7 October 2014

Elena Gerhardt sings... Schubert ~ Schumann ~ Brahms ~ Wolf - HMV 1926-1939

Hugo Wolf:    (HMV Hugo Wolf Society - volume one)
Side One: (a)  Begegnung / Lied vom Winde / Auf einer Wanderung / Rat einer Alten / In dem Schatten meiner Locken
Side One: (b)  Heimweh / Die ihr schwebet um diese Palmen / Ach, des Knaben Augen / Nun wand're Maria  / Gesang Weylas
Side Two: (a)  Herr, was traght der Boden hier / Auch kleine Dinge / Das verlassene Magdelein / Das Standchen
Side Two: (b)  Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst / Und steht ihr fruh / Ihr jungen Leute - Du denkst eniem Fadchen / Nein, junger Herr
Franz Schubert:  Suleika II / Ellens Gesang II**   
Robert Schumann:  Zum Schluss - Fruhlingsnacht / Wer machte dich krank - Alte Laute   
Johannes Brahms:   
(a)  Vor dem Fenster* / Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer / Feinsliebchen - Erlaube mir / Wie komm ich denn - Mein Madel hat einem Rosenmund
(b) ** Der Gang zum Liebchen - Therese / Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht
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Elena Gerhardt, Mezzo-Soprano - accompanied by:  Conrad Valentyn Bos  - except *Paula Hegner / Gerald Moore**  
HMV  RLS 759 (Wolf -7LP) - RLS 766 (Schubert -8LP) - RLS 1547003 (Schumann/Brahms -8LP) 
Transfers by Keith Hardwick (much waveform repair/editing by me, as usual..).  Have additional Schubert 78's (pre-1930).  
The artistry hereabouts is quite superb.  1907+1911 Gerhardt + Arthur Nikisch recordings are here >>>   "The Times" Hugo Wolf Society 1932 + 1928 Schubert >>>

18 August 2014

Adolf Busch & Rudolf Serkin play... Beethoven. Sonatas 3, 5, 7 / Schubert. Fantasia / Brahms. Sonatas 1, 2 - HMV 1931-1933

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Violin Sonatas
No.3 in E flat major, op.12/3     I: Allegro con spirito ~ II: Adagio con molt'espressione ~ III: Rondo - Allegro molto
No.5 in F major, op.24    I: Allegro ~ II: Adagio molto espressivo ~ III: Scherzo & Trio ~ IV: Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
No.7 in C minor, op.30/2     I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Adagio cantabile ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio ~ IV: Finale (Allegro)
Recorded: 5 May 1931 - HMV  DB.1519/20  (2B824-7)    /   17 May 1933 - DB.1970-2  (2B6702-7)   /
22 September 1932 - DB.1973-5  (2B3888-93)
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Franz Schubert:  Fantasia in C major, D.934  Andante molto  - Allegretto - Andantino - Allegro - Allegretto - Presto
Recorded: 6 May 1931 - HMV  DB.1521-3 (2B834-8)
Johannes Brahms:  Violin Sonatas   
No.1 in G major, op.78    I: Vivace ma non troppo ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Allegro molto moderato
No.2 in A major, op.100     I: Allegro amabile ~ II: Andante tranquillo ~ III: Allegretto grazioso - quasi andante
Recorded: 5? May 1931 - HMV  DB.1527-9  (2B817-22)    /   20 September 1932 - DB.1805/6 (2B3872-5)
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Adolf Busch, violin  &  Rudolf Serkin, piano  
HMV  EX 137 290306 3 (1985 DMM: 5LP)  /  World Records  SHB 53 (1978: 3LP)  /  SHB 61 (1980: 7LP)  Transfers by: Keith Hardwick (1985/1980) + Anthony Griffith (1978)
Files extensively edited.  Beethoven 3/7 have 'gritty' 78 surfaces (but very clear sound) - so only the most obtrusive defects have been removed.    Beethoven Quartets - Busch Qt

28 July 2014

Serge Koussevitzky / Boston S.O. - Prokofiev. Symphony 5 / Romeo & Juliet - Suite 2 ... Shostakovich. Symphony 9 - RCA 1945-7

