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  "Spring"  
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)
3 files zip FLAC  ZS Download                                        Adolf Busch, violin  &  Rudolf Serkin, piano  
HMV  EX 137 290306 3 (1985 DMM: 5LP's)  /  World Records  SHB 53 (1978: 3LP's)  /  SHB 61 (1980: 7LP's)  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

Louis MacNeice / Benjamin Britten. The Dark Tower - BBC 1946

Louis MacNeice:  "The Dark Tower"
Produced by  Louis MacNeice.   Incidental music by  Benjamin Britten:  conducted by  Walter Goehr    
Roland................ Cyril Cusack 
Sergeant-Trumpeter................ Harry Hutchinson
Gavin................ Frank Partington
The Mother................ Olga Lindo
The Tutor................ Mark Dignam
Sylvie................ Lucille Lisle
Blind Peter................ Ivor Barnard
The Soak................ Robert Farquharson
The Steward................ Howard Marion
Crawford Neaera................ Vera Maxime
Ship's Officer................ Charles Maunsell
The Priest................ Alexander Sarner
Roland's Father................ Laidman Browne
The Parrot................ Marjorie Westbury
The Raven................ Stanley Groome
The Clock Voice................ Duncan McIntyre
BBC Home Service - 21 January 1946.  (BBC Sound Archive - Tape T28119)  TT: 73"      FLAC  ZS Download
At the time of writing this is available from BBC online (128kbps).  This file has been very substantially reconstructed to eliminate almost all the defects/inferior sound-quality.

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 >>>

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 >>>    

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 >>>   

Elgar. The Dream of Gerontius - Malcolm Sargent - HMV 1945 .... Gerontius: Prelude - Adrian Boult - HMV 1934

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!!   


"The Dream of Gerontius", op.38   - Prelude
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The BBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Adrian Boult   
HMV  DB.2194   Matrices: 2B6845 -IIA / 2B6846 -IA   Recorded: 27 March 1934.  Disc purchased: 11 Dec.1935    

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 >>>

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.

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 >>>  

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 >>>             

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>   

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 >>>

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 >>>

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) >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

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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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)    

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 >>>