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Marston’s 4th Volume of Ernst Levy . . .

Dareweski’s JOY-LAND from Palaeophonics . . .

Meloclassics now added to our regular 50% SALE . . .



  • ERNST LÉVY, Vol. IV, A Selection of Unpublished Concert and Studio Recordings, featuring Haydn, Beethoven Schubert, Liszt, Brahms & Franck. 2-Marston 52072, recorded 1942-59. (P1130)

    “When Marston began the Ernst Lévy series early in the company's history, few knew this remarkable pianist, and many were stunned by his artistry and deep insight into the music of Beethoven and Liszt. The series developed into a mission not only to uncover and make available additional Lévy performances, but also to expand the accepted perceptions of some of the most important works in the piano repertoire. This fourth installment will not disappoint. It comprises concert and studio recordings of Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and Liszt, including a virtually unknown performance of the Schubert Posthumous Sonata in A; four Haydn Sonatas recorded in Switzerland, and unreleased live performances of Beethoven’s Op. 111 and Liszt's b-minor sonata.”

    "Lévy was more than a virtuoso pianist - though his technical prowess was staggering; he was an intellectual in the true sense of the word, and music was but one aspect of his creative life. This two-disc anthology reveals what real artistry is all about. The playing is nothing short of revelatory….Lévy's Beethoven is the pianistic equivalent of Furtwängler.... Ward Marston, that master transfer artist, has done his best with varied source materials."


    - Allen Linkowski, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 1998


    "Another important piano discovery, Ernst Lévy, remains unknown to all but the most dedicated piano buffs – he is not even mentioned in Schonberg’s book on the great pianists –these defiantly personalized performances are utterly free of convention and burn with conviction….”


  • - Peter G. Davis, NEW YORK, 24 Aug., 1998


    As a word of reassurance, we most emphatically continue with our customary offerings of important classical and operatic material, but the newest issues this week belong in the category of Musical Comedy and early 20th Century nostalgia. Thus we offer another new Palaeophonics’ creation, the 1915 London hit musical featuring Shirley Kellogg and Harry Tate, among others: Dareweski’s JOY-LAND,

  • JOY-LAND (Herman Dareweski, de Courville & Pink), w.London Hippodrome Ensemble; Shirley Kellogg (Mrs Albert de Courville), Harry Tate, Bertram Wallis, George Carvey, etc.; Murray Johnson & Aimée Maxwell: Excerpts from the HMV Records. (England) Palaeophonics 125, recorded 1915, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. JOY-LAND was produced at the London Hippodrome, on 23 Dec., 1915 and ran for 409 performances. Included is an elaborate 6pp. Columbia Records brochure featuring numerous photos of the production. (PE0234)

    “Herman Darewski was a British composer and conductor of light music. His most successful work was perhaps THE BETTER 'OLE, which ran for over 800 performances in its original London production in 1917. Some of his songs became very successful in musical revues.”


  • ISHAM JONES: Sahara Rose; Dance-O-Mania; Waiting for the Sun to Come Out ; La Veeda; So Long, Oo Long; When Shadows Fall I Hear You Calling, California; Wait’ll You See; Alice Blue Gown; Jean; A Young Man’s Fancy; Idle Dreams; Scandal Walk; Happy; Kismet; Koolemoff; Sweet Woman; Dreamy Paradise; Japanese Sandman; Wishing; Rose of Araby; Lovin’ Lady; Jing-Bula-Jing-Jing; I Love You, Sunday; Avalon; Fair One 7. Sultan; Look for the Silver Lining; Rose; Whip-Poor-Will; Do You Ever Think of Me?; All She’d Say Was Umh Hum; My Mammy; I Never Realized. (Canada) 2-Archeophone 6008. (PE0235)

    “With one foot in the past of polite social dancing, and one foot in the new world of jazz, Isham Jones' Rainbo sides have long puzzled connoisseurs of early, hot dance-band recordings. This is why the recordings have been overlooked: the experts haven't known what to do with them. Our essayist, trombonist and jazz historian David Sager, fixes that; he has a keen appreciation for the development of musical styles, and in 32 pages he lays out a very convincing case for the historical importance of the Jones Rainbo outfit. Full of lively and tuneful melodies played by virtuosic performers, and arranged in a style that invited dancers rather than estranged or confused them, Jones' first 37 sides demonstrate his deep, blue-collar work ethic and his commitment to precision and excellence. You'll think you were back in Chicago in 1920. And you will be happy!”


