21 August 2015

Fritz Busch / Glyndebourne Festival - Mozart. Don Giovanni - HMV 1937

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  "Don Giovanni"   Dramma giocoso in due atti, K.527
Don Giovanni .......................... John Brownlee  (Bass)  
Donna Elvira .......................... Luise Helletsgruber  (Mezzo-Soprano) 
Don Ottavio .......................... Koloman von Pataky (Tenor)
Leporello.......................... Salvatore Baccaloni  (Bass)
Masetto .......................... Roy Henderson  (Bass)
Donna Anna .......................... Ina Souez  (Soprano)
Commendatore .......................... David Franklin  (Bass)
Zerlina .......................... Audrey Mildmay  (Soprano)
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus & Orchestra  conducted by  Fritz Busch   
Overture, Act One:  3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download         Act Two:  3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
EMI Pathe-Marconi  2C151-43057/9  1981: Previously unplayed set.  (HMV DB 2961-2983)   Recorded: 29 June/5 July 1936 - Glyndebourne
Transfers are possibly the 1954 from HMV ALP1199-1201.   Some presence boost seems to have been applied - with possibly some discreet echo. Surfaces are devoid of 78 background, and the sound is mostly vivid - side 1 is very marginally lower in volume.    1953/4 Salzburg VPO Furtwangler >>>     1938 Zauberflote - Beecham >>>   
Album notes / ARSC 1982 review (Philip Miller) >>>

17 May 2015

Victor de Sabata / London Philharmonic - Beethoven. Symphony 3 / Berlioz / Sibelius / Wagner - Decca 1946

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55  "Eroica"
I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Marcia Funebre, adagio assai ~ III: Scherzo -Allegro vivace ~ IV: Allegro molto  
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Hector Berlioz:  "Le Carnaval Romain" - overture   
Jean Sibelius:  "En Saga", op.9    /    "Kuolema", op.44 - Valse Triste 
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Richard Wagner:  "Die Walkure" - Ride of the Valkyries 
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Victor de Sabata    
Decca  6BB 236/7   Issued 1976   Recorded: 2+3/30/23+24/30 May 1946 - Walthamstow Town Hall  
A plethora of retained surface clicks necessitated very light de-click (@1.3) except for the better transferred/livelier Wagner.  These are not really to 'EMI standard', nor Decca's 1950's dubbings of Beethoven 5/6 (Schuricht/Kleiber) due to rather heavy filtering; so a slight treble increase didn't improve matters too much...      EMG reviews, 1947/8 >>>

18 April 2015

Yehudi Menuhin plays... J.S.Bach, Mozart, Wieniawski, Paganini, Chausson, Mendelssohn, Bruch - HMV 1931-1938

J.S.Bach: Violin Concerto no.1 in A minor, BWV.1041      I: Allegro (non tanto) ~ II: Andante ~ III: Allegro assai    
J.S.Bach: Double Concerto, BWV.1043   (with Georges Enescu, violin) **      I: Vivace ~ II: Largo ma non tanto ~ III: Allegro   
W.A.Mozart: Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K.216     I: Allegro ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Rondo (Allegro)   Cadenzas: Franko   
Paris Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Georges Enescu  &  Pierre Monteux **  
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Wieniawski: Legende, op.17      Colonne Concerts Orchestra  conducted by  Georges Enescu
Paganini: Violin concerto no.1 in D major, op.6      I: Allegro maestoso  (Cadenza: Saueret) ~ II: Adagio espressivo - Rondo (Allegro spiritoso)    
Chausson: Poeme, op.25 **      Paris Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Pierre Monteux  &  Georges Enescu ** 
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op.84     I: Allegro molto appasionato ~ II: Andante ~ III: Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace    C. Colonne cond. Georges Enescu
Bruch: Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26     I: Allegro moderato ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Finale (Allegro energico)     London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Landon Ronald  
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HMV  RLS 718  (3LP set: 1976)   Transfers by Anthony Griffith    (mucho editing by me...yet again)    Recording data / notes >>>   

2 April 2015

Busch Quartet play... Brahms. Piano Quartet op.26 -&- Piano Quintet op.34 (Rudolf Serkin), Clarinet Quintet (Reginald Kell), Horn Trio (Aubrey Brain), String Quartet op.51/1 - HMV 1932-1938

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Quartet in A major, op.26    (edited from the LH groove-wall, only)  
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Poco adagio ~ III: Scherzo (Poco Allegro) ~ IV: Finale: Allegro
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Piano Quintet in F minor, op.34     
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Andante, un poco adagio ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro) ~ IV: Finale: Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo
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Horn Trio in E flat major, op.40   
I: Andante ~ II: Allegro ~ III: Adagio mesto ~ IV: Finale: Allegro con brio
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String Quartet in C minor, op.51/1     
I: Allegro ~ II: Romanze: Poco adagio ~ III: Allegretto molto moderato e comodo ~ IV: Allegro
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Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op.115    
I: Allegro ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento ~ IV: Con moto
FLAC  Mega Download                                              Busch/Serkin - Brahms Violin Sonatas 1 & 2 (sides 13+14) >>>
Rudolf Serkin, piano - Aubrey Brain, horn - Reginald Kell, clarinet  - The Busch Quartet  (Adolf Busch, Gosta Andreasson, Karl Doktor, Hermann Busch)  
EMI World Records  SHB 61 (sides 2-10).  78 Transfers by Keith Hardwick.   SHB 61 notes + recording data / HMV 78 albums: op.26 & op.51/1 analytical notes >>> 

29 March 2015

Busch Quartet play... Brahms. String Quartet op.67, Piano Quartet op.25 (Rudolf Serkin) - Columbia 1949

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Quartet in G minor, op.25   
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante ~ III: Agitato (Allegretto non troppo) ~ IV: Poco Allegretto con Variazioni
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String Quartet in B flat major, op.67
I: Allegro ~ II: Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo) ~ III: Andante con moto - Animato ~ IV: Rondo alla zingarese (Presto)
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Rudolf Serkin, piano  - The Busch Quartet (Adolf Busch, Bruno Straumann, Hugo Gottesmann, Hermann Busch)
EMI World Records  SHB 61  (1980: 7LP - sides 1/2/11/12)   Transfers by Keith Hardwick.  Recording data in above post.   EMG reviews >>>    

20 March 2015

Busch Quartet play... Schubert, String Quartets D.112, D.810, D.887 & Piano Trio D.929 (Rudolf Serkin) - HMV 1935-1938

Franz Schubert:
String Quartet in B flat major, D.112     
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Andante sostenuto ~ III: Menuetto (Allegretto) ~ IV: Presto
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String Quartet in D minor, D.810  "Death and the Maiden"
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante con moto ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio ~ IV: Presto
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String Quartet in G major, D.887
I: Allegro molto moderato ~ II: Andante un poco moto ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio (Allegretto) ~ IV: Allegro assai
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Piano Trio in E flat major, D.929
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante con moto ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio ~ IV: Allegro moderato
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Rudolf Serkin, piano   -  The Busch Quartet               Busch/Serkin - Schubert "Fantasia" D.934 >>>             The Busch Quartet - 8 Beethoven Quartets >>>
EMI World Records  SHB 53 (3LP set: 1978)  Transfers by Anthony Griffith . Rec: 25 Nov.1938 / 16 Oct.1936/ 22+30 Nov.1938 /23 Oct.1935.  Box cover/notes & recording data >>>    

31 January 2015

Sir Thomas Beecham / RPO - Delius. Piano Concerto ~ Violin Concerto ~ Songs of Sunset ~ Song of the High Hills ~ Brigg Fair, etc - HMV 1946

Frederick Delius:
Violin Concerto     (Jean Pougnet, violin)  
Piano Concerto     (Betty Humby-Beecham, piano)  
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Songs of Sunset     (Nancy Evans, Mezzo-Soprano  ~  Redvers Llewellyn, Baritone  ~  BBC Chorus)
Song of the High Hills    (Freda Hart, Soprano  ~  Leslie Jones, Tenor  ~  Luton Choral Society)
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Paa Vidderne  (On the Mountains)   orch: Robert Sandheimer     /      Dance Rhapsody, no.2
Marche Caprice     /     "Brigg Fair" - An English Rhapsody     /      "Irmelin" - Prelude.  orch: Beecham
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham  
EMI World Records  SHB 54  (1979: 6LP set; previously unplayed)  78 transfers by Anthony Griffith  
EMI Studio 1: 31 Oct+1 Nov..4+16 Dec.1946 / 30 Nov..22 Nov.1946 / 26 Nov..3 Oct..19 Dec..26 Nov..21 Dec.1946
Brigg Fair/Marche Caprice are noisy shellac. Minimally edited those; & trying De-Click killed the clarity (Surprise!)...  
Different turntable set-up used.    Sammons - Moiseiwitsch versions of the Concerto's are below..    Richard Warren's 1979 ARSC review       SHB54 Text / Discography >>>

