Wilhelm Furtwangler / Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart. Don Giovanni. Salzburg Festival - ORF/EMI 1954

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  "Don Giovanni"   Dramma giocoso in due atti, K.527
Don Giovanni .......................... Cesare Siepi  (Bass)  
Donna Elvira .......................... Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  (Soprano) 
Don Ottavio .......................... Anton Dermota  (Tenor)
Leporello.......................... Otto Edelmann  (Bass)
Masetto .......................... Walter Berry  (Bass Baritone)
Donna Anna .......................... Elisabeth Grummer  (Soprano)
Commendatore .......................... Dezso Ernster  (Bass) **
Zerlina .......................... Erna Berger  (Soprano)
Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   conducted by   Wilhelm Furtwangler 
Overture, Act One: 3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download         Act Two: 3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
EMI  EX 153 290667 3  (1986: DMM Germany, 3LP)   Live: 3 August 1954 - Felsenreitschule, Salzburg. [** Raffaele Arie (Bass): final scene from: Salzburg Festival - 27 July 1953]  
Previously unplayed LP set.  Files transferred 24/96 - but probably 16 bit digital mastered LP's; hence presented as such..
Unlikely to be the best overall performance on LP (have Busch/Rosbaud/Moralt/Klemperer@Cologne, etc,).   EMI's CD's now OOP.      Booklet commentary >>>

24/96: Roger Desormiere / Paris Conservatoire - Les Sylphides / Sleeping Beauty - Decca 1950/1

Frederic Chopin / Orchestrated by Alexander Gretchaninov:  "Les Sylphides" -  Ballet  (arr: Desormiere)
Nocturne (op.32/2) ~ Valse (op.70/1 ~ Mazurka (op.33/2) ~ Mazurka (op.67/3) ~ Prelude (op.28/7) ~ Valse (op.64/2) ~ Grande Valse Brillante (op.18)
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Peter Tchaikovsky:  "The Sleeping Beauty", op.66  - Suite:  Introduction (Prologue) ~ Finale, Act.1 (The Lilac Fairy) ~ Pas d'action, Act.2 ~ Pas de caractere (Puss in Boots & the White Cat), Act.3 ~ Panorama, Act.2 ~ Valse, Act.3
Both as: 2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download 
L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Roger Desormiere    
Decca  ACL 8  1959 pressing/matrices: ARL1799 -1Hr / ARL899 -3Er   Rec: 22 February 1950 / 15-20 June 1951 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris
Originally: LM4511 / LXT2610    Tchaikovsky: Sept.2010  files re-edited May 2012    Les Sylphides... Not on CD

24/96: Suzanne Danco sings... Schumann. Liederkreis ... Faure. Bonne Chanson ... Ravel. Sheherazade, Poemes de Stephane Mallarme, Melodies hebraiques - Decca 1953/1955


Robert Schumann:  "Liederkreis", op.39       /       Gabriel Faure:  "La Bonne Chanson", Op.61 **
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  ZS Download              2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download         Suzanne Danco, Soprano - with  Guido Agosti, piano  

Maurice Ravel:  "Sheherazade"  /  "Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme" ** /  "Deux Melodies hebraiques
3 files zip 16/44 FLAC  ZS Download              3 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download         Suzanne Danco - Suisse Romande Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet

Decca  LX 3107  10" 1953 LP/matrices: DRL1209 -2A / DRL1210 -2A    /    Decca  ECS 816  STEREO (electronic **)  1978 LP/matrices: EAL12707 -1G / EAL12708 -1G
Recorded: 8/9 April 1952  &  Oct./Nov.1954 - Victoria Hall, Geneva    (The 1952 recordings were re-issued 1957 as Decca/London LL 1324  - no LXT release)
The Mallarme + Faure are single-channel from the electronic-stereo. LX 3107 additionally auto-de-clicked after vast effort (the surfaces, whilst appearing mint, were stunningly noisy due to inferior matrix processing). Liederkreis now only has slight 'hash' at the end/s (and sounds superior to Mr Pristine's effort !! mp3 sample - second part is Liederkreis)
Liederkreis: Not on CD   Two Hebrew Melodies: Not on CD as stereo (stereo tape has also now kopped-it?).  
May make another transfer of Sheherazade as this side was slightly prone, early-on, to Decca's pressing 'blips'; as usual more evident via Foobar than whilst editing with Audacity. 
EMG reviews / Sleeve-notes / "The Times" - obituary 2000 >>>

24/96: Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia - Beethoven. Overtures: Fidelio ~ Leonore 1-3 - Columbia 1955

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Side One:   "Leonore" - Overture, no.1, op.138   
"Leonore" - Overture, no.2, op.72a/1               2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download
Side Two:   "Fidelio" - Overture, op.72b   
"Leonore" - Overture, no.3, op.72a/2               2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  ZS Download
The above: 4 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Otto Klemperer    
Columbia  33CX 1270   1960 pressing/1955 matrices: XAX673 -2N / XAX674 -1N     Recorded: November 1954 - Kingsway Hall   
Side 1 is a remarkably fine transfer - slightly superior to side 2      EMG review / Sleeve-note (2nd 24/96 zip contains 300dpi sleeve scans) >>>

24/96: Ernest Ansermet / Paris Conservatoire - Prokofiev. Symphony 1 ~ Glinka ~ Borodin ~ Mussorgsky - Decca 1953

Serge Prokofiev:  Symphony no.1 in D major, op.25  ("Classical")
I: Allegro con brio  ~  II: Larghetto  ~  III: Gavotte  ~  IV: Allegro vivace  
Mikhail Glinka:  "Russlan & Ludmilla" - overture  
Alexander Borodin:  "On the Steppes of Central Asia" 
Modest Mussorgsky:  "Night on the Bare Mountain" (arr: Rimsky-Korsakov)  
16/44 zip FLAC   ZS Download
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L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  ACL 123  (LXT 2833)  1967 pressing / 1961 matrices: ARL1760 -1Lr / ARL1761 -1Nr 
Recorded: 15-19 / 22-25 June 1953 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris
Presumably this was recorded with an EMI tape-recorder - as the frequency-range extends to almost 30kHz - thus the 24/96 files are rather superior (and 4x larger).
Difficult surfaces to edit 'to near-perfection' (which, of course, you require)      ACL 123 sleeve / LXT 2833 sleeve-note >>>

Hamburger Telemann-Gesellschaft - Couperin. Concert royal 3 / Leclair. Sonata 8 / Boismortier. Trio -&- Concerto - Archiv 1960

Francois Couperin:  Troisieme Concert royal in A major
Jean Marie Leclair:  Sonata no.8 in D major  
Joseph Boismortier:  Trio, op.50/6 in D major    /    Concerto, op.37 in E minor   
4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Camerata Instrumentale der Hamburger Telemann-Gesellschaft  
(Burghard Schaeffer, flute - Hermann Tottcher, oboe - Thomas Brandis, violin - