21 December 2014

Hurd Hatfield reads... "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde - Caedmon 1959

Caedmon  TC 1095   Philips UK LP/UK matrices: -1 /-1
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A beautifully re-enacted one-hour reading - in excellent sound (not invariably the case with spoken word LP) and, apparently, not available on CD.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurd_Hatfield

Merry Christmas to the (very numerous) downloaders from these blogs.
Especially warm greetings, and thanks, to those who took the trouble to comment!       Sleeve-note >>>

17 December 2014

24/96: Suzanne Danco sings... Schumann. Liederkreis ... Faure. Bonne Chanson ... Ravel. Sheherazade, Poemes de Stephane Mallarme, Melodies hebraiques - Decca 1953/1955 - New on PRISTINE

Robert Schumann:  "Liederkreis", op.39
Gabriel Faure: "La Bonne Chanson", Op.61   
Suzanne Danco, Soprano - with  Guido Agosti, piano  

Maurice Ravel:  "Sheherazade"   /   "Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme"   /   "Deux Melodies hebraiques"
Suzanne Danco, Soprano - Suisse Romande Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet   

Decca  LX 3107   10" 1953 LP  /   Decca  ECS 816  1978 LP 
16/44 & 24/96 zip FLAC files @ http://pristineclassics.blogspot.co.uk

Christmas in Jerusalem - December 1917    Souvenir Card handed to my Father whilst on Active Service in Palestine, 1917.

11 December 2014

24/96: Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia - Beethoven. Overtures: Fidelio ~ Leonore 1-3 - Columbia 1955 - New on PRISTINE

Ludwig van Beethoven:
"Leonore" - Overture, no.1, op.138   
"Leonore" - Overture, no.2, op.72a/1   
"Fidelio" - Overture, op.72b 
"Leonore" - Overture, no.3, op.72a/2 
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Otto Klemperer    
Columbia  33CX 1270   Recorded:  November 1954 - Kingsway Hall 
16/44 & 24/96 XR FLAC @ http://pristineclassics.blogspot.co.uk

08 December 2014

24/96: Kenneth Alwyn conducts...- "Kismet" - WRC 1961 ... "Little Mary Sunshine" - PYE 1962

Alexander Borodin / Robert Wright, George Forrest.  Orchestration by  Bobby Richards  
Side One:  16/44 FLAC  ZS Download            24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
1. Overture & Sands Of Time - Grahame Laver, Men
2. Rhymes Have I - Grahame Laver, Elizabeth Harwood
3. Fate - Grahame Laver
4. Not Since Ninevah - Diana Landor, Paul Whitsun-Jones
5. Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Elizabeth Harwood, Peter Grant, Chorus
6. Gesticulate - Grahame Laver, Diana Landor, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Men
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1. Stranger In Paradise - Elizabeth Harwood, Peter Grant
2. Was I Wazir? - Paul Whitsun-Jones, Men
3. Rahadlakum - Diana Landor, Grahame Laver, Hazel Holt, 4 Girls
4. And This Is My Beloved - Grahame Laver, Elizabeth Harwood, Peter Grant, Christopher Keyte
5. The Olive Tree - Grahame Laver
6. Finale - Elizabeth Harwood, Peter Grant, Grahame Laver, Chorus

Elizabeth Harwood (Marsinah) - Grahame Laver (The Poet) - Peter Grant (Caliph) - Paul Whitsun-Jones (Wazir) - Diana Landor (Lalume)
The Linden Singers - The New World Show Orchestra  conducted by  Kenneth Alwyn
World Record Club  STP 68  (STEREO, 1961)   1965 EMI LP/matrices: SW 7245 -1 / SW 7246 -2   An extremely well-recorded/transferred LP (which puts to shame EMI classical of this date).   A very fine performance with splendid 'British' singing and lively orchestral playing.   Not on CD    Sleeve-note / Wikipedia synopsis below >>>

"Little Mary Sunshine"  (Orchestra  conducted by  Philip Martell)
Side One:  16/44 FLAC  ZS Download
1. Overture
2. The Forest Rangers - Terence Cooper
3. Little Mary Sunshine - Patricia Routledge
4. Look For A Sky Of Blue - Patricia Routledge
5. You're The Fairest Flower - Terence Cooper
6. Swinging / How Do You Do? - Young ladies & Forest Rangers
7. Colorado Love Call - Terence Cooper, Patricia Routledge
8. What Has Happened? (Finale Act 1) - Patricia Routledge, Joyce Blair, Gita Denise

Side Two:  16/44 FLAC  ZS Download
1. Tell A Handsome Stranger - Young ladies
2. Once In A Blue Moon - Bernard Cribbins, Joyce Blair
3. Every Little Nothing - Gita Denise, Patricia Routledge
4. Such A Merry Party - Patricia Routledge
5. Say Uncle - Erik Chitty
6. Heap Big Injun - Bernard Cribbins
7. Mata Hari - Patricia Routledge
8. Do You Ever Dream Of Vienna? - Gita Denise, Erik Chitty
9. Coo Coo - Patricia Routledge
10. Finale - Cast
AEI  1105  STEREO (1978 USA pressing) Originally PYE NPL-18071  Cast details on sleeve-note. Dec.2012 WAV files very slightly re-edited. Nice!

