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Our Savoyard Extravaganza . . . enjoy Gilbert’s unique ‘topsy-turvy’ style as we are delighted to be able to offer a grand collection of many out-of-print Gilbert & Sullivan CDs, many of them previously owned by a major G & S collector. We offer several of W. S. Gilbert’s works (after his partnership with Sullivan). In addition, we have a fine array of G & S books as well as original 78rpm G & S sets, some of them going as far back as to the acoustic era, others of them from the electrical era being on ‘z’ shellac, offering the best-possible reproduction.H.M.S. PINAFORE [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1922/23 w. Norris & Byng Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Granville, Fancourt, Halland, Oldham, Glynne, etc. VGS 202; plus Stanford Robinson Cond. BBC Theatre Orch.: Orchestral selection, recorded 1936. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3065)
THE GONDOLIERS [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1919, w. Arthur Wood Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Baker, Pike, Radford, Thornton, etc. VGS 217. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3062)
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1920, w. Byng Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Radford, Halland, Baker, Dawson, Oldham, Glynne, Pike, etc.; plus some 'loose ends'. VGS 216. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3064)
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1920, w. Byng Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Baker, Radford, Dawson, Oldham, etc. VGS 210. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3061)
RUDDIGORE [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1924, w. Norris Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Baker, Oldham, Fancourt, Halland, etc.; plus a few 'loose ends'. VGS 220. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3066)
IOLANTHE [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1921/22, w. Byng & Norris Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Baker, Oldham, Fancourt, Dawson, Radford, Granville, etc. VGS 219. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3067)
PATIENCE [Complete, as recorded](Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1921, w. Byng Cond. D'Oyly Carte Ensemble; Dawson, Baker, Ranalow, etc. VGS 201. Transfers by James C. Lockwood. (OP3070)
. . . plus Sullivan, post-Gilbert:
THE ROSE OF PERSIA; THE EMERALD ISLE (Arthur Sullivan), Live Performance, 1985, w.David Lyle Cond.Edinburgh Ensemble; Cooper, Bourjo, Borthwick, York, Smart, etc. (England) 3-Pearl stereo 0189. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! (OP3060)
HENRYK SZERYNG, w.Rosbaud Cond.SWR S.O.: Nardini, Vieuxtemps, Ravel & Schumann. (Germany) Hänssler 94.229, Broadcast Performances, 1955-57. (S0662)
“In the mid-1950s Szeryng was at his peak, and his tonal purity captivates throughout. He never recorded commercially the Nardini and Vieuxtemps heard here.”
- BBC Music Magazine, June 2015LASALLE QUARTET: Haydn, Brahms & Zemlinsky. (Germany) Hänssler 94.228, Broadcast Performances, 1965-77. (S0663)
“This CD presents studio recordings from 1965, 1968 and 1977, and draws together Zemlinsky with Haydn and Brahms – a bold program for an ensemble specializing in modern to include some ‘early music ‘. But the works offered here are presented not merely because they are well-known pieces; rather, they are picked up anew and reexamined from a new perspective and with a fresh approach to listening and interpretation. One approaches these quartets thinking critically and listening attentively.”
- HänsslerJEAN MARTINON Cond. Chicago Orch.: The Complete Recordings. 10-Sony 88843062752, w.facsimile sleeves & labels, Boxed Set Edition. (C1376)
“We are fortunate to have this collection to remember his unassailable achievements with the CSO, which also includes a bonus of previously unpublished recordings from the archives and Robert Casadesus playing his own Piano Concerto, with Martinon conducting the French National Radio orchestra in 1969. Every recording in this new set comes from the best source, some newly remastered from the original tapes. The discs are presented in facsimiles of the original LP artwork. An enclosed booklet offers vintage photographs, complete discographical information, plus a new essay.”
- Hans Lick
. . . and repeated from last week . . .ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Gaspard de la nuit (both Ravel); Sonata in C, Op.7 (Clementi); Faschingsswank aus Wien (Schumann); (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-284, privately recorded Live Performance, 26 Nov., 1968, Carnegie Hall - [in stunning sound!]. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1182)
“Although there are many live-performance ‘pirate’ recordings of concerts given by Michelangeli, this is a major discovery: a first release of his dazzling 1968 Carnegie Hall recital. I have never seen this material elsewhere….The big news here is the combination of Ravel’s ‘Valses nobles et sentimentales’ and ‘Gaspard de la nuit’ on one program, something Michelangeli rarely did. ‘Gaspard’ was, of course, one of his specialties, and there are recordings of many performances by him. But the ‘Valses’ are much rarer. In both cases, we have Michelangeli at his best here—a complete master of the keyboard, and a master of color in Ravel’s music….The quality of [St-Laurent Studios’] restoration work…is consistently high and this maintains that standard.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARETHE SCHNEIDER QUARTET: The 46 String Quartets, plus ‘The Seven Last Words of The Saviour on the Cross’ and two movements from Op.64, #1 (Haydn). 15-Music & Arts 1281, recorded 1951-54. Restored from the original Haydn Society master tapes and LP sources in 2013 by Lani Spahr. New liner notes by Tully Potter. Handsome Boxed Set. Specially priced, 15 CDs for the price of 8. (S0658)
“This set, including an essay by Tully Potter, provides a touchstone of Haydn interpretation.”
