Fledermaus" - Klänge der Heimat  /  "Der Zigeunerbaron" - So elend und so treu
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  conducted by  Fritz Reiner  /  Max Rudolf (s.2)                       6 files zip WAV  Mega Download
CBS Classics 61088  c.1982 UK LP/recut matrices: A2 / B1    Rec: 14/3/1949 - 10 Feb.1950 - 23/3/1950  
Ljuba Welitsch... Austrian Radio 1944  /  Columbia 1947-8  /  Decca 1950  
Richard Strauss: "Salome" - Final Scene (1944/48)    /   Tchaikovsky: "Eugene Onegin"   /   Verdi: "Aida"
Puccini: "Tosca" / "La Boheme"    //   Tchaikovsky: "The Queen of Spades"   /   Verdi: "Un Ballo in Maschera"
Lehar: "Zigeunerliebe" / "Die Lustige Witwe" / "Der Zarewitsch"   /   Millocker: "Grafin Dubarry"
FLAC/WAV files @ http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/ljuba-welitsch-sings-salome                   CBS sleeve-note/EMG reviews >>> 

07 April 2013

Richard Strauss. "Salome" - Wiener Symphoniker / Rudolf Moralt - Philips 1953

Richard Strauss:  "Salome"  - A Music Drama in One Act  (1905)
Salome............................ Walburga WegnerSoprano  
Jochanaan........................... Josef Metternich,  Baritone
Herodes................................ Laszlo Szemere,  Tenor
Herodias................................. Georgine von Milinkovic,  Mezzo-Soprano
Narraboth.................................. Waldemar Kmentt,  Tenor
Ein Page...................................... Dagmar Hermann,  Contralto
Erster Nazarener / Ein Cappadocier......... Oskar Czerwenka,  Bass
Zweiter Nazarener............................... Walter Berry,  Bass
Erster Soldat....................................... Adolf Vogel,  Bass
Zweiter Soldat........................................ Harald Proglhoff,  Bass
Ein Sklave................................................ Dorothea Frass,  Soprano
Erster Jude................................................. August Jaresch,  Tenor
Zweiter Jude.................................................. Fritz Sperlbauer,  Tenor
Dritter Jude..................................................... William Wernigk,  Tenor
Vierter Jude....................................................... Erich Majkut,  Tenor
Funfter Jude......................................................... Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Bass
Vienna Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Rudolf Moralt   
Side 1: Scenes 1,2,3  /  Side 2: Scenes 3,4  /  Side 3: Scene 4/Salome's Dance  /   Side 4: Scene 4     
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Philips  6747 406 (2LP's)  c.1979 Dutch pressings/matrices: 1/2/1/1  (originally: Philips A 00163/64 L)
Recorded: December 1952.    1954 'Die Zeit' review - pdf available      1954 3pp booklet notes/EMG reviews >>>

03 March 2013

Khachaturian. Violin Concerto - Igor Oistrakh/Philharmonia/Goossens - Columbia 1954

Aram Khachaturian:  
Violin Concerto in D minor  (1940)  
I:  Allegro con fermezzo - Cadenza (by David Oistrakh) - Tempo I  ~
II:  Andante sostenuto  ~  III:  Allegro vivace
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Igor Oistrakh, violin  ~ The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Eugene Goossens  
EMI / Music for Pleasure  MFP 2050   (1954 issue: Columbia 33CX 1141)
1966 LP/matrices: XAX448 -3 / XAX449 -3.   Recorded: 2 December 1953 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.
Slightly 'cleaner' sound than the original 1954 matrices.   Not on CD   Re-edited: Dec.2013   33CX sleeve-note/MFP sleeve >>>

11 February 2013

Hoffnung Music Festival - EMI STEREO 1956 ... Hoffnung. A Last Encore, etc ... Michael Bentine. It's a Stereophonic World - BBC 1953-1958/1962

Side One:  Speech by Mr T.E.Bean  /  Francis BainesFanfare  /   Malcolm ArnoldA Grand Grand Overture  (Dennis Brain, organ)   /    
L. MozartConcerto for hosepipe & strings  (Dennis Brain, hosepipe)  // Franz Reizenstein:  Concerto Populare  (Yvonne Arnaud, piano)
Side Two:  Haydn arr: Donald Swann: "Symphony no.94 - The Surprise"  /  Speech by Gerard Hoffnung  /   
Chopin arr: Daniel Abrams: Mazurka no.47  //  Humphrey Searle:  'Lochinvar'  (Yvonne Arnaud & Gerard Hoffnung, reciters)  / 
Gordon JacobVariations on "Annie Laurie"                     4 files zip STEREO FLAC  Mega Download
HMV  SLS 870  (3LP set: bought 1974)   Recorded: 13 November 1956.  Matrices: YAX4575/4576 -1  
Re-edited: December 2013    EMI 1989 CDs are only in MONO for the 1956/1958 concerts.   

Gerard Hoffnung: The 1958 Oxford Union speech  /  The Charles Richardson interviews  /  "My Life" - "Film Fun" - "Talking about Music" 
2002 BBC Cassette set - "A Last Encore"   (via Bang & Olufsen Beocord 8004)  6 files zip FLAC  Mega Download 
2 scans from the EMI booklet + BBC notes + Decca LF 1330  'Oxford Union' cover/sleeve-note >>>  ....................................................................................................  
Charles Chilton. "It's a Stereophonic World" - BBC 1962.    
Michael Bentine presents an experiment in sound for "people with ears six feet apart". 
A series of comic sketches written by The Goon Show co-founder with John Law and produced by Charles Chilton. 
Starring  Ronnie Barker, Leon Thau & Delia Corrie - with the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra.
BBC 4extra internet-stream - January 2014                         STEREO FLAC  Mega Download 
First broadcast 22 September 1962 on Network 3 as part of the BBC's experimental stereo transmissions.   "The Times" - Sept.1962 >>>