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The Gale Maximum Fidelity LPs Vol. 1: Peter Frankl plays Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’ and No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’
In 1976 Ira gale of Gale Audio produced several LPs in limited editions, featuring outstanding artists of the period in superbly engineered recordings. The recording of Peter Frankl playing two favourite Beethoven piano sonatas showcases this fine pianist at his very best: passionate yet balanced.
CRQ 424 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 424 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky: play by Louis MacNeice, music by Prokofiev, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, BBC broadcast of 08 12 1941
In the radio play by Louis MacNeice based on Sergei Eisenstein’s film Alexander Nevsky, Boult and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s magisterial film score, adding lustre to a star-studded drama production featuring Robert Donat and Dame Peggy Ashcroft.
CRQ 425 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 425 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Peter Katin and Sir Malcolm Sargent play Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 live at the Proms (1958 and 1966)
The British pianist Peter Katin remains a firm favourite. Here he is heard to great effect in two mesmerising live performances from the BBC Proms of virtuoso repertoire to which he was so well suited, firmly supported by Sir Malcom Sargent and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
CRQ 426 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 426 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Rossini: William Tell: extracts starring Tony Poncet, Jean Borthayre and Irene Jaumillot, conducted by Marcel Couraud
Tony Poncet, who flourished during the 1960s, remains possibly the last example of the true heroic French tenor voice. These exciting extracts from Rossini’s opera William Tell are taken from the Philips LP of 1961. Poncet here is in his prime, and is ably supported by baritone Jean Borthayre and soprano Irene Jaumillot, with Marcel Couraud a stylish conductor.
CRQ 427 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 427 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
The Art of Fabienne Jacquinot: D’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air; Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5; Debussy: Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Anatole Fistoulari
The fabulous French pianist Fabienne Jacquinot made a number of excellent concerto recordings for the Parlophone label in the early 1950s, which were also released in the USA on the MGM label. Ably supported by the RPO under Anatole Fistoulari, this selection represents the cream of these much sought-after recordings. They capture superbly the style, wit and elegance of French writing for piano and orchestra.
CRQ 428 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 428 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
More Live Monteux: LSO, Vienna 1963: Vol. 1: Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet; Piano Concerto No. 1, with John Ogdon, piano (CRQ 429)
More Live Monteux: LSO, Vienna 1963: Vol. 2: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (CRQ 430)
Pierre Monteux’s late chief conductorship of the London Symphony Orchestra is the stuff of legend. His appearance at the 1963 Vienna Festival with the LSO in an all Tchaikovsky concert, with both Orchestra and piano soloist John Ogdon in blistering form, was captured in excellent sound and is a fine tribute to this great conductor.
CRQ 429 and 430 available as downloads from Bandcamp at £4 each (CRQ 429, CRQ 430), allowing the complete concert to be heard for the usual price of a single album, £8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately
Gioconda de Vito plays the two Brahms concerti: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77; Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor Op. 102*; Gioconda de Vito, violin; *Amadeo Baldovino, cello; Philharmonia Orchestra, Rudolf Schwarz, conductor (recorded by EMI during 1953 at the Kingsway Hall, London)
The EMI recordings of the Italian violinist Gioconda de Vito are highly sought after, not least her fine accounts of the Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Double Concerto. In the latter she was joined by the excellent cellist Amadeo Baldovino. These recordings are of note also for the conducting of the Austrian maestro Rudolf Schwarz, here leading the Philharmonia Orchestra in refulgent form.
CRQ 431 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 431 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter play the Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor, live in 1966 at the Aix-en-Provence and Aldeburgh Festivals
A fascinating opportunity to compare directly the playing of two of the titans of twentieth century pianism, the Russian pianists Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter. They can both be heard playing one of the landmarks of romantic piano writing, the Liszt B minor Sonata, at two major Eoropean Festivals, only a month apart during 1966.
CRQ 432 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 432 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Karajan and the BPO Live in Moscow in 1969 Vol 1: Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben Op. 40
Karajan and the BPO Live in Moscow in 1969 Vol 2: Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68 Pastoral
Herbert von Karajan’s concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow during 1969 have become legendary. In this specially priced two-disc set they give exceptionally rich accounts of Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldeleben, A Hero’s Life, and of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, both recorded live in concert in the Moscow Conservatoire. Very good sound.
CRQ 433 and 434 available as downloads from Bandcamp at £4 each (CRQ 433, CRQ 434) , allowing the complete concert to be heard for the usual price of a single album, £8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately
Salute to Ida Haendel, 1923 – 2020: Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35*; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64**: Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso op. 28**; Ida Haendel, violin; National Symphony Orchestra, Basil Cameron* and Sir Malcom Sargent**, conductors (recorded by Decca during 1945)
The great Polish-born violinist Ida Haendel sadly passed away after a distinguished career in July 2020. We pay tribute to her with these three early concerto recordings made for Decca in 1945, in which her full genius can be clearly heard. She is ably supported by the then young National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by two of the outstanding conductors of the period, Basil Cameron and Sir Malcolm Sargent.