Sergei Prokofiev:  "Romeo and Juliet" - Ballet Suite no.2, op.64b
I: The Montagues and Capulets  ~  II: Juliet: The Little Girl  ~  III: Dance  ~  IV: Romeo at Juliet's Grave
30 October 1945 - Symphony Hall, Boston
Sergei Prokofiev:  Symphony no.5 in B flat major, op.100    
I: Andante  ~  II: Allegro marcato  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Allegro giocoso
6/7 February 1946 - Symphony Hall, Boston
Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony no.9 in E flat major, op.70 **  
I: Allegro  ~  II: Moderato  ~  III: Largo  ~  IV: Allegretto
4 November 1946 / 2 April 1947 - Symphony Hall, Boston
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Boston Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Serge Koussevitzky  
RCA Victrola  VL 12021  1977 RCA Italy pressing/matrices: GKBP 31316 -1S / GKBY 31317 -2S   -&-  ** LVM2 7510 (2LP)  1974 RCA UK pressing/matrix: LVM2 7510 -D (also contains: Brahms. Symphony 3 / Tchaikovsky. Romeo & Juliet / R.Strauss. Don Juan / Hanson. Serenade).  The Shostakovich has been treble boosted (all 4 sides are lacking in HF extension).
Superb performances. Lots of editing-away of retained 'blips', etc.       1990 ARSC Koussevitzky discography      Prokofiev sleeve-note >>>

28 May 2014

Victor de Sabata / Rome Augusteo - Beethoven. Symphony 6 - HMV 1947

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68  ('Pastoral') 
I: Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande  (Allegro ma non troppo)  ~  II: Szene am Bach  (Andante molto mosso)  ~ 
III: Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute  (Allegro)  ~  IV: Gewitter, Sturm  (Allegro)  ~
V: Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefuhle nach dem Sturm  (Allegretto)
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Orchestra dell'Augusteo, Roma (Santa Cecilia)  conducted by  Victor de Sabata 
EMI/World Records  SH 235  1976 LP/matrices: 2XBA9193 -1 / 2XBA9194 -1  
Recorded: 23-25,29 January & 3 February 1947 - Argentina Theatre, Rome  (HMV DB.6743-7 -2BA6107-16)    Transfer by Anthony Griffith
1947 EMG review >>>    

20 May 2014

Charles Munch / Paris Conservatoire - Tchaikovsky. Symphony 6 - Decca 1948


Peter Tchaikovsky:  
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74  - "Pathetique" 
I:  Adagio - Allegro non troppo - Andante - Allegro vivo - Andante come primo  ~  II:  Allegro con grazia  ~    
III:  Allegro molto vivace  ~  IV:  Adagio lamentoso
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L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Charles Munch   
Decca  ACL 20   1958 LP/matrices: ARL395 -4Dr / ARL396 -3Dr  (the c.1950 dubbing?)    "Hi-Fi" sound...
Recorded: 24-27 May 1948 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris   originally 78's: AK1968-73  (1951 LP: LXT 2544)     
17 July 2011 files.  Slight de-click ('1.2')  + v.slight treble enhancement + further edited.     Not on CD      1948 EMG review >>>   

17 May 2014

Elgar. The Dream of Gerontius - Malcolm Sargent - HMV 1945

Sir Edward Elgar:  "The Dream of Gerontius", op.38    
Gerontius............... Heddle Nash, Tenor   
Angel......................... Gladys Ripley, Contralto
The Priest......................... Dennis Noble, Baritone
Angel of the Agony.................... Norman Walker, Bass
Huddersfield Choral Society  ~ Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Malcolm Sargent 
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HMV  RLS 709  2LP set, 1975.  Matrices:  HLM7047 A/B -1G/1G / HLM7048 A/B -1G/1G   
Recorded: 8-12 April 1945 - Huddersfield Town Hall   (HMV C.3435-3446 / 2ER 834-857)  Transfer by Bryan Crimp.
Lots of minor editing required - some slight treble enhancement applied.  The Best transfer available!!   