  • 1911 - 'Up, Up a Little Bit Higher'. 26 Tracks including Alexander’s Ragtime Band; Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine; Down by the Old Mill Stream’, etc. (Canada) Archeophone 9016. (PE0236)

    “26 gloriously restored tracks from the year that witnessed excitement and terror in the skies. The aviation craze delighted the country, but the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City took 146 lives and horrified the public conscience. Safety laws put into place in the aftermath of the blaze were one aspect of progressive legislation that asserted government's right to regulate the way business owners treated their employees. These are the stories behind the music on 1911: UP, UP A LITTLE BIT HIGHER, the sixteenth volume in our popular Phonographic Yearbook series.”


  • And now . . . only while they last, a few of our remaining Meloclassics issues at 50% discount; there can be no special orders for these splendid CDs, the remaining catalogue of which will be found at the beginning of our ‘Various Performances’ in the ‘SALE’ section. N.B.: If a given title is noted as ‘unorderable’, it has just sold out and is marked accordingly. When these are gone, they will indeed be gone, so avail yourself of some choice issues; for example:

  • GYÖRGY CZIFFRA: Beethoven Schumann & Liszt Program. (Germany) Meloclassic 1014, Live Performance, 29 Jan., 1960, Paris. A white-hot live performance! A wonder that the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées didn't collapse with all the cheers and stomping!!! In our work, we must listen to seemingly countless performances, and while a few of them are occasionally extraordinary, a rare experience occurs when one is stopped in one’s work by a performance of great occasion. This magnificent Cziffra live recital from Paris is a prime example! Not to be missed! (P1122)

  • WALTER GIESEKING, w.Kurt Schröder Cond.Hessischen Rundfunks S.O.: Concerto in a (Grieg), recorded 13 Oct., 1951; Concerto #2 in c (Rachmaninoff), recorded 20 July, 1953. (Germany) Meloclassic 1000. (P1114)

  • JULIAN von KÁROLYI: Debussy, Ravel & Liszt Recital; w.Schüler Cond.: Piano Concerto #1 in E-flat; w.Weigel Cond.: Piano Concerto #2 in A (both Liszt; both w.Berlin Rundfunkorchester). (Germany) Meloclassic 1012, all recorded 1943-44, Berlin. (P1106)

  • FRENCH VIOLINISTS, incl. Renée Chemet, Jacques Thibaud, Jeanne Gautier, René Benedetti, Miguel Candéla, etc., w.Nicole Rollet, Marinus Flipse, Simone Gouat & Michael Raucheisen (Pfs.); Rosbaud, Bigot, Steinkopf, etc. Cond.: Ravel, Paganini, Lalo, Leclair & Saint-Saëns. (Germany) Meloclassic 2016, recorded 1937-55, virtually all Berlin Radio, Hessischer Radio & Paris Radiodiffusion. (S0600)

  • SCHNEIDERHAN QUARTET (Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Otto Strasser, Ernst Morawec, Richard Krotschak): Haydn, Brahms & Schumann. (Germany) Meloclassic 4001. (S0613)

    . . . and repeated from recent weeks . . .

  • FOLLOW THE CROWD (Irving Berlin), w.Jacques Heuvel Cond.Empire Theatre Ensemble; Fay Compton, Joseph Coyne, Robert Hale, Blanche Tomlin, Tom Walls, Eric Courtland, Ethel Levey (Mrs. George M. Cohan), etc.; Irving Berlin (from a Private Record). (England) Palaeophonics 115 recorded 1916, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. FOLLOW THE CROWD was produced at the Empire Theatre, London, on 19 Feb., 1916, after the Broadway Globe Theatre production, 1915 (originally titled STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!). (PE0233)

    “Cast recordings, as thought of today, did not exist in the United States essentially until the advent of the long playing record. In London, however, casts often assembled to record fairly complete scores on 78s, and quite a bit of STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! was recorded in 1916 by the London cast….”


  • – Benjamin Sears


  • SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Cond. Boston S.O., Vol.V,: Symphony #1 (Roy Harris), Live Performance, 2 Feb., 1934, Carnegie Hall; Symphony #3 (William Schuman), World Premiere Performance, 17 Oct., 1941, Symphony Hall (Conducted by the dedicatée). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-238. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1305)

  • SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Isle of the Dead - recorded 20 April, 1929; Symphony #3 in a, recorded 11 Dec., 1939 (both Cond. by the Composer). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-235). Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1306)

  • CARLOS KLEIBER Cond. Vienna S.O., w.Christa Ludwig & Waldemar Kmentt: DAS LIED VON DER ERDE (Mahler). (Austria) Wiener Konzerthaus WS007, Live Performance, 7 June, 1967 - Kleiber's sole encounter with Mahler's music, now in a vastly improved sound transfer, far superior to earlier efforts. (C1307)