- Antony Hodgson, Classical SourceAÏDA (in Russian), Live Performance, 29 December, 1952, w.Melik-Pashaev Cond. Bolshoi Theatre Ensemble; Nina Pokrovskaya, Georgi Nelepp, Veronika Borisenko, Pavel Lisitsian, Eugeny Ivanov, Antonina Ivanova, etc. (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 392. (OP3042)
"Surely one of the most gripping performances of AÏDA I've ever heard. The spontaneity is quite remarkable in terms of the wonderful singers and the exciting Melik-Pashaev, and on the part of the enraptured audience [who appear to be hearing this work for the very first time, as evidenced by their spontaneous applause at the strangest moments]. One is not likely to encounter a more convincing Amneris in any language; Borisenko is outstanding, as well as Pokrovskaya, the exciting Aïda! Nelepp gives us a duly strong Radames, interspersed with moments of great tenderness, and Lisitsian's reputation is abundantly fulfilled on this momentous occasion. The sound quality is vibrant, always conveying the sense of occasion."
- J. R. Peters LA JUIVE - Excerpts, w.Paul Courand Cond. Karlsruhe Opera Enemble; Tony Poncet, Jane Rhodes, Denise Monteil & Gérard Serkoyan; GUILLAUME TELL - Excerpts, w. Tony Poncet, Jean Borthayre & Irène Jaumillot. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-268. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (OP3041)
BUSCH STRING QUARTET: Quartet in B-flat, Op.130 - recorded 1941; Quartet in F, Op.135 - recorded 1933 (both Beethoven). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-278. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. [These venerated performances are offered here in extraordinary sound quality having been copied from pristine PW Columbia Pressings which offer remarkably quiet surfaces.] (S0659)
BUSCH STRING QUARTET, w.Rudolf Serkin: Piano Quartet #2 in A - recorded 21 Sept, 1932; w.Reginald Kell: Clarinet Quintet in b - recorded 10 Oct., 1937 (both Brahms). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-264. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. [These venerated performances are offered here in extraordinary sound quality having been copied from pristine ‘z’ shellac Victor Pressings which offer remarkably quiet surfaces.] (S0650)
JOHANNA MARTZY, w.Müller-Kray Cond.SWR Orch.: Concerto #3 in G, K.216; Concerto #4 in D, K.218 (both Mozart). (Germany) Hänssler 94.230, Broadcast Performances, 1962/'56, resp. (S0660)
JOHANNA MARTZY, w.Antonietti (Pf.): Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Fiocco, Ravel, de Falla, Kreisler & Brahms (the latter's Sonata #1 in G); w.Fricsay Cond. RIAS S.O.: Concerto in a (Dvorák), Live Performance. (Germany) 2-Audite 923.424, Broadcast Performances, 1953/'66, resp. (S0661)
LEOPOLD GODOWSKY: Chopin Recital. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-272, recorded 1921-28. [From inherently noisy Columbia pressings.] Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1184)
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI Cond. All-American Youth Orch. & Hollywood Bowl S.O.: CD premieres of their rarest 78rpm recordings, incl. Creston, Gould, Cowell, Still, Irving Berlin, Dolan, Clarke, Haydn, Schubert, Tschaikowsky, Brahms, Offenbach, Novácek, Johann Strauss, etc. 3-Music & Arts 1287, recorded 1940-46. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Notes by Richard Freed. Handsome Boxed Set. (C1372)
“Stokowski formed the All-American Youth Orchestra in 1940, its’ players' ages ranging from 18 to 25. He sought to combat Nazi propaganda touting the wonders of Hitler Youth with an artistic statement from young emissaries of the free world . The AAYO toured South America in 1940 and North America in 1941 and was met with rave reviews. These performances boast a unique combination of past and future: the wisdom of Stokowski's vast experience allied with the pure, undiminished idealism of youth.”