8 May 2014

Arturo Toscanini conducts... Wagner. Die Walkure -&- Gotterdammerung - Traubel / Melchior - NBC Concert 1941

Richard Wagner:
"Die Walkure"  - Act One, Scene 3   
"Die Gotterdammerung"  - Daybreak ~ Brunnhilde & Siegfried ~ Siegfried's Rhine Journey   
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Helen Traubel, Soprano  -  Lauritz Melchior, Tenor 
The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini  
RCA  RB 16274   First Edition 1962 Decca LP/mastering. Matrices: F2RP 6398 -1A / F2RP 6399 -1A     
NBC Broadcast of 22 February 1941 -  Carnegie Hall, New York 
Lots of acetate clicks, etc, removed.  Slight treble enhancement       Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

3 April 2014

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

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"   
London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham                
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download    
HMV  HLM 7154    1979 pressing/matrices: 2XEA 6532 -1 / 2XEA 6533 -1  
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)
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Royal Opera House Chorus - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham  
World Records  SH 1004 (1979)  /  HMV  ALP 1870 (1961)  /  HMV  RLS 7711 (1983 set)  Rec: 29/20 May 1936 - Covent Garden 'live' performances     HLM 7154  Sleeve-note >>>
http://www.arsc-audio.org/journals/v12/v12n3p240-257.pdf   - A comprehensive review of the 1979 Beecham LP issues by David Hall.

5 February 2014

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

Dmitri Shostakovitch:
Symphony no.7 in C major, op.60   "Leningrad"  
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Moderato (Poco allegretto)  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Allegro non troppo
The Symphony    FLAC   Mega Download           The Complete Broadcast     FLAC  Mega Download
The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini 
Live Broadcast: 19 July 1942 - Studio 8-H, NBC Radio City Studios. New York.      
A FLAC file appeared on 'Symphonyshare' - from which this derives; previously there was a 256mp3.  The recording, off-air, is presumably studio-made as the concert runs without breaks - other than about a dozen 'gaps' (and overlaps) - which I have remedied. There was considerable Electrical Storm interference - together with a variety of clicks, etc. The enormous amount of re-editing includes a slight re-equalisation.    
June 1942 Henry Wood Proms Concert (LPO/Wood) - "The Times" review >>>  

12 December 2013

Mattia Battistini - The 1902 Warsaw & 1906 Milan sessions - Gramophone & Typewriter

Warsaw 1902   Side One: - bands 1-5  /  bands 6-11
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Wagner: Tannhauser / Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Don Giovanni / 'La Mantilla' / 'Occhi di fata' / 'Ancora'
Rubinstein: Nero / Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Gounod: Faust / Donizetti: La Favorita

Milan 1906   Side Two: - bands 1-4  /  bands 5-9
Cocci: Per la patria / Verdi: Ernani / Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Don Giovanni / Flotow: Marta

Milan 1906   Side Three: - bands 1-5 + Side Thirteen: - band 8
La Favorita / Donizetti: Don Sebastiano / Un ballo in maschera / Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust / Herold: Zampa // Ernani
Mattia Battistini, Baritone  - with  Tilde Carotini, Mezzo-Soprano,  Emilia Corsi, Soprano,  Aristodemo Sillich, Bass   
1902: with Piano.  1906: with Orchestra  conducted by  Carlo Sabajno                                      5 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
HMV  EX 29 0790  1986 DMM 7LP set   Transfers by Keith Hardwick (mostly from metal masters). Lots of editing by me...  Recording data >>>             

27 October 2013

Beecham / LPO - Rossini. Overtures / Respighi. Rossiniana / Gretry - Columbia 1933-1940

Rossini: Overtures:
"La Scala di Seta"     /    "William Tell"    /      "La Gazza Ladra"     /     "Semiramide"
Respighi: "Rossiniana" - suite  
Gretry: "Zemire et Azor" - Air de Ballet * 
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham  
EMI/World Records  SH 313   1979 LP    Matrices: 2XEA 6534 -1 / 2XEA 6535 -1  
*Gretry from SHB 55 - French Showpieces  (coupled on 78's with 'Semiramide').   Transfers by Anthony Griffith.   16/44 HD    Sleeve-note >>>

