CRQ Editions: Summer 2021

CRQ Editions is a specialist label that publishes unusual recordings — available for download via Bandcamp — DVDs and discographies, all devoted to great musicians.

We are proud to announce below the latest releases of CRQ Editions.


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New downloads — CRQ 400 Series

National Gramophonic Society world premiere recordings 1924-1925: Schubert Piano Trio No. 2; Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht / Spencer Dyke, Harold Craxton and others.
Two historic first recordings, among the finest offerings of the National Gramophonic Society.
CRQ 451 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 451 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Vladimir Horowitz Live in Recital Leningrad 29 04 1986: D. Scarlatti, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Chopin, Moszkowski.
In contrast to the famous Moscow recital of the same period, Horowitz’s Leningrad recital sees him free from anxiety and on top form in a highly demanding programme.
CRQ 452 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 452 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 'Choral' Live Vienna Festival 07 06 1960: Wilma Lipp, Ursula Boese, Fritz Wunderlich, Franz Crass, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Singverein / Otto Klemperer.
Klemperer’s mighty Vienna 1960 ‘Choral’ - long famed but hard to hear, until now.
CRQ 453 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 453 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Maurice Handford conducts Vol. 2: Bax Symphony No. 4 (1930): Halle Orchestra, Manchester 1965.
Another magisterial account from Maurice Handford of one of the pillars of inter-war British music.
CRQ 454 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 454 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)


Grigori Ginzburg plays: Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4 and Study in C major; Liszt Five pieces from the First Year of the Years of Pilgrimage: Switzerland., Moscow 1947-1951.
The great Soviet pianist - little-known in the West - in corner-stone repertoire. Dazzling pianism.
CRQ 455 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 455 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Handel: Joshua: Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Procter, Peter Pears, Trevor Anthony, Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra / George Cleall, Aldeburgh Festival 1958.
Excellent Handel in superb sound. British singing at its finest.
CRQ 456-457 available as downloads from Bandcamp: CRQ 456CRQ 457 (Two for the price of one: £4 each – individual tracks may be purchased separately)


National Gramophonic Society world premiere recordings Vol. 3: Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1, Brahms Sextet No. 1 Op. 18 / Spencer Dyke Quartet and Friends, London 1925.

More historical treasures from the NGS archives.
CRQ 458 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 458 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)


Pfitzner: Von Deutsch Seele: Erna Berger, Elisabeth Hongen, August Seider, Ludwig Weber, German Opera House Chorus, Berlin Radio Orchestra / Hans Pfitzner, Berlin 1941.

Pfitzner himself conducts one of his finest works. An ultra-rare recording.
CRQ 459-460 available as downloads from Bandcamp: CRQ 459 - CRQ 460 (Two for the price of one: £4 each – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Hugo Rignold Conducts: The Miller International Recordings Vols 1 and 2: Dukas,: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Ravel: Bolero; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ‘From The New World’; Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel, Suite; Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain. London Philharmonic Orchestra / Hugo Rignold, London 1959.
Fabulous recordings in great sound from a major if lesser-known twentieth-century British conductor.
CRQ 461-462 available as downloads from Bandcamp: CRQ 461 - CRQ 462 (Two for the price of one: £4 each – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Hanae Nakajima Plays Beethoven Vols 1 and 2: Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1, 2, 5 ‘Emperor’ and 7 Bagatelles Op. 33. Hanae Nakajima, piano, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra / Rato Tschupp. Nuremberg circa 1970.
The fine Japanese pianist’s complete Beethoven recordings. 
CRQ 463-464 available as downloads from Bandcamp: CRQ 463 - CRQ 464 (Two for the price of one: £4 each – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Massenet: Herodiade (extracts): Michelle Le Bris, Denise Scharley, Guy Chauvet, Robert Massard, Adrien Legros, conductor Jesus Etcheverry. The Vega-Polaris recording of 1961, recorded in the Salle Wagram, Paris.
The first extensive recording of music from this great work. Superb French singing.
CRQ 465 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 465 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Kurt Sanderling: The Great Soviet Recordings, Vols 1 and 2: Mozart Divertimento No. 17, K. 334; Sibelius; Symphony No. 5; Rachmanninoff: Symphony No. 1. Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra / Kurt Sanderling. Recorded by Melodiya in the 1950s.
Extraordinary music making of style, depth and vigour.
CRQ 466-467 available as downloads from Bandcamp: CRQ 466 - CRQ 467 (Two for the price of one: £4 each – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Sir Granville Bantock: The Paxton Recordings and other rarities. Recorded by Paxton in the 1940s.
18 tracks of rare Bantock, six with Bantock himself conducting.
CRQ 468 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 468 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)