- Music & ArtsF. CHARLES ADLER Cond. Vienna S.O.: Overture in g; Symphony #1 in c; Symphony #3 in d; Symphony #6 in A [radio broadcast of 17 Feb., 1952]; Symphony #9 in d; Mass #1 in d (all Bruckner). 5-Music & Arts 1283, recorded 1952-56. Restored from the original SPA and Unicorn LP sources in 2014 by A. Z. Snyder. Liner notes by Mark W. Kluge. Handsome Boxed Set. (C1365)
CHARLES MÜNCH, Vol. II, Cond. Paris Conservatoire Orch: Symphony #2 in D; w.Odette Turba-Rabier, Charles Panzéra & Eliette Schenneberg: La Danse des morts (both Honegger), recorded 1941-44; Münch Cond. London Phil.: Suite in F (Roussel), recorded 2 June, 1947. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-264. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1353)
ERNEST ANSERMET Cond. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, w.Maria Stader, Marga Höffgen, Josef Traxel, & Kim Borg: MISSA SOLEMNIS - Live Performance, 23 May, 1962; w.Gré Brouwenstijn, Elsa Cavelti, Josef Traxel & Heinz Rehfuss: Choral Symphony #9 in d - Live Performance, 27 Oct., 1957 (both Beethoven). (Canada) 2–St Laurent Studio YSL T-274. Transfers by Yves St Laurent, [taken from remarkably fine and clear broadcast-quality tapes]. (C1359)
LJUBOMIR ROMANSKY Cond. ORTF Ensemble, w.Agnes Giebel, Lore Fischer, Josef Traxel, Gerd Nienstedt & Ernst Wiemann: MATTHAEUS-PASSION (abridged) (Bach). (Canada) 2–St Laurent Studio YSL T-265, Live Performance, 8 April, 1957, Salle Playel, Paris. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1354)
RICHARD STRAUSS Cond. Berlin Staatsoper Orch.: Symphony #5 in c (Beethoven), recorded 1928; w.Josef Wolfsthal & Enrico Mainardi: Der Burger als Edelman (Strauss), recorded 1930 (Cond. by the Composer). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-271. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1360)
ALEXANDER GAUK Cond. USSR State Symphony Orchestra & Republican Russian Choir; Alexander Pirogov, Maria Maksakova & Fedor Fedotov: LEGEND OF THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN LAND (Oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra [the first version], op.17) (Yuri Shaporin). (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 393, recorded 1944. (C1361)
MATTIA BATTISTINI: The Complete Recordings, 1902-24 - G & T, Gramophone Company & La Société Suisse des Disques Phonographiques d’Art, Zürich; GIUSEPPE BELLANTONI: 11 Fonotipia recordings, 1910-11. Transfers by Ward Marston. Program Notes by Michael Aspinall. (V2420)
“Any list of the most important vocal recordings ever made would have to include those by the great baritone Mattia Battistini, recordings made between 1902 and 1924. Including unpublished and alternate takes, there are 116 in all…..Everything about this set is a model of how to make available an important historic legacy. In addition to the superb notes and commentary, there is complete documentation about recording locations and dates, and accompaniments.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE SUZANNE BALGUERIE: Arias from Iphigénie en Tauride, Alceste, Faust, Sigurd, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, Aïda, Lohngrin & Tristan; MARCELLE BUNLET: Arias from Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, Parsifal & Der Fliegende Höllander; EUGÉNIE BUNLET: Tous les baisers (Maurice Pesse); Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Elle a fui la tourterelle; JACQUELINE COURTIN: La Tour de Feu - Ballade de Naïk (Lazzari). (France) Malibran 758. (V2407)
AGUSTARELLO AFFRE (The French Tamagno): Arias & Duets (w.Léonie Tanésy, Jane Marignan & Mathilde Comès) from Guillaume Tell, La Juive, Les Huguenots, Le Prophète, L'Africaine, Roméo, Sigurd, La Reine de Saba, La Favorite, Le Mage, Faust, Carmen, Le Cid, Le Trouvère, Aïda, Rigoletto, & Lohengrin. (France) Malibran 775, recorded 1902-11. (V2380)
THE RECORD COLLECTOR - 2014 Issue, incl. Miguel Villabella, Giuseppe Taccani, Tano Ferendinos, Louis Graveure, Olga Haley, Anne Roselle & Set Svanholm. (England) The Record Collector TRC 42, recorded 1907-50, partially first time on CD. Transfers by Norman White. (V2421)