21 September 2013

Lotte Lehmann - "Die Lyriken der Gesangskunst" - Grammophon/Odeon/HMV 1916-1935

Volume One: Side 1 - 106 Le Nozze di Figaro / 189 Die Zauberflote / 143 Der Freischutz / 084/085 Oberon / 103/104 Fidelio
Volume One: Side 2 - 190 Die Lustigen Weber von Windsor / 205 Manon / 185 Mignon / 151 Schmerzen / 152 Traume / 243 Die Walkure, Act 2 / 177 Tristan & Isolde
Volume One: Side 3 - 169 Tannhauser / 067 Lohengrin / 193 Othello / 102/149 Tosca / 200 M.Butterfly / 081 Turandot / 063 Die tote Stadt
Volume One: Side 4  - 111 Ariadne auf Naxos / 210 Arabella /  217 Der Rosenkavelier / 206 Die toten Augen / 107 Das Wunder der Heliane
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Volume Two: Side 1  - 207 Le Nozze di Figaro / 064/065 Der Freischutz / 169 Tannhauser / 005 Lohengrin / 009/066 Die Meistersinger
Volume Two: Side 2 - 177 Die Walkure / 176/184 Mignon / 175 Faust / 204 Tales of Hoffmann / 085 Andrea Chenier / 086 Jocelyn / 063 Die tote Stadt / 187 Die Fledermaus 
Volume Two: Side 3 - 056 Manon / 202 Werther / 052 Manon Lescaut / 150 La Boheme / 101 Tosca / 192 Madame Butterfly / 082 Turandot / 068 Der Rosenkavelier

Volume Two: Side 4 - 105 Der Rosenkavelier / 208/209 Arabella / Lieder: 124 Morgen / 181 Die Mainacht / 117 Der Nussbaum
/ 194 Die Lotusblume / 094 Der Tod und das Madchen / 091 An die Musik
Schubert Lieder: 095 Sie mir gegrusst / 096 Auf dem Wasser zu singen / 100 Geheimes  (HMV  RLS 766)  
Wagner: Lohengrin: 171 Euch luften / Die Walkure, Act 2: 242/243 Raste nun hier / 245/246 Zauberfest...  (HMV  RLS 7711  &  EX29 01313)
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EMI Electrola 'Dacapo'  1C 147-29 116/117  &  1C-30 704/05    EMI Germany LP's: c.1975 & (my purchase) 1977   
Chock-full of dazzling gems... (2 folders = 4'30")  Volume 2 has generally noisier transfers and much editing/waveform repair was required.
Current Discography @ http://lottelehmannleague.org  - as numbered above + sleeve-backs included in all folders / Sleeve-backs >>>

9 August 2013

Draeseke. Symphony 3 - Berlin Radio / Heinz Drewes - Urania 1955

Felix Draeseke:
Symphony no.3 in C major, op.40   "Symphonia Tragica"   
I:  Andante - Allegro risoluto  ~  II:  Grave: Adagio ma non troppo  
III:  Scherzo - Allegro molto vivace  ~  IV:  Finale - Allegro con brio
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"Berlin Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hermann Desser"  
attributed to:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin  conducted by  Dr. Heinz Drewes
Varese-Sarabande  VC 81092  (1979 US LP)   First issue: Urania URLP-7162.   Tape recording: circa 1942/3.          
Detailed commentary @ http://www.draeseke.org/discs/URLP7162.htm       Not on CD        Sleeve-note >>>   

21 July 2013

Pierre Monteux / San Francisco - Rimsky-Korsakov. Scheherazade - RCA 1942

Rimsky-Korsakov
"Scheherazade"  - Symphonic Suite, op.35.  
I: The Sea and the Vessel of Sinbad  ~  II: The Tale of the Prince Kalender ~   
III: The Young Prince and The Young Princess  ~  IV: The Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Vessel Is Wrecked - Conclusion
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Naoum Blinder, solo violin  - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Pierre Monteux    
RCA Camden  CDN 1009   1959 Decca pressing/matrices: J3RP 3695 -1A  /  J3RP 3696 -1A   
Recorded: 3/4 March 1942 - War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco.
Telephone Line transmission to Los Angeles. Recorded onto Film stock (this appears to derive from lacquers)   Sleeve-note >>>

27 June 2013

Hamilton Harty conducts... Hector Berlioz - (Halle / London Philharmonic) - Columbia 1931-1935