CRQ 435 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 435 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Jascha Horenstein conducts Mozart and Brahms: Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550; Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98; La Orquesta Sinfonica del Sodre, (The Orchestra of the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture), (recorded by Uruguay Radio during April 1955)
These recordings taken from two live concerts conducted by Horenstein in Montevideo in 1955 are of interest as they contain this celebrated conductor’s only recorded accounts of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. His accounts of all the other Brahms symphonies and of Mozart’s Symphonies Nos 39 and 41 are available commercially, so these recordings complete the set in each instance.
CRQ 436 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 436 (£8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Hans Swarowsky conducts the Scottish National Orchestra Vol. 1: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 Eroica (1958)
Hans Swarowsky conducts the Scottish National Orchestra Vol. 2: Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major (1959)
Hans Swarowsky’s musical directorship of the Scottish National Orchestra from 1957 to 1959 is little documented in sound, so these two recordings from broadcasts of 1958 and 1959 have considerable significance. Both performances are full of the unique character which Swarowsky brought to his concert performances. Produced by Mark Hood.
CRQ 437 and 438 available as downloads from Bandcamp at £4 each (CRQ 437, CRQ 438), allowing the complete concert to be heard for the usual price of a single album, £8 – individual tracks may be purchased separately.
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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 and packing.
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 including postage and packing
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 including postage and packing
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 including postage and packing.
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 including postage and packing.
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 new DVD15 above)
CRQ DVD16 (1 DVD) £15 including postage and packing.
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 booklet) £18 including postage and packing.
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 including postage and packing.
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 booklet) £18 including postage and packing.
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 Editions CRQ DVD12 (1 DVD-ROM and booklet) £18 including postage and packing.
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 Editions CRQ DVD11 (1 DVD-ROM and booklet) £18 including postage and packing.
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 Editions CRQ DVD10 (1 DVD-ROM and monograph) £18 including postage and packing.
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 Editions CRQ DVD9 (1 DVD-ROM) £15 including postage and packing.
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. £15 including postage and packing.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ DVD8 (1 DVD-ROM)
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.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ DVD7 (1 DVD-ROM)
£15 including postage and packing.
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.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ DVD6 (1 DVD-ROM) £15 including postage and packing.
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.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ DVD5 (1 DVD-ROM)
£15 including postage and packing.
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 Editions CRQ DVD4 (1 DVD-ROM). £15 including postage and packing.
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 Editions CRQ DVD3 (1 DVD-ROM). £15 including postage and packing.
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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage, or free download (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage, or free download (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage, or free download (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £30 including postage, or free download (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage (below left), or free download in PDF format (below right). 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 6: ‘The Philharmonia Orchestra – the discography’ by Brian Godfrey. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage (below left), or free download in PDF format (below right). A new and extensive discography of the Philharmonia Orchestra, packed with much fascinating detail.
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK006
Updated 21 January 2019
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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage (below left), or free download download in PDF format (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage (below left), or free download download in PDF format (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage (below left), or free download in PDF format (below right). 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. Spiral bound, A5 format: £25 including postage (below left), or free download in PDF format (below right).
Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions CRQ BK001
Sir Adrian Boult conducts Vaughan Williams’ ‘Job’ at the Proms, 1977
Vaughan Williams: Job. BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 17 August 1977)
Sir Adrian Boult recorded ‘Job’ on several occasions, but none surpassed this reading given at what was to be the conductor’s last Promenade concert. In his own diary Boult rated this performance as ‘alpha-plus’. It benefits greatly from the warm acoustic of the Royal Albert Hall and staggering impact of the Hall’s famous organ – a key ingredient. Very good broadcast sound.
CRQ 413 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 413 (£8 - individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Louis Kentner: the Saga Recordings, Vol. 1. Beethoven Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Louis Kentner recorded two LPs for the British budget label Saga in 1964. These were extremely successful and remained in the catalogue for over ten years, but have never been reissued until now. They show Kentner still at the peak of his very considerable powers in the mid-1960s. This particular issue was unusual in that the disc had to be turned over twice to play the Sonata’s four movements in the correct order.
CRQ 414 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 414 (£8 - individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Louis Kentner: the Saga Recordings, Vol. 2. Chopin: The Four Ballades and Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60
The second of the two LPs that Louis Kentner made for the Saga label in 1964 was devoted to Chopin, a composer for whom Kentner had an especial affinity. These are richly romantic readings which do not disappoint.
CRQ 415 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 415 (£8 - individual tracks may be purchased separately)
F. Charles Adler conducts Copland, Schmidt and Ravel, Vienna 1953. Copland: Outdoor Overture (1938); Franz Schmidt: Piano Concerto in E flat major; Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe: Suite No. 2. Friedrich Wührer, piano / Vienna Symphony Orchestra, F. Charles Adler, conductor. Recording of a concert given in Vienna on 16 May 1953.
