24/48: Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia - Hindemith. Nobilissima Visione -&- Brahms. Haydn Variations - Columbia 1955

Paul Hindemith:  "Nobilissima Visione" - suite
(Einleitung & Rondo, Marsch & Pastorale ... Passacaglia) 

Johannes Brahms:  "Variations on a Theme by Haydn", op.56a
(Theme - Variations - Finale) 

The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Otto Klemperer

EMI / Columbia  33CX 1241 
1955 LP.   Recorded: 7/8 October 1954 - Kingsway Hall

16 + 24-bit fileshttps://pristineclassics.blogspot.com


24/48: Josef Krips / Philharmonia - Firebird -&- Rosenkavalier - HMV 1963

Igor Stravinsky:  "Fire Bird" - suite (1919)
Introduction - L'Oiseau de Feu et sa danse - Variation de l'oiseau de feu - Ronde des princesses
Danse infernale du roi Kastchei - Berceuse - Finale

Richard Strauss:  "Der Rosenkavalier" - suite

The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Josef Krips

HMV  ASD 654 
1968 LP.  Recorded: 29 May / 1 June 1963 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road
+ 24-bit FLAC files @  https://pristineclassics.blogspot.com

24/48: Herbert von Karajan - Philharmonia Promenade Concert - Columbia 1960

Emil Waldteufel:  Skaters' Waltz (Les patineurs), op.183
Johann Strauss II:  Tritsch-Tratsch polka, op.214
Johann Strauss I:  Radetzky March, op.228
Emmanuel ChabrierEspana
Emmanuel Chabrier:  Marche Joyeuse
Johann Strauss II:  Thunder & Lightning Polka, op.324
Franz von Suppe:  Light Cavalry – overture
Jaromir Weinberger:  Schwanda the Bagpiper – polka
Jacques Offenbach:  Orphee aux enfers – overture

The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Herbert von Karajan

EMI/Classics for Pleasure  CFP 40368 
1981 reissue of SAX2404.  Recorded: 20-24 September 1960 - Kingsway Hall
16 + 24-bit
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24/48: Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - Manfred Symphony - Nutcracker - Kikimora - RCA 1949-1952

Peter Tchaikovsky:
"Manfred" Symphony in B minor, op.58   (5 December 1949) 
Lento lugubre (Andante) ~ II: Vivace con spirito ~ III: Andante con moto ~ IV: Allegro con fuoco

The Nutcracker suite, op.71a  
(19 November 1951)
Overture Miniature ~ Marche ~ Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy ~ Trepak ~ Arabian Dance ~ Chinese Dance ~ Dance of the Mirlitons ~ Waltz of the Flowers

Anatoli Liadov:
"Kikimora", op.63    (29 July 1952)

NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini

RCA  RB 16090  1959 Decca LP + Franklin Mint (1983) TOS015A / TOS10B.  Recorded: Carnegie Hall.    16 + 24-bit FLAC files @  https://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.com


Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia - Beethoven. Symphony 7 - EMI stereo 1955

Ludwig van BeethovenSymphony no.7 in A major, op.92
I: Poco sostenuto -Vivace ~ II: Allegretto ~ III: Presto -Assai meno presto ~ IV: Allegro con brio 

Ludwig van Beethoven:  "Prometheus" overture, op.43

5 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download

Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Otto Klemperer

HMV  ED 29 1341 
My 1987 LP/matrices: A-1 / B-3. DMM pressing. CDRW transfer.  Recorded: 3-7 October 1955  /  25 November 1957 - Kingsway Hall
Had intended including this with the original Columbia mono Symphonies 3/5/7 earlier this year. ( "Prometheus" not included in the 1977 2LP SXDW 3032 which has the 1969 sessions).  Sleeve-note >>> 

Sir Thomas Beecham / BBC SO - Sibelius. Symphony 2 - BBC 1954

Jean Sibelius: 
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.43  
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Tempo andante ma rubato  ~  III: Vivacissimo  ~  IV: Allegro moderato    

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BBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham
HMV  ALP 1947  1964 pressing. Matrices: 2XEA2231/2 -1N.   Recorded 'live' - 8 December 1954 - Royal Festival Hall   (less than "Hi-Fi"...!!
Sleeve-note + The Times + EMG reviews >>>  
(The 1959 RFH Dvorak Symphony 8 - HMV ALP 2003 - is on Pristine Classics )  