15 January 2015

Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - American in Paris ~ L'Arlesienne ~ Suppe, Waldteufel, Sousa - NBC/RCA 1943/45

Georges Bizet:  "L'Arlesienne"  - Suites 1 / 2  (excerpts)
I: Prelude ~ Minuetto ~ Adagietto   /   II: Pastorale ~ Carillon     (Studio 8-H  - 19 September 1943)
Franz Suppe:  "Poet & Peasant"     (Studio 8-H  - 18 July 1943)  
Emil Waldteufel:  Skater's Waltz, op.183     (Carnegie Hall  - 28 June 1945)            3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
George Gershwin:  "An American in Paris"  
John Philip Sousa:  "El Capitan"  -  "The Stars and Stripes Forever"      (Studio 8-H  - 18 May 1945)  
John Stafford Smith:  "The Star-Spangled Banner"      (Carnegie Hall  - 19 March 1942)         4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini  
Franklin Mint  TOS3  (1983 USA 5 LP's)  sides 4/7/10     label +mr pristine 'studio' piccie >>>
The Bizet extends to c.10kHz (piccolo to c.13kHz...); the former being the limits of Rose's claimed 'best transfer':  http://conta.cc/1AXFuC5

30 November 2014

Bach. Four Orchestral Suites - Busch Chamber Players - HMV 1936

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
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(folder includes 300dpi scans of SHB68 sleeve + HMV Analytical Notes for the 78 albums, including full performer details)
The Busch Chamber Players directed by  Adolf Busch   
EMI World Records   SHB 68   1980 2LP set/matrices: 2XEA 7017-7020 -1/-1/-1/-1.  Transfer by Keith Hardwick  
Recorded: 27/28 October 1936 - EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road.  All 78 matrices are 'First Takes'.  Wonderful performances - near silent-surfaces.    
Back sleeve >>>  

17 November 2014

Jascha Horenstein conducts... Bruckner. Symphony 7 - Berlin Philharmonic - Polydor 1928

Anton Bruckner:
Symphony no.7 in E major    
IAllegro moderato  ~  IIAdagio  
IIIScherzo ~ Trio  ~  IVFinale
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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Jascha Horenstein  
Unicorn  UNI 111  1975 PYE pressing/matrices: -1 / -1   Recorded 1928    
Slight de-click (1.4) +4dB Treble/rolled-off @ 10kHz. Mvts 3+4 amplified by 1.2dB..  There's a good Obert-Thorn 78 transfer (more heavily noise-reduced/murkier): oddly, the  mp3 mvt.1 sample  hits '0dB' @ c.9.30mins - 2.4dB more than the LP - relative to this transfers 0dB crescendo @ 17.28min.  However, this LP transfer has noticeably retained some 78 surface-noise compared to 'Mr Pristine's'....        Sleeve-note >>>

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..)  
The artistry hereabouts is quite superb.  1907+1911 Gerhardt + Arthur Nikisch recordings >>>   "The Times" Hugo Wolf Society 1932 + 1928 Schubert  reviews >>>  

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)   FLAC   Mega Download
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 - DB.1527-9  (2B817-22)   /  20 September 1932 - DB.1805/6 (2B3872-5)  
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download                                 Adolf Busch, violin  &  Rudolf Serkin, piano  
HMV  EX 137 290306 3 (1985 DMM: 5LP)  /   EMI 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.    

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 >>>    

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  
EMI World Records  SH 1004 (1979)  /  HMV  ALP 1870 (1961)  /  HMV  RLS 7711 (1983 set)  Rec: 29/20 May 1936 - Covent Garden: 'live'    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 - 'Leningrad' - 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 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/Sir Henry 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) >>>