  • CHEREVICHKI (The Slippers) (Tschaikowsky), recorded 1948, w.Melik-Pashaev Cond. Bolshoi Opera Ensemble; Georgi Nelepp, Andrei Ivanov, Maxim Mikhailov, Krassowski, Antonova, Kruglikova, etc. (Russia) 2-Melodiya 10 02129. Transfers by D. Goklin. Brochure notes in Cyrillic, French & English. (OP2932)

  • TANNHÄUSER, Live Performance, 3 Aug., 1961, w.Sawallisch Cond.Bayreuth Festival Enesmble; Wolfgang Windgassen, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry, Josef Greindl, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerhard Stolze, Franz Crass, Gerhard Paskuda & Theo Adam. 3-Orfeo d'Or C888143D. (OP2931)

  • NINON VALLIN, Vol. V, incl. Songs by Massenet & Gounod; Arias from Carmen, Louise, La Reine Joyeuse, Manon, La Boheme. Madama Butterfly, Die Lustige Witwe & Der Graf von Luxemburg. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-231, all recorded Dec., 1931, Pathé. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. Great transfers from pristine 78rpm copies, the fifth in a YSL series of some of Vallin’s rarest records! (V2278)

  • RÉGINE CRESPIN, w.Inghelbrecht, Etcheverry, Knappertsbusch, Kempe, Markevitch, Downes, Leinsdorf & Maazel Cond.: Arias from La Damnation de Faust, Pénélope, La Juive, Sigurd, La Reine de Saba, Marie-Magdeleine, Sapho, Tosca, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Walküre, Parsifal & Der Rosenkavalier (the latter being the Marschallin's Act I Monologue from Crespin's first Met Opera Broadcast, 22 Dec., 1962). (France) Malibran 212, recorded 1959-63, partially live performances. (V2275)

  • ALAIN VANZO: Musica proibita (Gastaldón); w.Jules Gressier & Jésus Etcheverry Cond.: Arias from Don Giovanni, I Puritani, Barbiere, Lucia, L’Italiana in Algeri, L'Elisir, Rigoletto, Ballo, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly & Der Rosenkavalier. (France) Malibran 208, recorded 1958-64. (V2277)

  • GEORGES LE COZ, w.Michelle Langot (Pf.): Songs by Duparc, Ropartz, Gounod, Fauré, Lazzari, Chausson, de Séverac, etc. - Live Performances 23 Jan., 1983 & 22 Nov., 1987, Brest; Arias from Mignon, Lakmé, Samson et Dalila, Cléopâtre, Judas Maccabeus & Don Carlos - Live Performances 1959-83. Georges Le Coz, 1924-2008, A most worthy recital by the respected student of Vanni-Marcoux. (France) Malibran 769. (V2276)

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  • Ernst Levy - Vol. IV     (2-Marston 52072)
    P1130. ERNST LÉVY, Vol. IV, A Selection of Unpublished Concert and Studio Recordings, featuring Haydn, Beethoven Schubert, Liszt, Brahms & Franck. 2-Marston 52072, recorded 1942-59. - 638335207223
    $35.90
    Joy-Land   (Shirley Kellogg, Harry Tate)  (Palaeophonics 125)
    PE0234. JOY-LAND (Herman Dareweski, de Courville & Pink), w.London Hippodrome Ensemble; Shirley Kellogg (Mrs Albert de Courville), Harry Tate, Bertram Wallis, George Carvey, etc.; Murray Johnson & Aimée Maxwell: Excerpts from the HMV Records. (England) Palaeophonics 125, recorded 1915, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. JOY-LAND was produced at the London Hippodrome, on 23 Dec., 1915 and ran for 409 performances. Included is an elaborate 6pp. Columbia Records brochure featuring numerous photos of the production. Included is an elaborate 6pp. Columbia Records brochure featuring numerous photos of the production.
    $19.90
    Georgy Cziffra    (Meloclassic 1014)
    P1122. GYÖRGY CZIFFRA: Beethoven Schumann & Liszt Program. (Germany) Meloclassic 1014, Live Performance, 29 Jan., 1960, Paris. A white-hot live performance! A wonder that the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées didn't collapse with all the cheers and stomping!!! In our work, we must listen to seemingly countless perfrormances, and while a few of them are occasionally extraordinary, a rare experience occurs when one is stopped in one’s work by a performance of great occasion. This magnificent Cziffra live recital from Paris is a prime example! Not to be missed! - 791154050149
    Regular price: $19.90
    Sale price: $9.95
    Walter Gieseking;   Kurt Schroder     (Meloclassic 1000)
    P1114. WALTER GIESEKING, w.Kurt Schröder Cond.Hessischen Rundfunks S.O.: Concerto in a (Grieg), recorded 13 Oct., 1951; Concerto #2 in c (Rachmaninoff), recorded 20 July, 1953. (Germany) Meloclassic 1000. - 791154050002
    Regular price: $19.90
    Sale price: $9.95
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