03 December 2014

24/96: The Regimental Band of The Scots Guards - "Songs from the Shows" - Columbia 1960

Side One:    "The Desert Song" - Romberg  arr: Dan Godfrey         zip 24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download    (this track is great!)
"The Student Prince" - Romberg  arr: Wright
Side Two:    "The Vagabond King" - Friml  arr: Hume          2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download
"Show Boat" - Kern  arr: Jones
"Rose Marie" - Friml  arr: Dan Godfrey          2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download
The complete LP:   5 files zip 16/44 FLAC  ZS Download
The Regimental Band of The Scots Guards - Director of Music:  Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Rhodes 
EMI Music for Pleasure  MFP 1071 (mono)  1967 LP/matrices: XAX 1762 -3 / XAX 1763 -4 
'Showboat' is slightly slow-tempo - also Side 1 seems a bit better recorded/transferred. A really nice LP with 50mins of lovely playing.
Released 1960 as Columbia mono/stereo (MFP didn't issue stereo at this date - a later MfP was also mono ).   Not on CD
The 24/96 'Desert Song' zip includes 300dpi scans of the sleeve  Sleeve-note / Stereo Record Guide 2 review >>>     (FILES ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 2014)

30 November 2014

Bach. Four Orchestral Suites - Busch Chamber Players - HMV 1936 - New on HISTORICAL

Johann Sebastian Bach:
The Four Orchestral Suites    
Suite no.1 in C major, BWV.1066

Suite no.2 in B minor, BWV.1067
Suite no.3 in D major, BWV.1068
Suite no.4 in D major, BWV.1069
The Busch Chamber Players directed by  Adolf Busch   
EMI World Records  SHB 68  1980 2LP set   Recorded: 27/28 October 1936
4 files
zip FLAC (inc. HMV '78' Analytical Notes)  @ http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk

01 November 2014

24/96: Clemens Krauss / Vienna Philharmonic - Richard Strauss. Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel - Decca 1950

Richard Strauss:
"Till Eulenspiegel's Lustige Streiche", op.28   
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"Don Juan", op.20    
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Both the above: 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Clemens Krauss 
Decca  ACL 16  (LXT 2549) 1959 pressing/c.1958 matrices: ARL 409 -7Dr / ARL 410 -7Dr   Recorded: 16 June 1950 - Musikvereinsaal, Vienna.
The original LXT transfer is very nice ('creamy') - but this has more clarity, albeit slightly overbright (a c.1955 transfer is in-between) and without some noticeable 'hum'.       LXT 2549 sleeve-note (Oct.1950 printed)  >>>  

03 October 2014

24/96: Rudolf Kempe / Royal Philharmonic - Dvorak. Symphony 9 ... Orth ~ Herbert ~ Voelker (James Walker) - Readers Digest 1962/3

Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95
I: Adagio - Allegro molto  ~   II:  Largo
III: Scherzo (Molto vivace)  ~   IV: Allegro con fuoco
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Rudolf Kempe  
Readers Digest  RDS502 (12LP) STEREO  Matrices: 1G/1G. Rec: 5-6 May 1963 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall

Charles Orth:  "In a Clock Store"      24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download
Victor Herbert:  "Babes in Toyland" - March of the Toys**  
George Voelker:  "A Hunt in the Black Forest"     2 files 24/96  zip XR FLAC  ZS Download
3 files 16/44 zip FLAC  ZS Download
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  James Walker  
Readers Digest  RDS632 (10LP) STEREO  Matrix: 2K. Rec: 1/25** February 1962 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall
The Dvorak is less Frenetic than other RPO performances in the 'Treasury' box: which appear to be mastered at very high levels (+6dB more than these entertaining(?) Walker-conducted 'Lollipops').

23 September 2014

24/96: Oskar Danon / Royal Philharmonic - Rimsky-Korsakov ~ Saint-Saens ~ Dvorak ~ Smetana ~ Enescu ~ Stravinsky ~ Prokofiev - Readers Digest 1962/3

Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio Espagnol   /   Le Coq d'Or - March
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Saint-Saens:  Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op.28**         24/96 XR FLAC ZS Download
Dvorak:  The Golden Spinning-Wheel, op.109         24/96 XR FLAC Mega Download
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Smetana:  The Bartered Bride - overture          24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download
Enescu:  Roumanian Rhapsody No.1 in A, op.11/1        24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
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Stravinsky:  Petrouchka         16/44 FLAC  ZS Download  
24/96 XR FLAC  Side One: Mega Download           Side Two: Mega Download
Prokofiev:  The Love For Three Oranges - suite, op.33a     16/44 FLAC ZS Download    24/96 XR FLAC ZS Download
**Raymond Cohen, violin - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Oskar Danon     
Readers Digest  STEREO  RDS632 10LP(1968)... RDS509 8LP(1966)... RDS502 12LP(1963)   Some of these  Not on CD
Decca pressings/matrices: 2K..1K/2K/3K..1G/1G   Recorded: 11-16 February 1962 // 10-11 December 1962 & 29 April 1963 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
**The label/sleeve states Rene Leibowitz conducted the Saint-Saens.  Sound quality varies a bit between/within tracks. The Prokofiev is a 'demonstration' transfer.  
It appears that Danon also conducted Weber's 'Oberon' overture - shown in RDS632 as being conducted by Leibowitz...   