FRANCO CORELLI – A Revolution in Singing, Fifty-Four tenors spanning 200 years, Vol. I. Stefan Zucker. New York, Bel Canto Society, 2015. 384pp. Index; Bibliography; Exhaustive Chronology; Printed on top-quality paper and features more than 350 rare lithographs and photographs, the majority provided by the Met Archives; DJ. (B1844)
“Without doubt, and in spite of his unconventional style in expressing his views, Stefan Zucker possesses a vast knowledge of opera, its traditions, and in particular the change that took place over the years of the tenor’s role in history of classical vocal music, and of course in particular the realm of opera….The book is published in hard-back and printed on fine quality paper and lavishly strewn with remarkably fine photographs, many of which I am sure will be new to readers. It makes fascinating reading to anyone interested in, or wanting to learn more about, singing as an ‘art-form’, and shows in several ways how difficult it is to be objective about a vocalist, and not let subjectivity rule. In the course of the many observations and discussions, they show, in a number of ways, both the physical and psychological pressures of being a singer (in particular a tenor). Interestingly enough in some follow-up comments to a particular paragraph, a few firmly held opinions are occasionally (obviously on reflection) amended by Zucker. While a number of these comments are contentious and state the need for further reference to the later volumes, the overall content is informative and fascinating. There is an index of various books and DVDs covering Zucker’s numerous interviews and TV programmes, and I eagerly wait for an opportunity to read volumes two and three in this series.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2015. . . out-of-print books are continually added
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S0662. HENRYK SZERYNG, w.Rosbaud Cond.SWR S.O.: Nardini, Vieuxtemps, Ravel & Schumann. (Germany) Hänssler 94.229, Broadcast Performances, 1955-57. - 4010276027737
S0663. LASALLE QUARTET: Haydn, Brahms & Zemlinsky. (Germany) Hänssler 94.228, Broadcast Performances, 1965-77. - 4010276027720
C1376. JEAN MARTINON Cond. Chicago Orch.: The Complete Recordings. 10-Sony 88843062752, w.facsimile sleeves & labels, Boxed Set Edition. Specially priced. - 888430627529
The Artistry of Virginia Zeani (9-Musique Aria 7648401)
Tristan (Beecham; Melchior, Flagstad, Klose) 4-IPCD 1042
Richard Strauss - Sesquicentennial Edition (3-Marston 53017)
Vocal Record Collectors' Society - 2014 Issue (VRCS-2014)
Sally (Dorothy Dickinson & Grossmith) (Palaeophonics 116)
Don Giovanni (Dooley, Gramm, Senechal, Sills) (3-YSL T-270)
Lady, Be Good (Gershwin, Astaire) (Palaeophonics 122)
Toscanini; Helen Traubel; Lauritz Melchior (3-IPCD 1043)
La Traviata (Zeani [debut], Prevedi, Merrill) (2-YSL T-267)
Tannhauser (Melchior, Tibbett, Flagstad) (4-IPCD 1039)
Fliegende Hollander (Reiner; Janssen, Flagstad) 2-IPCD 1051
Follow the Crowd (Hale, Coyne, Tomlin) (Palaeophonics 115)
Pagliacci (Bellezza; Martinelli, Tibbett, Mario) (2-IPCD1047)
Blue Kitten (Ethel Levey, Roy Royston) Palaeophonics 129
Spike Jones & His City Slickers; Don Ameche (EMI 4330102)
Elektra (Rodzinski; Rose Pauly, Huehn, Szantho) IPCD 1045
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-284)
Il Trovatore (Callas, Stignani, Penno, Tagliabue) (Myto 00314)
La Sonnambula (Bernstein; Callas & Valletti) (Myto 89006)
Macbeth (de Sabata; Mascherini, Callas, Tajo) (Myto 00310)
Jorge Bolet, Vol.II - Bolet Centennial (6-Marston 56003)
Mattia Battistini; Giuseppe Bellantoni (6-Marston 56002)
L’Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier History) (10-Malibran 215)
BREAKING THE RECORD (Truesound Transfers 3083)
Zig-Zag (Shirley Kellogg, George Robey) (Palaeophonics 126)
Ballo (Callas, di Stefano, Bastianini, Simionato) (Myto 00131)
Toscanini; Casadesus, Bidu Sayao, Bampton (4-IPCD 1049)
Fonotipia Tenors, Vol. II - The Record Collector (2-TRC 41)
A Night Out (Leslie Henson, Lily St John) (Palaeophonics 117)
No No Nanette (Binnie Hale, Joe Coyne) (Palaeophonics 124)
Joy-Land (Shirley Kellogg, Harry Tate) (Palaeophonics 125)
Passing Show (Elsie Janis, Basil Hallam) Palaeophonics 127
Tito Schipa - Live Performances, 1939-59 (VAI 1280)
Ernst Levy - Vol. IV (2-Marston 52072)
Les cylindres Edison, Vol.III (Malibran 773)