GRIEG: In Autumn, Op. 11. Lyric Suite. 4 Songs Op. 33 (Last Spring, The Youth, At Rondane, The Goal). Homage Maarch from Sigurd Jorsalfar. From Monte Pinto. The First Meeting. Hope. A Swan. Eros. I Love You.
Kirsten Flagstad, soprano. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Malcolm Sargent, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 528 TT: 77:29
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MOZART: Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K. 488. TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23.
Jascha Spivakovsky, piano. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Clarence Raybould, cond. (Mozart). Victorian Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Heinze.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC TT: 58:22
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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36. Prelude to Act III of The Maid of Pskov. Scheherazde, Op 35. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship from Scheherazade (previously unpublished)
Philadelphia Orchestra / Leoipold Stokowski, cond.
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 529 TT: 71:55
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Pristine has been issuing many important performances by Ukrainian-Australian pianist Jascha Spivakovsk.. This site mentioned the latest, a collection of solo works by Bach, Beethoven Chopin and Schumann; for more information about this remarkable artist, check that REVIEW. Now we have two live concerto recordings, the Mozart a 1953 BBC performance, the Tchaikovsky from October 15, 1949 in Melbourne Town Hall. The Mozart is what one would expect, exquisitely detailed, immaculately played. The Tchaikovsky was one of the pianist's favorite works and he played it more than 400 times, including a 1919 performance conducted by Furtwängler. It is a unique interpretation, majestic, insightful and a virtuoso display. Sivakovsky plays those famous first-movement double octave passages even faster than Horowitz, a remarkable feat. If you love the Tchaikovsky First, you must hear This remarkable performance. Andrew Rose's XR remastering provides a very realistic audio picture.

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also has offered splendidly remastered versions of many of Kirsten Flagstad's live Wagner recordings including the La Scala Furtwängler Ring, early Met Wagner broadcasts, and, recently, a collection of Sibelius songs (REVIEW). Now we have a treasure, the Norwegian soprano's performance at a BBC Proms concert September 7, 1957, a program honoring the fifteenth anniversary of the fiftieth anniversary of Grieg's death. Flagstad had given her "final concert" in Carnegie Hall in 1955, but continued to appear on radio mad and made some recordings. Collectors treasure her 1962 Tristan conducted by Furtwängler, issued on Pristine in a terrific transfer (RVIEW). At the BBC concert we have varied orchestral works played by the BBC Symphony directed by Sir Malcolm Sargent and Flagstad is featured in ten Grieg songs, perfectly sung. It wa a festive night in Royal Albert Hall, and the BBC engineers captured a most natural sound. A memorable issue!

How fortunate we are Leopold Stokowski and his Philadelphia Orchestra recorded so profusely. Pristine's CD, another in their Stokowski series, offers early recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov. Earliest is the first movement of Scherezade recorded May 1927, never before issued. Then we have the complete symphonic poem, recorded October 8, 10 and 11, 1927. Russian Easter Overture is considerably later, January 26 - 28, 1929, and the latest April 9, 1939 was the excerpt from The Maid of Pskov ,a more impassioned performance than the conductor's National Philharmonic recording made a half-century later Mark Obert-Thorn's transfers are amazing. These early versions are fascinating, essential for collectors.

R.E.B. (May 2018)