BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68. "Pstoralee." Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral."
Hilde Gueden, soprano. Sieglinde Wagner, contralto. Anton Dermota, tenor. Ludwig Weber, bass. Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra (Symphonies 5 and 6). Singverein der Gellschaft der Musikfreunde. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Erich Kleiberr, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 651 (2disks) TT: 2 hr. 18:34

MOZART: Serenade No. 13 in G K. 525 :Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. GRAINGER: Coutry Gardens. Shepherd's Hey. Londonderry Air. Molly On The Shore. SOWERBY: Irish Washerwoman. GRIFFES: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan. CARPENTER: Adventures in a Perambulator. ENESCU: Romanian Rhapsody No.1, Op. 11. KODALY: Hary Janos Suite. WEINBERGER: Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpipe Player. RACHMANINOFF: Symphoy No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27.
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 652 (2 disks) TT: 2 hr. 34:02

ELGAR: Symphony No. 1 in A flat, Op. 55 .Enigma Varia†ions, Op. 36. Symphony No. 2 in E flat, Op. 63. Nursery Suite.
London Philharmonic Orchestra / BBC Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No. 2) / Sir Adrian Boult, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 653 (2 disks) TT: 2 hous 34:20

Pristine already has released many recordings by legendary conductor Erich Kleiber incluyding two operas (Der Rosenavalieer and The Marriage og Figaro, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. Now we have his famous Beethoven Symphony No. 6 recorded September 25, 1953, and Symphony No. 5 reorded the next day. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was recorded in Vienna June 1-5. 1952. All of these have previously been issued, most recently in Decca's budget box of all of Kleiber's recordings for the label, but these new Pristine XR remasterings are essential in any Beethoven collection.

Eugene Ormandy was one of the most-recorded of conductors, and already collectors can find huge multiple-disk sets of his Philadelphia Orchestra recordings. Pristine already has issued many rare Ormandy disks including his collaborations with legendary artists of the past. Now they turn their attention to the conductor's recordings with the Minneapolis Symphony of which he was Music Director 1931 - 1936. This two-disk set contains recordings made in January 1934. As the musicians' contract did not require additional payment for recordings, the orchestra recorded profusely. Here we have the first recordings ever made of Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite, Griffes' The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, and Carpenter's Adventures in a Perambulator. We also have Ormandy's first recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 (with considerable cuts) -he would make tthree more recordings. All recordings were made in Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium, University of Minnesota. These are early mono recordings, reasonably well balanced. Dynamic range is restricted as one wouod expect. Mark Obert-Thorn's transfers provide a satisfactory audio experience. I look forward to future releases in this important series.

Sir Adrian Boult is recognized for his expertise in British music, particularly so in works of Sir Edward Elgar. Pristine already has issued his 1949 EMI recording of Symphony No. 1 (PASC 003). Now we have this same recording in superior XR remastering sounding better than ever. And the set also includes other essential Elgar Boult performance, Symphony No. 2 recorded August 2, 3 and 25 August, and October 10, 1944. Enigma Variations was recorded September 28, 1953, Nursery Variations June 21-23, 1955. These are noble performances of these masterpieces, and they sound better than ever as a result of Andrew Rose's superb remastering. A most welcome release!

R.E.B. (February 2022)