Barbirolli conducts the two Elgar Symphonies live: Vols. 1 and 2: Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A flat, Op. 55 / Halle Orchestra / King's Lynn Festival 24 07 1970; Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat, Op. 63 / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston 07 07 1964
Unforgettable interpretations from a truly great conductor of Elgar.
CRQ 469-470 available as downloads from Bandcamp: CRQ 469 - CRQ 470 (Two for the price of one: £4 each – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

New downloads are added regularly to CRQ Edition’s Bandcamp website so please check it for the latest releases -  https://crqeditions.bandcamp.com


New DVDs and DVD-ROMs    

Joseph Keilberth conducts Richard Strauss’s Arabella Munich 1964
Arabella: Lisa della Casa; Zdenka: Anneliese Rothenberger; Mandryka: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Adeliade: Ira Malaniuk; Count Waldner; Karl Christian Kohn; Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Joseph Keilberth, conductor. Live television broadcast from the Prinzregentheater, Munich, 1964.
Another treasure from Munich. Lisa della Casa remains the supreme interpreter of the title role of Strauss’s magnificent opera, and she is ably supported here by an all-star cast for the period, including Anneliese Rothenberger and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Keilberth conducts with great stylistic authority. Stage direction by Rudolf Hartmann.
CRQ DVD26 (1 DVD) £15 including postage.

Homage to Piero Coppola: the essential recordings
A comprehensive overview of Piero Coppola’s recordings, containing music by twenty-six composers, as well as a selection of operatic excerpts, all in mp3 format. Also contains William Holmes’s Coppola discography of 1973 to aid identification (see also new book releases below).
CRQ CD-ROM 01
1 CD-ROM and electronic discography £15 inc postage
Direct Digital Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).

The great pirate LP labels: Estro Armonico: Vol. 4
The fourth volume in our projected complete publication of all the recordings issued by the 1970s pirate label Estro Armonico, one of the most interesting of the pirate labels of the period, contains 12 outstanding complete performances in mp3 form. They are: Berlioz The Damnation of Faust Naples 1964 Maag Simionato; Verdi Oberto RAI Turin 1951 Simonetto Vitale; Massenet Don Quichotte RAI Milan 1957 Simonetto Berganza; Rossini La Gazza Ladra London 1979 Zedda Pizzo; Zandonai Francesca da Rimini Milan 1959 Gavazzeni Olivero; Puccini La Boheme Milan 1977 Pretre Cotrubas; Verdi Don Carlos New York 1955 Adler Steber; R. Strauss Elektra Salzburg 1964 Karajan Varnay; Ponchielli La Gioconda New York 1962 Cleva Farrell; Tchaikovsky Mazeppa Florence 1954 Perlea Olivero; Giordano Fedora Lucca 1969 Annovazzi Olivero; Rossini Mose RAI Rome 1968 Sawallisch Zylis-Gara.
CRQ DVD25
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digital Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).


Previous DVD and DVD-ROM releases

Rafael Kublelik conducts Janacek’s ‘Jenufa’
Jenufa: Hildegard Hillebrecht; Kostelnicka: Astrid Varnay; Laca: Willam Cochrane; Steva; Jean Cox; Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik, conductor. Live television broadcast from the National Theatre, Munich, 1970

The great Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik had few equals as a conductor of the operas of Janacek, and his direction of ‘Jenufa’ was particularly outstanding, remembered at Covent Garden and in both the USA and Europe. This rare recording of his conducting a performance at Munich’s National Theatre in 1970 has further advantages: the production is by the great German stage director Günther Rennert, and the cast includes the mesmerising Astrid Varnay as the Kostelnicka.
CRQ DVD24 (1 DVD) £15 including postage.

Homage to Eleanor Steber: a great American prima donna
Eleanor Steber shot to prominence on winning the Metropolitan Opera’s Auditions of the Air in 1940, and stayed at the top of her profession for the next twenty years. During this time she sang with a dizzying array of the world’s greatest conductors in America and Europe, including Sir Thomas Beecham / Falstaff, George Szell / Don Giovanni, Eugene Ormandy / Butterfly, Fritz Busch / Figaro, Fritz Reiner / Rosenkavalier, Fritz Stiedry / Cosi, Karl Bohm / Frau ohne Schatten, Wozzeck, Joseph Keilberth / Lohengrin, Dmitri Mitropoulos / Fanciulla del West, Vanessa, Rudolf Kempe / Arabella, Jonel Perlea / Idomeneo, and Charles Munch / Damnation of Faust. This DVD-ROM brings together all of these fourteen performances complete in mp3 form to create a homage to one of the greatest opera singers ever produced by the USA.
CRQ DVD23
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