Balakirev. Russia, Tamara, 3 Russian themes - Gauk / Golovanov / Anosov - CCCP 1952

Mily Balakirev:
"Russia" - Second Overture on Russian Themes  (1863–1864, rev: 1884)       USSR Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Alexander Gauk  
"Tamara" (1867–1882)     Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Nikolai Golovanov  
Overture on 3 Russian themes (1858)      USSR Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Nikolai Anosov  
3 files zip FLAC Mega Download   
SAGA  XID 5101  1961 mono. ( MK D518, D0703, D923 )   1.3 de-click + v.slight treble. Overtures +4dB amplification (a very low-level cut) and +2dB from c.6:30" for Tamara (seems under-recorded thereafter...).   Sleeve-note >>>

Mozart. Violin Concerto 5 - Oscar Shumsky ... Symphony 35 - Wallenstein - MAR 1956

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Symphony no.35 in D majorK.385.  "Haffner"  
IAllegro con spirito ~ IIAndante ~ IIIMenuetto ~ IVPresto  
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Alfred Wallenstein  

Concerto no.5 in A major for Violin and OrchestraK.219 
IAllegro aperto ~ IIAdagio ~ IIIRondo - Tempo di minuetto  
Oscar Shumskyviolin  -  The Little Orchestra of New York  conducted by  Thomas Sherman 
2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download  
World Record Club  T 21  1958 Oriole pressing/Philips UK matrices: W6558/9 -1.  From: Music-Appreciation Records MAR5613.
Original surfaces/CD-RW transfer (Shure M95HE -1st time used for transfers) .   Sleeve-note/label >>>

Sir Ernest MacMillan / Toronto S.O. - Handel. Messiah - Beaver 1952

G.F.Handel:  " The Messiah "

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Lois Marshall, Soprano  - Mary Palmateer, Contralto  - Jon Vickers, Tenor  - James Milligan, Bass
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Ernest MacMillan   

World Record Club   TP 216-8   1962 pressings/matrices: W7596-7601 -2N,2N,2N,3N,2N,2N.  Recorded:  5 January 1952 - Massey Hall, Toronto.  
NOT ON CD   CD-RW transfer    (Illustration is from the SKIRA booklet for Beecham's 1959 set:  DURER: "The Adoration of the Trinity" (1511)
A Thoroughly convincing performance.   Track listing / info >>>  

A Journey Into Stereo Sound ...an introduction to ffss - Decca 1958

A Journey Into Stereo Sound ...an introduction to ffss

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Decca  SKL 4001  1963 pressing. Matrices: ZAL3941 -6E / ZAL3942 -7E.

Original surface / CD-RW transfer.  NOT ON CD

Ketelbey. "In a Persian Market" - Vienna State Opera / Armando Aliberti - Westminster 1958

Albert Ketelbey:
In a Chinese Temple Garden    /    Bank Holiday    /    In the Mystic Land of Egypt     / Jungle Drums
In a Persian Market     /    In a Monastery Garden    /     Bells across the Meadows    /    With Honour Crowned
8 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download   
Vienna State Opera Orchestra  conducted by  Armando Aliberti  
EMI World Records  STP 359  (Westminster WST 15005). 1966 pressing/matrices: SW7938 -4 / SW7939 -3.  Recorded: June 1957 - Vienna.
NOT ON CD    Sleeve-note >>>

Liszt. Via Crucis - Francis Jackson / BBC Northern Singers / Gordon Thorne - Saga 1961

Franz Liszt:  "Via Crucis" - The Fourteen Stations of the Cross - for Mixed Choir, Soloists & Organ
Side One: I: Jesus is condemned to death (organ solo) ~ II: Jesus bears His Cross (organ solo) ~ III: Jesus falls for the first time ~ IV: Jesus meets His Blessed Mother (organ solo) ~  V: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the Cross (organ solo) ~ VI: St. Veronica wipes Jesus' feet with her veil ~ VII: Jesus falls for the second time ~ VIII: The women of Jerusalem weep for Jesus (organ solo) ~ IX: Jesus falls for the third time.
Side Two: X: Jesus is stripped of His clothing (organ solo) ~ XI: Jesus is nailed to the Cross ~ XII: Jesus died on the Cross ~ XIII: Jesus is taken down from the Cross (organ solo) ~ XIV: Jesus is laid in the tomb.
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Francis Jackson, organ  - BBC Northern Singers  conducted by  Gordon Thorne   
Saga  STXID 5079  1965 stereo release/pressing.  Recorded: 1959. Town Hall, Birmingham  (1.3 de-click).   Sleeve-note  SRG5 review >>>

Jan Hus Tichy / Prague National - Tchaikovsky. Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Joan of Arc, Pique Dame - Supraphon 1962

Peter Tchaikovsky:  "Mazeppa"  Act Two  - Josef Heriban  
"Eugene Onegin"  Acts Two & Three  - Ivo Zidek  /  Eduard Haken  /  Milada Subrtova  &  Premsyl Koci   
"Joan of Arc"  Act One  - Eva Zikmundova  
"Pique Dame"  Act One  - Beno Blachut,  Drahomira Tikalova,  Vera Krilova  
"Pique Dame"  Act Two   - Vera Krilova  /  Jindrach Jindrak
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Prague National Theatre Orchestra  conducted by  Jan Hus Tichy  
Supraphon  SUAST 50469  c.1964 LP/matrices: E159 -A / E160 -A    Recorded: c.1961       NOT ON CD      EMG review / sleeve-notes >>>
Excellent clean sound ....mildly 'tickly' surfaces. 

Clemens Krauss / Vienna Philharmonic - Richard Strauss. Salome - Decca 1954

Richard Strauss:  "Salome", op.54  - A Music Drama in One Act  (1905)
Salome........................ Christel Goltz,  Soprano   
Jochanaan..................... Hans Braun,  Baritone
Herodes........................ Julius Patzak,  Tenor
Herodias......................... Margareta Kenney,  Mezzo-Soprano
Narraboth......................... Anton Dermota,  Tenor
Ein Page............................ Else Schurhoff,  Soprano
Erster Nazarener.................... Ludwig Weber,  Bass
Zweiter Nazarener.................... Harald Proglhoff,  Bass
Erster Soldat............................ Walter Berry,  Bass
Zweiter Soldat............................ Herbert Alsen,  Bass
Ein Cappadocier............................ Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Bass
Ein Sklave..................................... Hermann Gallos,  Tenor
Erster Jude..................................... Rudolf Christ,  Tenor
Zweiter Jude...................................... Hugo Meyer-Welfing,  Tenor
Dritter Jude......................................... Kurt Preger,  Baritone
Vierter Jude.......................................... Murray Dickie,  Tenor
Funfter Jude............................................ Franz Bierbach,  Bass
Wiener Philharmoniker  conducted by  Clemens Krauss   
4 files zip FLAC Mega Download     FLAC  (Side 4 - Final scene + preceding 4mins)  Mega Download
Decca  ACL 207-8  (LXT 2863/4)   1965 set. c.1958 matrices: ARL2101-4 -2DR/-1DR/-2DR/-2DR.     Recorded: 15-21 March 1954 - Musikvereinsaal, Vienna
CD-RW: original surfaces/no auto-declick..    ACL 208 cover/sleeve-note >>>     Philips 1952 Salome - VSO/Moralt >>>      Ljuba Welitsch - Final scene - 1949 + 1944/1948 >>>

Maria Callas / Tullio Serafin - Donizetti. Lucia di Lammermoor - EMI 1953

Gaetano Donizetti:  "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Lucia............................ Maria Callas,  Soprano  
Edgardo.......................... Guiseppe di Stefano,  Tenor 
Enrico.............................. Tito Gobbi,  Baritone
Raimondo............................ Rapphaele Arie,  Bass
Arturo.............................. Valiano Natali,  Tenor
Alisa................................. Anna Maria Canali,  Mezzo-Soprano
Normanno............................ Gino Sarri,  Tenor
Orchestra & Chorus of "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino"  conducted by  Tullio Serafin   
16/44 FLAC:  ACT ONE  Mega Download          ACT TWO  Mega Download         ACT THREE  Mega Download  
HMV  SLS 5056  (2LP 1977 -1985 set). Matrices: XBX9127-30 -1/-1/-2/-4 (disc 2 c.1982 recut).  Rec: Jan/Feb.1953 -Teatro Comunale, Florence.
Bought recently: CD-quiet surfaces/minimal editing needed. Wonderful performance (especially Act 3) - more idiomatic (esp. the chorus) than the 1960 SAX/33CX version/s.
The second LP appears slightly 'brighter'.  The 'stereo' processing seems pretty good (by David Pickett).    Somewhat unenthusiastic (...) EMG/Record Guide reviews >>>

SXL 6040

Johann Strauss II:  Spanischer Marsch, op.433
Johann Strauss II:  Rosen aus dem Suden - Waltz, op.388
Josef Strauss:  Eingesendet - Polka schnell, op.240
Johann Strauss II:  Du und Du - Waltz, op.367

Eduard Strauss:  Bahn frei - Polka schnell, op.45
Josef Strauss:  Brennende Liebe - Polka mazurka, op.129
Johann Strauss II:  Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald - Waltz, op.325
Johann Strauss II:  Demolirer Polka, op.269
Johann Strauss I:  Radetzky-Marsch, op.228
16/44 WAV    Side One:  Mega Download            Side Two:  Mega Download
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Willi Boskovsky  
Decca  SXL 6040   First edition 1963 LP/matrices: ZAL5716/7 -2E/1E.  Recorded: 2-6 November 1962 - Sofiensaal, Vienna.      Sleeve-note >>>
RAW files - un-edited CD-RW transfer: not going to slosh Water'n'Sudso over this BRAND NEW LP - nor edit it for Hours..it's fine ('noise-free') as it is...but may later edit-away the few minor ticks ...or you can do that... 

Owen Brannigan sings... Songs You Remember - Song of the Flea, Mandalay, Linden Lea, etc - HMV 1961

A1:  Song Of The Flea   (bloody good!)
A2-4:  Riding Down From Bangor, Leanin', Clementine
A5:  On The Road To Mandalay
A6-9:  My Bonny, Silent Worship, Vilikins And His Dinah, The Plough Boy

B1-4:  Father O'Flynn, Mr. Maguire, Border Ballad, My Love She's But A Lassie Yet 
B5:  Ten Green Bottles
B6-10:  Yorkshire Coortin' Song, Lancashire Slumber Song, Yarmouth Fair, Linden Lea, Drinking
7 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download    
Owen Brannigan, Bass  - Ernest Lush, piano   
HMV  CSD 1350   First edition 1961 pressing/matrices: 2YEA529 -1 / 2YEA530 -3     Sleeve-note >>>

Hugo Rignold / Covent Garden Orchestra - Chopin-Jacob. Les Sylphides - Parlophone 1952

Frederic Chopin  (arr: Gordon Jacob):  "Les Sylphides"  - Ballet Music
Prelude in A major, op.28/7 ~ Nocturne in A flat major, op.32/2 ~ Valse in G flat major, op.70/1 ~ Mazurka in D major, op.33/2 ~
Mazurka in C major, op.67/3 ~ Valse in C sharp minor, op.64/2  ~ Prelude in A major, op.28/7 ~ Grande Valse Brillante in E flat major, op.18.   

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Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden  conducted by  Hugo Rignold 
Parlophone  PMD 1003 (10")  1956/7 pressing. 1952 matrices: XE25 -1N / XE26 -1N.    Recorded: 29/30 March 1951  
This is a contributors request. The LP was considerably less than 'Hi-Fi' and required much editing/re-EQ  to make it sound presentable!   
NOT ON CD   EMG + Record Year-2 reviews / Sleeve-note >>>     Rignold Prokofiev Cinderella 1957 >>>    1950 Desormiere Sylphides >>>

Robert Irving / Royal Opera House - Sadler's Wells Ballet Silver Jubilee - HMV 1956

Purcell  arr.Lambert:  "Comus" - Overture & Minuet
Boyce  arr.Lambert:  "Prospect Before Us" - Fugue in D major
Couperin  orch.Jacob:  "Harlequin in the Street" - Allegro
Mendelssohn  orch.Jacob:  "Lord of Burleigh" - Agitato & Allegro vivace
Auber  arr.Lambert:  "Les Rendezvous" - Allegro non troppo & Allegro
Gavin Gordon:  "The Rake's Progress" - Sarabande & Orgy
Liszt  orch.Jacob:  "Apparitions" - Consolation & Galop
Lambert:  "Horoscope" - Valse for the Gemini
Berners:  "Wedding Bouquet" - Tango & Waltz
Bliss:  "Adam Zero" - Dance of Summer
Prokofiev:  "Cinderella" - Waltz & Midnight  
11 files zip FLAC  Mega Download             11 files zip FLAC (1.2 de-click)  Mega Download     (This scarce LP was 'mint'..)   
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden  conducted by  Robert Irving  
EMI Angel  35521  (HMV CLP 1070)  1957 EMI pressing/matrices: 2XEA886 -2N / 2XEA887-2N.     NOT ON CD     HMV HQM 1078 reissue  (Gordon/Lambert/Bliss)    Sleeve-note >>>

Sir Malcolm Sargent / BBC Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov. Symphony 3 - HMV 1954

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Symphony no.3 in A minor, op.44
I: Allegro moderato  ~  II: Adagio ma non troppo  ~  III: Allegro  

FLAC  Mega Download  (groove 'fizzle' necessitated a NOS Shure M97G 'nude' spherical /SME III arm)

BBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Malcolm Sargent

EMI Music for Pleasure  MFP 2078  (HMV ALP 1118)  1968 LP/matrices: 2XEA402 -5 / 2XEA403 -3.  Recorded: 5 May 1953 - EMI Studio 1 Abbey Road.
NOT ON CD.  ('Guild' 2014 dub)    CD-RW transfer.   Sleeve-note / EMG reviews >>> 

Bliss. Piano Concerto / Mewton-Wood ... Tippett. Double Strings Concerto / Walter Goehr - Concert Hall / HMV 1952

Michael Tippett:  Concerto for Double String Orchestra  (1939)     FLAC Mega Download  
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Walter Goehr   
EMI Music for Pleasure  MFP 2069  1967 LP/matrix: XEA642 -2.  Recorded: 3 March 1952 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.  

Arthur Bliss:  Piano Concerto in B flat major  (1939)           FLAC  Mega Download
IAllegro con brio  ~  IIAdagietto  ~  IIIAndante maestoso - Molto vivace
Noel Mewton-Wood, piano  - Utrecht Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Walter Goehr   
Nixa  CLP 1167   (Concert Hall CHS 1167)   1953 LP/RCA Matrices: E2KP 6991-1C / E2KP 6992-1B. 'A2'   Recorded: 1952.    
NOT ON CD.  Nixa MFP sleeve-note / EMG + RG2 reviews >>>  Solomon Cutner's 1943 recording >>> 
The Bliss is a stunningly fine performance and in This transfer sounds absolutely splendid. Previously had 2 LP>CD transfers (same matrices) by Bryan Crimp & Mr.Pristine - who mentions a 'swish' on side 2; actually it's on both groove-walls to virtually the same degree: an unavoidable & very infrequent faint 'rustling' is anyway far preferable to Mr.Pee's "SUPERB" muffled/muddled nasality....absolute Pants, by comparison!

Alexander Gauk / Moscow Radio - Shostakovich. Symphony 6 - MK/Artia 1959

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.54
I:  Largo  ~  II:  Allegro  ~  III:  Presto    (the last 2 mvts are the best..)

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Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Alexander Gauk

ARTIA  ALP-167  (MELODIYA D 4984-5 -10")   1961 US LP.  US mastered: 20 October 1960.    (slightly enhanced treble/'1.3' declick)

Contibutor requested...    CD-RW transfer     NOT ON CD      an MK sleeve / EMG review >>>

Carl Garaguly / Tivolis Koncertsals Symphoniorkester - Nielsen. Symphony 2, Little Suite - Fona 1963

