Pristine Audio

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pristine Audio)

A great performance revitalised in extraordinarily vivid sound – another Pristine remastering triumph [RMo]

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Mahler: Symphonies 5, 7 & 8 (Pristine Audio)

A specialist issue, but Mahler devotees and admirers of Sir Adrian Boult will find it fascinating [JQ]

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Pristine Audio)

Pristine refreshes Callas’s 1959 stereo recording and prompts a re-evaluation of its considerable merits [PT]

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Ponchielli: La Gioconda (Pristine Audio)

No one who loves this opera can afford to be without this recording for Callas’ unique insight into the title role [GF]

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos 5, 7 & 8 (Pristine Audio)

Revelatory Boult in Mahler from the archives [LD]

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Cherubini: Medea (Pristine Audio)

Callas’ stereo studio Medea gets the Pristine XR treatment [PT]

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Pristine Audio)

On balance, still the best of Callas’ recordings of Lucia di Lammermoor [RMo]

Beethoven: Symphonies 7 & 8 (Pristine Audio)

Great, essential performances, clearly recognisable even with less than ideal sound quality [PBW]

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Pristine Audio)

A so-so “classic” recording [RMas]

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Cherubini: Medea (Pristine Audio)

Pristine’s revitalising of the sound here goes a long way towards countering any criticism of Callas’ sole studio recording of Medea [RMo]

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Pristine Audio)

Callas’ stereo remake is a more mature and inward reading of the role – now in even fresher sound [GF]

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Toscanini: The 1948 Brahms Cycle Vol. 1 (Pristine Audio)

Toscanini at his best in these great live concert recordings from 1948, lovingly remastered [GPJ]

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Frederick Stock (conductor) Chicago Symphony, Vol 3 (Pristine Audio)

Further evidence that Stock was an exceptionally able conductor [JW]

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Cherubini: Medea (Pristine Audio)

This recording is an established classic, and should be in every decent opera collection, especially in this newest incarnation [GF]

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Pristine Audio)

A jewel of a recording, splendidly remastered by Pristine [MP]

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Collins conducts Sibelius (Pristine Audio)

Expertly refurbished but not as sonically striking or interpretatively engaging as my favourite recordings [RMo]

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Tippett: King Priam (Pristine Audio)

A superbly persuasive recording of Tippett’s most difficult opera [MP]

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Bruckner: Symphony 9 (Pristine Audio)

A classic of the Bruckner discography, revived [NC]

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Bloch: String Quartets (Pristine Audio)

A classic set of these twentieth century masterpiece returns [SB]

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Pristine Audio)

A palpable improvement over the remastering of the original mono recording and a fine performance in itself [RMo]

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Léner Quartet (Pristine Audio)

More canonic Léner Quartet restorations from the 1920s and 30s [JW]

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Joseph Szigeti (violin) European Columbia Recordings Vol. 4 (Pristine Audio)

The final furlong for Szigeti’s legacy on Pristine Audio with top-notch Obert-Thorn restorations [JW]

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Britten: Noye’s Fludde (Pristine Audio)

Fine historical performances indispensable to any Britten collection [WH]

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Puccini: Turandot (Pristine Audio)

Not an ‘icon’ perhaps, but unmissable for admirers of Callas and Puccini [WH]