The great pirate LP labels: Estro Armonico: Vol. 3
The third volume in our projected complete publication of all the recordings issued by the 1970s pirate label Estro Armonico, one of the most interesting of the pirate labels of the period, contains 12 outstanding complete performances in mp3 form. They are: Verdi Il Trovatore Milan 1953 Votto Callas; Verdi Nabucco Naples 1949 Gui Callas; Bellini La Sonnambula Milan 1955 Bernstein Callas; Mozart Così fan Tutte Milan 1956 Cantelli Schwarzkopf; Mascagni Iris Turin 1956 Questa Olivero; Wagner Das Rheingold Bayreuth 1957 Knappertsbusch; Wagner Die Walküre Bayreuth 1957 Knappertsbusch; Wagner Siegfried Bayreuth 1957 Knappertsbusch; Wagner Götterdämmerung Bayreuth 1957 Knappertsbusch; R. Strauss Salome Munich1953 Weigert Varnay; Verdi Attila Berlin 1971 Patanè Janowitz.
CRQ DVD22
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digital Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Sir Adrian Boult conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Elgar and Beethoven
In February 1964 Sir Adrian Boult made a TV studio recording with the London Symphony Orchestra playing Nimrod and WN from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and a complete performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’. The recording was made by Associated Rediffusion Television, but has never been broadcast. A good copy of the video recording has recently come to light and is now offered as a DVD, complete with notes by the London Symphony Orchestra’s discographer Philip Stuart. 
CRQ DVD21 (1 DVD) £15 including postage.

Jascha Horenstein: The Complete Vox Recordings 1952-1960
Between 1952 and 1960 the conductor Jascha Horenstein recorded a representative repertoire for the Vox label. This was the only long-term contractual relationship that Horenstein enjoyed during his career, and the resulting recordings helped to establish his international reputation. The composers covered include: Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, Haydn, Janacek, Liszt, Mahler, Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Wagner. This DVD-ROM contains all the published Vox titles in mp3 form.
CRQ DVD20
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you). 

The great pirate LP labels: Estro Armonico: Vol. 2
The second volume in our projected complete publication of all the recordings issued by the 1970s opera pirate label Estro Armonico, one of the most interesting pirate labels of the 1970s, contains 13 outstanding complete performances in mp3 form. They are: Giordano Andrea Chenier Milan 1955 Votto; Puccini Tosca New York 1965 Cleva; Weber Der Freischütz Cologne 1955 E. Kleiber; Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Milan 1956 Giulini; Rossini Armida Venice 1970 Franci; Verdi  Falstaff  Milan 1952 De Sabata; Verdi I Vespri Siciliani Florence 1951 E. Kleiber; Catalani Loreley Milan 1968 Gavazzeni; Verdi Rigoletto Rome 1966 Giulini; Bellini Norma London 1952 Gui; Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Milan 1951 Furtwängler; Verdi Simon Boccanegra New York 1960 Mitropoulos; Massenet Milan 1969 Maag. 
CRQ DVD19
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

The great pirate LP labels: Estro Armonico: Vol. 1
Little is formally known about the LP pirate label Estro Armonico. It flourished during the mid-1970s, publishing around sixty complete opera sets. The overall artistic standard of the recordings issued is very high, and the catalogue as a whole provides a fascinating insight into operatic tastes during the 1970s. This first volume in a projected complete republication of all the recording published by Estro Armonico contains 12 complete performances in mp3 form: Verdi Aida Mexico City 1951 De Fabritiis; Bizet Carmen Rome 1949 Bellezza; Verdi La Traviata Vienna 1971 Krips; Bellini Il Pirata New York 1959 Rescigno; Verdi Macbeth Milan 1952 De Sabata; Donizetti Poliuto Milan 1960 Votto; Verdi Luisa Miller New York 1968 Schippers ; Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Bayreuth 1943 Furtwängler; Spontini La Vestale Milan 1954 Votto; Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Salzburg 1974 Karajan; Donizetti La Favorita Tokyo 1971 De Fabritiis; Mozart Don Giovanni Paris 1975 Solti.
CRQ DVD18
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Homage to Ljuba Welitsch
The Bulgarian soprano Ljuba Welitsch burst onto the international operatic scene immediately after the Second World War, and established herself as the dramatic soprano of her generation. She excelled in demanding roles such as the title parts in Richard Strauss’s ‘Salome’ and ‘Aida’ and in ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’, as well as proving to be a fine comedienne in Johann Strauss’s ‘Die Fledermaus’. This DVD-ROM brings together in mp3 form all her extant sound recordings, and includes numerous examples of her performances in song, operatic excerpts as well as complete operas.
CRQ DVD17
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Gigliola Frazzoni and Carla Gavazzi on film
Puccini: La Fanciulla del West: Gigliola Frazzoni (Minnie); Ken Neate (Dick Johnson); Mario Petri (Jack Rance); Chorus and Orchestra of RAI Milan / Alfredo Simonetto, conductor; Mario Lanfranchi, director. 13 03 1956
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Carla Gavazzi (Santuzza); Mario Ortica (Turiddu); Giuseppe Valdengo (Alfio); Maria Amadini (Mamma Lucia); Rosita Gilardi (Lola). Chorus and Orchestra of RAI, Milan / Arturo Basile, conductor; Mario Lanfranchi, director. 11 07 1956
Two rare Italian films of opera made for television featuring explosive performances from Gigliola Frazzoni and Carla Gavazzi, both on top form. (Please see new sound releases CRQ 411 and 412 and DVD15 below)
CRQ DVD16 (1 DVD) £15 including postage.