05 June 2014

Richard Rodgers. Victory at Sea - RCA Victor Orchestra / Robert Russell Bennett - RCA 1959

Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett):
"Victory at Sea"     
Orchestral Suite from the NBC Television Production  
Side One:  The Song of the High Seas  ~ The Pacific Boils Over  ~ Guadalcanal (March)  ~ D-Day  ~ Hard Work and Horse-Play
Side Two:  Theme of the Fast Carriers  ~ Beneath the Southern Cross  ~ Mare Nostrum  ~ Victory at Sea
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The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Russell Bennett   
RCA  SF 5092  STEREO   Original 1960 Decca LP - Matrices: K2RY1076 -1D / K2RY1077 -1D        Sleeve-note >>> 

03 June 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich plays... Shostakovich. Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (French National / Cluytens) & 3 Fantastic Dances - EMI 1958

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Piano Concerto no.1 in C major for Piano, Trumpet & Strings, op.35  
Piano Concerto no.2 in F major, op.102    
Three Fantastic Dances, op.5    
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Dmitri Shostakovich, piano - Ludovic Vaillant, trumpet - French National Radio Orchestra  conducted by  Andre Cluytens  
EMI/World Records  SH 293   1979 LP (first UK release)  Matrices: XLX 779 -2 / XLX 778 -2.
Recorded 24-26/30 May / 12 September 1958 - Salle Wagram, Paris  (mono only)
Transfer level is slightly lower than normal (although the recorder peaked @ 0dB) - and the LP sound wasn't exactly 'master-tape'; also with some tape compression/modulation..     Sleeve-note / 1962 EMG review >>>

10 May 2014

The Busch String Quartet: Beethoven Late String Quartets: "The Case of The Missing Frequencies"..(and The Stolen Scan)...and My Files..???

Some of you may recall (long ago) that Andrew Rose stated my transfer of the BBC Radio 3
RPO-Sargent -Vaughan Williams Sym.9  only went up to 'about 13kHz' - when it demonstrably went to the cut-off frequency of 15kHz (graph to prove it..).

Now, if you have nothing better to spend your money on, you can give him up to FORTY QUID for his copy of, presumably, most of the 1985 Beethoven: Busch Quartet LP box-set (he states the pressings were German - so one must **assume they weren't the previous World Records release: and, by 1985, it's possible/likely they were 'Digital Remastered' - as well as being 'DMM' pressed).
(**If they were a previous EMI Electrola release then, typically, they would be filtered more than the EMI Hayes masterings)

Mr Pristine's Newletter - link

PS: The Black & White photo of the Busch Quartet in his Newsletter has been copied from MY 2012 SCAN from the Booklet
Maybe he stole my files too ???!!!!

He's claiming these 'stunning' transfers of his (his? - he's merely copied someone else's efforts) go up to 18-19kHz...with a vague claim that some 'azimuth error' correction has 'revealed' those frequencies..

And this from the Comedian who noise-reduces (resolution-reduces- then Treble-Boosts) everything in sight!

So here's a Competition for any MUGS who buy them: FIND THOSE EHF FREQUENCIES - as most files were cut-off/limited by Anthony Griffith / Keith Hardwick's transfers to about 9kHz at best - and only (SIDE GRAPH >>>) did I (quickly) find one above that: the last Qt from 1933 - on an energetic chord...and the PU Cartridges I used were CD-4 compatible - thus will trace frequencies @ nearly 4 times that c.10.6kHz level.

My (free...) 2012 transfers of all the 1985 EMI Germany box-set SQ recordings + CBS op.130 @

Of course..there are plenty of CRETINS around: Here's one:
Ha Ha Ha   " The GROC transfers from EMI were not bad, but  Andrew Rose's are better, with more “air” around the slightly warmer sound. It is excellent to have these really great performances from the 1930s (with a couple of early 1940s) in the best possible transfers".

So there you have it:
 'best possible' means 'reduced resolution and boosted treble'.
No need for me to bother, is there??



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       
Sir Arnold Bax:  Legend, for Viola and Piano             
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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.
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 
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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....
(now have the original EMI Mastered  stereo WRC issue - but this seems to be slightly the better transfer...     Sleeve-note >>>

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    Feb.2011 WAV's ... Re-edited/posted 11 Sept.2011 / 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
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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 Qt... Egk - Seefried / Egk - DGG 1962

Gottfried von Einem:  Piano Concerto, op.20
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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   Mega 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 >>>  

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   
2 files zip WAV  Mega Download
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 >>>