A previously unpublished recording of a concert conducted by F. Charles Adler in 1953 in Vienna. Its significance lies in the as always adventurous programming of Adler, with works from America and France, and the presence of the German pianist Friedrich Wührer as the soloist in Franz Schmidt’s Piano Concerto, a work which he championed and of which he was by far the most significant interpreter. Very good sound for the period.
CRQ 416 available as a download from Bandcamp: CRQ 416 (£8 - individual tracks may be purchased separately)
Backhaus and Kempff play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Live, 1956 and 1955. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: two performances: (a) Wilhelm Backhaus, piano / Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Josef Krips, conductor, Live, 16 June 1956; (b) Wilhelm Kempff, piano / Orchestra of Italian Radio (RAI), Turin / George Sebastian, conductor, Live, 25 February 1955
Two interestingly contrasted interpretations of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, performed by two great titans of the keyboard, Wilhelm Backhaus and Wilhelm Kempff, both of whom laid claim to being amongst the foremost pianists of their generation and both exceptional interpreters of Beethoven’s music. The accompaniments are also of interest – Krips in Vienna and Sebastian in Turin, both very stylish.
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Charles Gerhardt conducts Howard Hanson and Charles Griffes. Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2 ‘Romantic’; Charles Griffes: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan; The White Peacock. National Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Gerhardt, conductor.
Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, and Walthamstow Town Hall by Kenneth Wilkinson and first released in the United Kingdom on LP in 1976 by RCA, this is one of American record producer and conductor Charles Gerhardt’s finest recordings. Aided by the virtuoso playing of the hand-picked members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and by Wilkinson’s superb recorded sound, Gerhardt fully captures the saturated romanticism of both Hanson and Griffes. This is American music at its finest.
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Great Mascagni Recording 1903 – 1962. Highlights From Six Great Mascagni Operas sung by Gigli, Olivero, Tagliavini, Bastianini, De Lucia, Anselmi, Favero, Valero, Pacini, Cortis and De Muro.
Eighteen tracks recorded between 1902 and 1963, containing highlights from six operas by Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana, L’Amico Fritz, Guglielmo Ratcliff, Iris, Le Maschere, Isabeau and Lodoletta. In several instances constrasting versions of the same aria are presented, allowing for deeper understanding of both Mascagni’s magnificent music and of the artistry of the superb singers gathered here. An exceptional collection.
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Jascha Horenstein conducts Richard Strauss, Busoni and Stravinsky. Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings*; Busoni: Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39**; Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms*. *Orchestre Radio Symphonique (Paris) (EMI / Pathé recordings of 1954); **John Ogdon, piano; London Symphony Orchestra (BBC broadcast of 08 11 66); Jascha Horenstein, conductor.
Jascha Horenstein knew Busoni well while living in Berlin during the 1920s. In Busoni’s centenary year, 1966, he conducted three commemorative concerts for the BBC with the massive Busoni Piano Concerto as a centrepiece. John Ogdon is the flamboyant and stylistically highly appropriate soloist, with the London Symphony Orchestra on top form. This major performance is bookended by Horenstein’s first recording for the French branch of EMI, Pathé, of music by Richard Strauss and Stravinsky, which won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1954.
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Otto Klemperer conducts Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’, Vienna Festival, 1963. Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano; Hilde Rössl-Majdan, contralto; Vienna Singverein; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Otto Klemperer, conductor. Radio broadcast of a performance given in the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, on 13.06.1963, as part of the 1963 Vienna Festival.
In his monumental biography of Otto Klemperer (Cambridge, 1996), Peter Heyworth wrote of this performance: ‘On 7 June  he [Klemperer] set out, ‘very, very unwillingly’ for Vienna, where six days later he conducted a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, that was greeted ecstatically by the press.’. This appears to be the only recording of conductor and orchestra working together in this seminal work.
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Rudolf Kempe plays and conducts rare piano concertos by Wolf-Ferrari and Khachaturian. Wolf-Ferrari: Chamber Symphony in B flat Major Op. 8: Rudolf Kempe, piano; members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Studio recording Bavarian Radio 28 December 1970. Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat major, Op. 38: Shura Cherkassky, piano; Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Rudolf Kempe, conductor; live recording Munich 18 or 19 January 1967.
A very rare opportunity to hear the great conductor Rudolf Kempe taking the keyboard part in Wolf-Ferrari’s little-known Chamber Symphony. Published in 1903 this is a charming work, redolent of the carefree atmosphere of pre-First World War Italy. Standing in complete contrast is the coupling: Khachaturian’s mighty Piano Concerto, composed in 1936 and one of the most popular of Soviet Concertos. Here in this rare live recording the solo part is taken by Shura Cherkassky, a real ‘klavier-tiger’, ably partnered by Kempe and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra of which he was chief conductor.
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