The Cetra Sopranos: Gigliola Frazzoni and Carla Gavazzi
During the post-war era the Cetra LP label introduced international audiences to many excellent Italian singers of the period, most of whom were eclipsed in the public eye by the major record companies’ contracted artists. Two of the most exciting sopranos of the period were Carla Gavazzi and Gigliola Frazzoni, both of whom delivered emotionally charged performances of the traditional operatic repertoire. This DVD-ROM brings together not only their original Cetra recordings but also live operatic performances of note.
CRQ DVD15
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Rudolf Kempe conducts opera in New York and London
The conductor Rudolf Kempe remains one of the greatest conductors of opera to have appeared since the Second World War, still unparalleled in his realisations of the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss as well as of many other major composers. This new DVD-ROM brings together in mp3 format all his broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera during the two seasons that he appeared there, 1954-1955 and 1955-1956, and many of his performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1953 to 1973.
CRQ DVD14
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Homage to Flaviano Labò
The Italian tenor Flaviano Labò was a mainstay of the world’s major operatic stages from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. However competition was intense at this time – for instance Corelli and Bergonzi were just two distinguished contemporaries – and Labò made only two studio recordings of complete operas. This DVD-ROM seeks to redress the balance by bringing together more than a dozen recordings of Labò’s complete live opera performances on a single DVD-ROM in mp3 format, to provide an overview of his considerable strengths as a powerful and communicative singer. The list of the prima donnas with whom he sang is alone staggering: Caballé, Cerquetti, Gencer, Maragliano, Olivero, Leontyne Price, Ricciarelli, Roberti, Stella, Tebaldi, Tucci and Zeani to name just a few. Not to be missed by lovers of full-strength operatic performances.
CRQ DVD13
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Sergiu Celibidache: the complete concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, 1978-1982
Between 1978 and 1982 the celebrated Romanian-born conductor Sergiu Celibidache conducted seven concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Celibidache’s impact on both the Orchestra and on London’s musical life was profound. This new DVD-ROM contains all these concerts in very good broadcast sound, encoded in mp3 files at 360kps.
CRQ DVD12
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

The San Francisco Opera: the Kurt Adler era, 1960-1982
The collected Mike Richter CD-ROMs brought together on one DVD-ROM, devoted to recordings from the San Francisco Opera chronicling the era when conductor Kurt Herbert Adler was in charge of this fine opera company. This DVD-ROM contains over 60 complete opera recordings in good mp3 sound, many with exemplary casts and interesting conductors. During this period the San Francisco Opera certainly gave the Metropolitan Opera in New York a run for its money, and here is the aural evidence. Comes with booklet giving complete cast details.
CRQ DVD11 
1 DVD-ROM and electronic booklet £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Břetislav Bakala conducts Janáček: the legendary Brno Radio broadcasts of the operas, together with other recordings
This DVD-ROM brings together in mp3 format all the major Janáček operas, as well as other music by Janáček, including the legendary 1949 recording of Taras Bulba, conducted by the composer’s close disciple, Břetislav Bakala. Includes a 40-page monograph on the subject by noted Janacek scholar Nigel Simeone.
CRQ DVD10
1 DVD-ROM and mongraph £18 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £15 (link will be emailed to you).

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts opera live, 1936-1958
The vast majority of Beecham’s live opera recordings from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1930s and 1950s), the Metropolitan Opera, New York (1940s), the BBC (1940s and 1950s) and the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (1958) - 31 different operas in total, either complete or extracts where no full recording exists, on one DVD-ROM in mp3 format.
CRQ DVD9
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).