"Les Troyens"  - Royal Hunt & Storm.                 DX 291   (WAX 6062/3)    10 April 1931 **
"Roman Carnival"  - Overture.                 LX 172   (CAX 6227/8)    12 February 1932 **    
"Romeo and Juliet"  - Romeo Alone / Fetes.                DB 1230/1   (CA 13894-7)    7/9 September 1933    
"Beatrice and Benedict"  - Overture.                LX 511   (CAX 7331/2)    9 November 1934  
"Le Corsaire"  - Overture.                DX 664   (CAX 7334/3)    9 November 1934  
"Hamlet"  - Funeral March.                 LX 421   (CAX 7525/6)    26 April 1935                              6 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The Halle Orchestra **  /   London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Hamilton Harty  
EMI/World Records  SH 148   1971 LP/matrices: W 9270 -1 / W 9271 -1     
'Crackly' 78 transfers by Anthony Griffith    Terrific performances..       Sleeve-note >>>

12 June 2013

Hugo Alfven conducts... Alfven. Dalarapsodi / Symphony 3 - 1940 / EMI 1950

Hugo Alfven:  Dalarapsodi. op.48  (Swedish Rhapsody no.3)           
Knut Broberg, soprano-saxophone  ~ Stockholm Radio Orchestra  conducted by  The Composer  
Hugo Alfven:  Symphony no.3 in E major, op.23     I:  Allegro con brio   ~  II:  Andante ~ / ~ III:  Presto  ~  IV:  Allegro con brio 
Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra  conducted by  The Composer  
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EMI Sweden  4E 053-34620    1972 EMI Germany LP/matrices     Recorded: 7 November 1940 / 21-22 June 1950 - Stockholm Concert House  
"Dalarapsodi" slightly de-clicked (@1.7) + slight treble increase (<+1.4dB). The metalwork/shellac had huge clicks (described below as 'thousands of clicks and crackles').  The Symphony is a very good tape-recording  (both in: Phono Suecia PSCD 109: 1997 -3CD's)    
Swedish sleeve-note (+ machine translation of the technical details) >>>

15 May 2013

Wilhelm Backhaus plays... Chopin. Etudes / Schumann. Fantasie / Brahms. Paganini Variations /etc. - HMV 1908-1937

Chopin:  Etudes, op.10, nos.1-12    /    Etudes, op.25, nos.1-12
Schumann:  Fantasie in C major, op.17  /  Nachtstuck in F major, op.23/4  /  Fantasiestuck, op.12/2  
Brahms:  Paganini Variations, op.35    /     Handel:  The Harmonious Blacksmith   /  
J.S.Bach:  Pastorale (from Christmas Oratorio. BWV.248)    /    Liszt:  Liebestraum no.3   &   Hungarian Rhapsody, no.2
Delibes:  "Naila" - Waltz (arr: Dohnanyi)     /    Albeniz:  Tango (arr: Godowsky)   /    Rachmaninov:  Prelude, op.3/2
Wilhelm Backhaus, pianoforte       13 files zip FLAC  Mega Download                                                                              
EMI Electrola 'Dacapo'  137 290345 3  (2LP)   c.1984 German pressings.  Due to variable German EMI filtering/'noise-reduction' by 'Anon'
(plus some rough shellac surfaces) these performances are hardly heard at their best!  Despite being 'very noisy' the Brahms is fairly successful.
Have applied some minimal 'de-click' with slight treble boost (mostly ineffective due to limited retained frequency-range).  
...Mainly intended for 'un-fussy pianophiles'.     Grieg PC - Backhaus-NSO-Barbirolli - 1933 >>>       Full recording/composition details >>>

14 April 2013

Ljuba Welitsch sings... "Salome" (1944) -&- "Salome"/ Tchaikovsky / Verdi / Puccini / Weber / Lehar / Millocker - Columbia 1947-8 / Decca 1950

Tchaikovsky:  "Eugene Onegin" -  Tatiana's Letter Scene    /     Verdi:  "Aida" - Ritorna Vincitor! **
Puccini:  "La Tosca" -  Vissi d'arte     /    Weber:  "Der Freischutz" -  Wie nahte mir der Schlummer  
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Walter Susskind  (**Josef Krips)   
Puccini:  "La Boheme" -  Quando m'en vo?          Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Richard Strauss:  "Salome" - Final Scene.         Wiener Rundfunk Orchester  conducted by  Lovro von Matacic
Richard Strauss:  "Salome" - Jochanaan descends into the cistern  /  Final Scene  (with Gertrud Schuster, Contralto -&- Josef Witt, Tenor)*    
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Herbert von Karajan                              
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HMV  HLM 7006 + EMI/World Records  SH 286*  Matrices:  HLM 7006A -2 (SH 289 used)  / HLM 7006B -2G  + 2XVH 9134 -1*.

Tchaikovsky:  "The Queen of Spades" -  Ich muss am Fenster lehnen   /   Es geht auf Mitternacht
Verdi:  
"Un Ballo in Maschera" -  Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa   /   Morro, ma prima in grazia  
Lehar:
 "Zigeunerliebe" - Hor ich Cymbalklange     /     Lehar:  "Die Lustige Witwe" - Vilja-Lied   
Millocker-Mackeben:
 "Grafin Dubarry" - Ich schenk’ mein Herz      /     Lehar:  "Der Zarewitsch" - Einer wird kommen   
Vienna State Opera Orchestra   conducted by   Rudolf Moralt                                    4 files zip WAV  Mega Download 
Decca  BR 3053  (originally LXT 2567)   1960 10" LP/matrices: TRL938 -1B / TRL939 -1B.   Recorded: c.June 1950 - Musikvereinsaal, Vienna.  Decca: slightly re-edited: Dec.2013     EMI 78 transfers by: Bryan Crimp / *Anthony Griffith     (Texts/SH 286 details in HMV/WRC folder)       
1949/50 Met - Reiner/Rudolf recital       Paul Schoeffler - Decca 1950. Excellent recital        The superb 1952 Moralt/VSO 'Salome'

EMI sleeve-note/recording details + EMG reviews >>>

27 February 2013

Sir Edward Elgar conducts... Enigma Variations / String Serenade / Cockaigne - HMV 1926/1933

Sir Edward Elgar:
"Enigma Variations", op.36         
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra          Rec: 28 April + 30 August 1926 - Queens Hall    (D.1154-7)
Serenade in E minor for Strings, op.20         
London Philharmonic Orchestra            Rec: 29 August 1933 - Kingsway Hall   (DB.2132-3)
"Cockaigne" Overture, op.40        
BBC Symphony Orchestra            Rec: 11 April 1933 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road    (DB.1935-6)
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HMV  ALP 1464   First edition 1957 pressing/matrices: 2XEA1103 -3N / 2XEA1104 -2N    Transferred from metalwork (afterwards destroyed)
Subsequent issues from shellac pressings. (Treble = < +1.5dB due to some 'dullness': "Enigma" has some mild matrix crackle)     Sleeve-note >>>

21 February 2013

Sibelius. String Quartet (Budapest Quartet) -&- Telmanyi / Ignatius / Jensen - EMI 1933-1939

Jean Sibelius:
String Quartet in D minor, op.56  (Voces Intimae)  
I: Andante - Allegro molto moderato  ~  II: Vivace  ~  III: Adagio di molto  ~  IV: Allegretto (ma pesante)  ~  V: Allegro
The Budapest String Quartet  
Romance in F Major, op.78/2   /   Dance Champetre, op.106/2 & 1   -  Emil Telmanyi, violin  &  Gerald Moore  /  G. v. Vasarhelyi, pianos  
Auf der Heide, op.115/1    /   Mazurka, op.81/1    -  Anja Ignatius, violin  &  Timo Makkila, piano  
Malinconia, op.20    -  Louis Jensen, cello  &  Galina Werschenskaya, piano                           4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download 
EMI/World Records   SH 285    Issued 1979.   Matrices: 2XEA 5812 -1 / 2XEA 5813 -1  
78 Transfers by Anthony Griffith.   LP slightly de-clicked - with additional +2dB treble.            Recording details/sleeve-note >>>

9 February 2013

Francescatti & Casadesus play... Franck / Debussy. Violin Sonatas - CBS 1946/7

Cesar Franck:  Sonata in A major                        
I:  Allegretto ben moderato  -  II:  Allegro  -  III:  Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato)  -  IV:  Allegretto poco mosso 
Claude Debussy:  Sonata in G minor   
I:  Allegro vivo  -  II:  Intermede  -  III:  Finale       
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Zino Francescatti, violin  -&-  Robert Casadesus, piano  
EMI / Columbia  33CX 1111    Original 1953 pressing: 1949 Columbia ML 4178. CBS Matrices: XLP1175 -2C (recut) / XLP1176 -1B.  
Recorded: 7 May 1947 / 26 April 1946       Superlative Debussy performance (excellent sound).  The Franck amplified by 1dB to 'match' Mvt.IV (with its somewhat compressed dynamics).       Sleeve-note >>>