Carl Nielsen:
Symphony no.2, op.16  "The Four Temperaments"  
I: Allegro collerico  ~  II: Allegro comodo e flemmatico  ~  III: Andante malinconico  ~  IV: Allegro sanguino
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Little Suite for string orchestra, op.1   
Prelude: Andante con moto  ~  Intermezzo: Allegro moderato  ~  Finale: Andante con moto - Piu mosso
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Tivoli Concert Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Carl Garaguly 
Vox / Turnabout  TVS 34049   1968 Decca release/matrices: S 2683 -1L / S 2684 -1L
Cleaner tape-to-disc transfer than the US Vox versions - though the recording is somewhat bright (so have marginally treble-enhanced the Suite) but which now sounds excellent and exciting; as also is the performance/orchestra... Recorded: c.1960 ?    Not on CD    Sleeve-note >>>

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 >>> 

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 >>>

The Busch String Quartet: Beethoven Late String Quartets: and "The Case of The Missing Frequencies"....

Some of you may recall (long ago) that Andrew Rose stated my MD transfer of the BBC Radio 3

RPO-Sargent -Vaughan Williams Symphony 9 >>>  only went up to 'about 13kHz' - when it demonstrably went to the cut-off frequency of 15kHz (the graph there proves it..)...not to mention the high-level 19kHz Pilot-Tone from the Leak Stereofetic FM Tuner...

Now, if you have nothing better to spend your money on, you can give him up to FORTY QUID for his copy of the German EMI DaCapo pressings: likely more compressed/filtered than Griffith's EMI (assuming those tapes were the source) .... and which is missing over 1 minutes in a truncated version of the 2nd mvt of op.132.

 Mr Pristine's Newletter - link
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..

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 @  4 times that c.10kHz level.

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

Of course..there are plenty of CRETINS around: Here's one: http://musicke.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/the-busch-quartet-and-late-beethoven.html
"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??  The Adulatory "Fanfare" puff duly appeared! >>>

NB: I very rarely use 'de-click' (same software as mentioned), and then only at the lowest levels possible - as sound-quality quickly becomes degraded... 'de-noiser' - never.


Louis de Froment conducts... Mozart. Clarinet Concerto -&- Sinfonia Concertante - Lancelot, Pierlot, Coursier, Hongne - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1953

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) 
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
L'Ensemble Orchestral de L'Oiseau-Lyre  conducted by  Louis de Froment  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  OL 50006  
 First Edition 1953 LP/matrices: TT139 -1B / TT140 -1B    Recorded c.1952 - Paris. 
Required lengthy editing (surfaces were full of huge clicks/pops). Slightly de-clicked @ 1.3 + re-equalized (some 'edits' audible in the Clarinet C.).  
Performances are superb.   NOT ON CD    Sleeve-note / EMG review  >>>

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

Vol.1:  Trois pieces:  (1878)   -  Fantasie in A major    /    Cantabile    /    Piece Heroique       //       Choral no.1 in E major  (1890)
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Vol.2: Choral no.2 in B minor  (1890)  //   Six pieces:  (1860-1862)  -  Fantasie in C major, op.16  /   Grande piece Symphonique, op.17  
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Vol.3: Choral no.3 in A minor  (1890)   //   Six pieces: (1860-1862)  - Priere, op.20  /  Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op.18  /  Pastorale, op.19  /  Final, op.21      
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Cavaille-Coll organ  (1845)  at  L’Eglise de La Madeleine, Paris  - Jeanne Demessieux, organist  
Decca  SDD 202-204   STEREO    Recorded: 1959 - UK issued: 1969 - 1972 pressings/matrices: ZAL 8792-8797 -1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-2K 
New discs with minimal de-click  plus slight treble enhancement .   Sleeve-notes + EMG review / SRG Vol.7 review >>> 

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

Sir Edward ElgarPiano 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 
Slight de-click (1.4) + slight added treble. The performance of the Quintet is mostly quite gentle/subdued...the Bax(music) is pretty ghastly!!  

The sound is very 'dead' and rather 'smoothed'.... not to the standard of these original 1960's stereo LP's >>>      Sleeve-note / Hi-Fi News + EMG reviews >>>

Aeolian Quartet play Vaughan Williams / Elgar Quartets (Summit 1965) >>>         Aeolian Qt / Loveday / Cassini - Elgar String Qt & Violin Sonata (Concert Artist 1966) >>>    

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.
October 2015: Files now lightly declicked ('1.3') with additional treble.     Sleeve-note >>>