Free download!
Sir Thomas Beecham’s second, 1956, BBC broadcast of Bizet’s ‘La Jolie Fille de Perth’
, starring Mattiwilda Dobbs as Catherine, Alexander Young as Henry and Anna Pollak as Mab. Omitted from our ‘Beecham conducts Opera Live’ DVD-ROM (above), now at last located, and offered as a free download.


Three cycles of Wagner’s ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ from the Bayreuth Festival: Joseph Keilberth, 1952; Hans Knappertsbusch, 1957; Lorin Maazel, 1968
Three Ring cycles from the Bayreuth Festival conducted by different but equally powerful interpreters of this masterpiece. This DVD-ROM presents all three cycles complete in good sound, encoded in mp3 format. 
CRQ DVD8
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).


Homage to Hermann Abendroth: the complete Arlecchino CD edition
The Hermann Abendroth edition published on the Arlecchino label during the 1990s presented an excellent cross-section of Abendroth's post-war recordings. This DVD-ROM presents all 22 volumes published originally on CD in mp3 format.
CRQ DVD7
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).


Homage to Magda Olivero (1910-2014)

Mefistofele – excerpts, La Wally, Adriana Lecouvreur (3), Fedora, Iris, Werther, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Turandot, La Visita della vecchia Signora (von Einem), Francesca da Rimini, on a DVD-ROM in mp3 format.
CRQ DVD6
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).


Carlos Kleiber conducts opera live, 1965-1990

Falstaff, Wozzeck, Tristan (2), Rosenkavalier (5), Fledermaus (2), Otello (3), Elektra (2), La Traviata (3), Carmen, La Bohème (3), on a DVD-ROM in mp3 format.
CRQ DVD5
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).

Carlo Sabajno and Lorenzo Molajoli: the electric opera recordings for HMV and Columbia
All the major electric recordings of complete and excerpted operas made in Milan by these two major conductors of the inter-war period. Complete with a pdf of the lavishly illustrated Italian Columbia catalogue of 1932 and other documents.
CRQ DVD4
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).


Urania Records Inc. – the complete opera catalogue

This DVD-ROM contains in MP3 form all the complete opera recordings and unique highlights discs published by Urania Records Inc., in the USA from 1951 onwards, from the pre-Urania Kempe Der Rosenkavalier released by the Oceanic label in 1950 to Urania’s final complete opera recording, Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, of 1958.
CRQ DVD3
1 DVD-ROM £15 inc postage.
Direct Digtal Download £12 (link will be emailed to you).


Books — new publications 

Homage to Piero Coppola: the essential documents  
• Piero Coppola: Dix sept ans de musique à Paris 1922-1939 Lausanne 1944
  (Coppola’s autobiography, in French)
• Piero Coppola: Biography (in English) by William Holmes Le Grand Baton 1973
• Piero Coppola: Discography (in English) by William Holmes Le Grand Baton 1973
Three essential documents for the study of one of the recording industry’s formative figures. Coppola’s first-hand account of his time in charge of the HMV label in France presents an unique view of how the recording industry operated during the inter-war period. The September – November 1973 issue of the Journal of The Sir Thomas Beecham Society, Le Grand Baton, presented a detailed biography of Coppola in English, and a comprehensive Coppola discography, both by the American scholar, William Holmes. Taken all together these documents present an excellent overview of the career of this great musician. (See also the CD-ROM of Coppola’s recordings, Homage to Piero Coppola: the essential recordings, offered under new DVD-ROMS and CD-ROMS above.)
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK021


Singing For Arthur
by Robin Moore
This book is devoted to Arthur Oldham, one of the greatest English chorus masters in the second half of the twentieth century. It is written from the point of view of a chorister who had the privilege of singing symphonic choral music under Oldham’s direction, first as a member of the LSO Chorus from 1969 to 1974 and then the Edinburgh Festival Chorus from 1974 to 1977. The book describes how Arthur Oldham became a chorus master and examines his approach and methods with regard to choral training. It looks at the origins and development of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Oldham’s work with the LSO Chorus. Pre-eminent among the conductors he worked with are Carlo Maria Giulini and Colin Davis and the book examines his relationship with both. The list of legendary conductors he also worked with includes Bernstein, Stokowski, Kertesz, Previn, Abbado and Barenboim. To that list two composer-conductors, Britten and Tippett need to be added, and particularly the former as Arthur was Britten’s only composition pupil. The book looks at and compares the differing interpretative approaches to the choral masterworks of these conductors and reviews the critical reaction to the resulting concerts and recordings. It also chronicles the stresses and satisfactions of an amateur chorister who has to hold down a demanding job while singing symphonic choral music at the highest level with major orchestras under leading maestros of the day.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK020


The Philharmonia Orchestra – the revised discography
by Brian Godfrey and Philip Stuart. A new edition, extensively revised, of the discography of the Philharmonia Orchestra, packed with much fascinating detail.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK019


Earlier publications

Sir Georg Solti: A Discography by Brian Godfrey, edited by Philip Stuart. The recorded output of the great Hungarian born conductor Sir Georg Solti represents one of the corner stones of the operatic and symphonic repertoire on disc from the 1950ss to the turn of the century. The late Brian Godfrey’s discography, edited by Philip Stuart, presents this unique legacy in a clear and easily understood format.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK018


Recording Classical Music in Britain: The long 1950s
by Terence Curran. A reprint of Terence Curran’s ground breaking PhD thesis of 2015 which examines in detail the development of the recording of classical music from 1948 to 1964, the era of the long-playing record and of stereophonic sound. Essential reading for all with an interest in the history of recording during this key period.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK017


Victor Olof: An Autobiography
. The distinguished record producer Victor Olof was a key figure in the establishment of the Decca classical catalogue after the Second World War. Following his retirement he committed his memoirs to paper but these were never published. We have acquired a typescript of his autobiography which describes his life and career up to his departure from Decca in 1956. The text provides a vivid insight into the early days of LP recording.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK016 


Artur Schnabel: A Discography
, by Brian Godfrey. The Austrian-American pianist, composer and teacher Artur Schnabel remains a living presence in contemporary music, not least through his recorded legacy. The late Brian Godfrey’s discography lists Schnabel’s full recorded output in a clear and easily understood format. It will be an essential work of reference for admirers of this protean musician.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK015 

Vernon Handley: A Discography, by Brian Godfrey. The British conductor Vernon Handley (1930-2008), a pupil of Sir Adrian Boult, transformed the catalogue of recordings by British composers by championing many previously unknown or neglected works. This discography of his recordings by the late Brian Godfrey will be invaluable to admirers of both British music and of this great musician.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK014 


The BBC’s Orchestras on Record
, by Philip Stuart. This very extensive discography covers not only the recordings of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and their predecessors, but also the BBC’s regional orchestras based in Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. Running to over 700 pages, this is an impressive work of research and scholarship, which will be an invaluable aid to record collectors world-wide. Philip Stuart’s previous discographies include authoritative works on the recordings of the London Symphony Orchestra, whose archive record collection he curates, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, Adrian Boult, Britten, Decca and the Saga labels. Updated October 2020.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK013


Richard Hickox: A Discography
, by Brian Godfrey. Sir The British conductor Richard Hickox, who died at the age of 60 in 2008 of a heart attack, left a substantial discography which he had generated in a relatively short space of time. Hickox was a masterly conductor of choral music in general and of English music in particular. He later branched out into baroque music and opera, in both of which he excelled. This first discography of his substantial record legacy by Brian Godfrey covers his work in great detail
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK012


Sir Colin Davis: A Discography
, by Brian Godfrey. Sir Colin Davis, who died six years ago in 2013, left a significant legacy of sound recordings, which are listed in depth in this latest discography compiled by Brain Godfrey. It is an essential companion to his discography of Sir Charles Mackerras (see below), Davis's exact contemporary and frequent colleague in both opera house and concert hall. Together these documents form an essential testimony to British musical life at the end of the last century. Updated 1 July 2019.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK011


Sir Charles Mackerras: A Discography,
by Brian Godfrey. Sir Charles Mackerras was one of the most prolific recording artists of his generation, active from the early 1950s right up to his death in 2010. This new discography presents his recorded legacy in greater depth than ever before. Updated 2 Nov 2019.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK010  


Richard Bonynge, CBE: A Discography,
by Brian Godfrey. The first detailed discography to be published devoted to the formal and informal recordings of the Australian conductor and pianist Richard Bonynge. An essential document for every collector of vocal and operatic LP recordings. Updated 11 Jan 2020.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK009


Studies in the history of recording, volume 8:
Classics Club / Saga, 1956-1986, a discographical adventure’ by Philip Stuart. Several years in the making this expertly written monograph and discography charts the incredibly tangled web of budget labels run by the entrepreneur Marcel Rodd. Almost 500 pages in length, it provides much fascinating reading as well as essential information for all second-hand LP record collectors. Absolutely not to be missed. Updated August 2020.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK008 


Studies in the history of recording, volume 7:
Benjamin Britten Performing and Performed. A Centenary Discography' by Philip Stuart. Britten performing his own music, Britten performing music by other composers and Britten’s music performed by other artists. Updated January 2020
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK007

Studies in the history of recording, volume 5: ‘The English Chamber Orchestra – the discography of the world’s most recorded chamber orchestra’ by Philip Stuart. An extensive discography of the English Chamber Orchestra, packed with much fascinating detail. Updated June 2019. Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK005.  