13 January 2013

Francesco Tamagno - 22 discs - Gramophone 1903-1904

Side One:   1. Otello:  Esultate!  /  2. Otello:  Niun mi tema  /  3. Otello:  Ora e per sempre  /  4. Andrea Chenier:  Un di all'azzurro spazio  / 
                 5. Il Profeta:  Re del cielo  /  6. Il Trovatore:  Di quella pira  /  7. Il Trovatore:  Di quella pira
Side Two:   8. Il Profeta:  Sopra Berta  /  9. Herodiade:  Adieu donc, vains objets  /  10. Sansone e Dalila:  Figli miei  /  
                 11. Guglielmo Tell:  O muto asil  /  12. Guglielmo Tell:  Corriam, corriamo
Side Three:  13. Otello:  Ora e per sempre  /  14. Guglielmo Tell:  Corriam, corriamo  /  15. Herodiade:  Quand nos jours  /  
                 16.  Il Trovatore: Deserto sulla terra  /  17. Otello:  Niun mi tema
Side Four:  18. Andrea Chenier:  Un di all'azzurro spazio  /  19. Otello:  Esultate!  /  20. Otello:  Ora e per sempre  /  21. Otello:  Niun mi tema  / 
                 22. Guglielmo Tell: O muto asil                4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Pearl  GEMM 208/9    TT:55"   Issued 1981 - subsequently a Pearl Opal CD (OOP): more titles appeared in a later Symposium 2CD set.   
These 2 LP's contain exceptionally vivid transfers - with large quantities of very noisy shellac bangs/clicks/thumps - now removed (some shellac sides remain quite crackly).   Here is some of/the most thrilling singing ever captured on disc.  Full record details/sleeve-note >>>

10 January 2013

Sir Thomas Beecham / London Philharmonic - "French Orchestral Showpieces" - Columbia 1934-1939

Chabrier:  "Espana" - Rhapsody
Bizet:  "Carmen" - suite   /   Bizet:  "L'Arlesienne" - suites 1 & 2  (excerpts)   /     Bizet:  "La jolie fille de Perth" - suite
Offenbach:  "The Tales of Hoffmann" - excerpts  
Debussy:  Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune    
Berlioz:  "La Damnation de Faust" - excerpts   /      Berlioz:  Le Carnaval Romain, op.9 - overture**            
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham    
EMI/World Records  SHB55 / SH1002**   Issued 1979.  78 Transfers by Anthony Griffith.   (Gretry included in Rossini-Beecham post, above)   
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19 November 2012

Artur Schnabel plays... Brahms. Piano Concerto 1 (LPO / Szell) - HMV 1938

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15   
I:  Maestoso  ~  II:  Adagio  ~  III:  Rondo (Allegro non troppo)  

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Artur Schnabel, piano  ~ London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Georg Szell   

EMI / World Records  SH 223    1975 Matrices: 2XEA 5193 -1 / 2XEA 5194 -1       78 Transfer by Anthony Griffith
Recorded: 9 January/18 December 1938 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road     (HMV DB.3712-7 - 2EA 5963-5974)    

15 November 2012

Lionel Tertis plays... Mozart. Sinfonia Concertante (Sammons / LPO / Harty), etc. - Columbia 1928-1933

Mozart:  Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K.384   
Albert Sammons, violin -&- Lionel Tertis, viola  ~ London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Hamilton Harty

Handel:  Passacaglia  (Harpsichord suite no.7)    - Lionel Tertis, viola  ~ accompanied by  Albert Sammons, violin
Brahms:  Minnilied III, op.71 no.5   /   Mendelssohn: Song without words, no.20 in E flat   
Liszt:  Liebstraum no.3 in A flat major   /   Delius:  "Hassan" - Serenade**   /    Pugnani:  Prelude & Allegro 
Lionel Tertis, viola ~ accompanied by  Ethel Hobday  /  **George Reeves, piano       
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HMV  HQM 1055   1966 LP/matrices: 2YEA 2935 -1 / 2YEA 2936 -1   
Excellent Mozart transfer (from metalwork: superior to my 78's.....the remainder derive from noisy shellcrap).     Full details/sleeve-note >>>