 
Studies in the history of recording, volume 4:Style and Tradition in String Quartet Performance: a study of 32 recordings of Beethoven's Op.131 Quartet’ by Richard Turner. A reprint of Richard Turner’s landmark PhD thesis of 2004, which examines 32 recordings of Beethoven’s Op. 131 String Quartet made between 1924 and 1995 in great detail, revealing many new insights.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK004


Studies in the history of recording, volume 3: ‘
Adrian Boult, 1889-1983. A Chronological Discography’ by Philip Stuart. A specially commissioned new discography by master discographer Philip Stuart of the recordings of Sir Adrian Boult containing much new detail. Kindly supported by Colin Pointer. Updated October 2020
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK003


Studies in the history of recording, volume 1: ‘The influence of recording and the record industry upon music activity, as illustrated by the careers of Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Georg Solti and Sir Simon Rattle’ – a reprint of the PhD thesis of 2001 by David Patmore. 
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK001


Recent releases

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (abridged) - Columbia-Italy, 1931
Adina: Inez Alfani-Tellini, soprano; Nemorino: Cristy Solari, tenor; Belcore: Edoardo Faticanti, baritone; Dr. Dulcamara: Lorenzo Conati, baritone; Gianetta: Ida Adina: Mannarini. Chorus and orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Lorenzo Molajoli, conductor. Original recording made by Columbia- Italy during 1931
This recording of Donizetti’s scintillating comic opera L’elisir d’amore, made by the Italian branch of Columbia in Milan in 1931, has received very limited circulation since its original publication. Why this should be so is a mystery, given the high spirits and stylish delivery of all the participants under the experienced baton of Lorenzo Molajoli. A true operatic gem.
CRQ 439 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 439 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Friedrich Wührer plays Piano Concertos by Dvorak and Grieg
Dvorak: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33*. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16**. Friedrich Wührer, piano; Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Moralt*, Heinrich Hollreiser**, conductors. The Vox recordings of the early 1950s.
Friedrich Wührer’s interpretations of two of the most popular of the nineteenth century nationalist piano concertos by Dvorak and Grieg are notable for their vigour, musicianship and muscularity. With fine support from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Moralt and Hollreiser and good Vox recordings for the period, these recordings represent Wührer at his notable best.
CRQ 440 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 440 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Great Berlioz Recordings 1916-1949
Ten historic tracks from eight major works by Berlioz, recorded between 1916 and 1949, and featuring musicians of the calibre of Pierre Monteux, Erich Kleiber, Serge Koussevitzky, Jean Fournet, Edmond Clement, Maggie Teyte, Arthur Endreze, Yvonne Gall, Jean Planel and Charles Munch. Each track truly merits the description ‘historic’ in terms of musical quality.
CRQ 441 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 441 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Yves Nat: Live, Paris, 1953: Schumann, Beethoven
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17; Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 Appassionata. Yves Nat, piano. Live recital recorded in Paris on 31 August 1953.
An ultra-rare opportunity to hear the great French pianist Yves Nat live in recital. Recorded in Paris in August 1953, in excellent sound, this concert, even more than Nat’s excellent studio recordings, demonstrates clearly why he was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the greatest musicians of his generation.
CRQ 442 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 442 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Bruno Walter conducts Mahler 1 Live New York 24 01 1954
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major. New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter, conductor. Live, Carnegie Hall, New York, 24 01 1954.
This live recording of Mahler’s magnificent First Symphony has received only very limited circulation. The performance took place the day before Walter’s famous studio recording of the same work for Columbia-USA. This concert recording first appeared in the Italian partwork I Grandi Concerti in the early 1980s, when it was credited to Dmitri Mitropoulos and dated 1955. Like many of Walter’s live performances, the immediate atmosphere of the concert is palpable.
CRQ 443 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 443 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Emil Gilels: The Post-War Moscow Concerto Recordings: Tchaikovsky 1, Liszt 1, Saint-Saens 2
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23* (1947); Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major** (1949); Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22**(1948). Emil Gilels, piano; *Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra / Samuel Samosud (1947); ** USSR State Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Kondrashin
These classic concerto recording made in Moscow during the immediate post-war years by the legendary Russian pianist Emil Gilels are justifiably famous for breath-taking virtuosity and vigour, as well as for subtlety when required. Gilels's fabulous pianism is matched by the superlative conducting of Samosud and Kondrashin. Good sound for the period.
CRQ 444 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 444 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Maurice Handford Conducts Bax
Sir Arnold Bax: Symphony No. 3 (1929)*; The Tale The Pine Trees Knew (1931)**. Maurice Handford, conductor; *BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, 23 11 1984; ** BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, 15 08 1979
The British conductor Maurice Handford is now a largely forgotten figure, but during his lifetime he played a significant part in the musical life of the North of England. He appeared frequently with all the major orchestras of the region after moving to conducting from being principal horn of the Halle Orchestra. He had an excellent understanding of British music as may be heard in these rare recording of works by Sir Arnold Bax, another neglected figure. Produced by Mark Hood.
CRQ 445 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 445 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (abridged) - RCA Victor 1953
Lucia: Patrice Munsel, soprano; Edgardo: Jan Peerce, tenor; Enrico: Robert Merrill, baritone; Raimondo: Ezio Pinza, bass; Alicia: Thelma Votipka, mezzo-soprano; Arturo: Luigi Vellucci, tenor; Normanno: Paul Franke, tenor. RCA Victor Chorus and Orchestra, Renato Cellini, conductor.
Produced by RCA Victor to fill a key gap on its operatic catalogue, this account of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in fact presents contemporary stars of the Metropolitan Opera in excellent form. The under-recorded Patrice Munsel demonstrates clearly why she was such a favourite with Met audiences, while Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill and Ezio Pinza are all outstanding. The ever-reliable Renato Cellini conducts with rare understanding and style. A superb momento of the high musical standards of the old Met and of RCA’s operatic recordings.
CRQ 446 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 446 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

National Gramophonic Society: First Recordings: Beethoven, Debussy: Spencer Dyke Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major Op. 74; Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10. Spencer Dyke Quartet. World premiere recordings made by the National Gramophonic Society on 30 July 1924
The first in a series of reissues of the publications of the National Gramophonic Society, this release contains the first recordings of two cornerstones of the string quartet repertoire, by Beethoven and Debussy. From its inception the Spencer Dyke Quartet enjoyed great critical success and these recordings clearly demonstrate why. Produced by Nick Morgan. Transfers by Jolyon Hudson.
CRQ 447 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 447 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts Dvorak 8 and Tchaikovsky 4 on Checkmate Hamburg 1967
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36. Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor.
Recorded in 1967 in the Musikhalle Hamburg by the American company Elektra-Nonesuch for release on its short-lived Checkmate label, these performances are key documents of Sir Charles Mackerras’s time as first conductor at the Hamburg State Opera, a post he held from 1966 to 1969. The Hamburg opera orchestra, here in concert formation, is in excellent shape, responding with energy and enthusiasm to Mackerras’s vital conducting. The stereo recording is very vivid. Transfers by Jim Bostwick.
CRQ 448 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 448 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Korngold Plays and Conducts Korngold on Masterseal Vienna 1951
Korngold: Seven opera improvisations and piano pieces*; Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing – Suite**; Korngold: Die Tote Stadt: Due Act 1***. * Erich Wolfgang Korngold, piano: ** Austria State Symphony Orchestra, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, conductor; ***Hilde Zadek, soprano; Anton Dermota, tenor; Austria State Symphony Orchestra, Wilhelm Loibner, conductor.
The 1951 recordings of Erich Wolfgang Korngold playing and conducting his own music, made in Vienna, were originally released on the Masterseal label in the USA, a subsidiary of the Remington label. They represent important documents of this great musician in action. His flamboyant musical character is here fully in evidence.
CRQ 449 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 449 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)

Constant Lambert: Recordings by Contemporaries
Lambert: Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments*; Eight Songs by Li-Po**; Horoscope, Suite***. *Gordon Watson, piano; Argo Chamber Ensemble, Charles Groves, conductor; ** Alexander Young, tenor; Argo Chamber Ensemble, Charles Groves, conductor; ***London Symphony Orchestra, Robert Irving, conductor.
This compilation vividly demonstrates the stylistic variety of the music of Constant Lambert. The recordings of Lambert’s Piano Concerto, written in memory of Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock) and Eight Songs by Li-Po, dedicated to the silent film star Anna May Wong, were released by Argo Records in 1955. The distinguished Australian pianist Gordon Watson, the soloist in the Concerto, took the demanding piano part in the first performance of Lambert’s Tiresias in 1951 with the composer conducting. Tenor Alexander Young, soloist in the Eight Songs by Li-Po, was a key figure in English performance during the 1950s and 1960s. The Suite from the ballet Horoscope, one of Lambert’s most accessible works, is here conducted by Lambert pupil Robert Irving and was released by Decca Records in 1953.
CRQ 450 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 450 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately

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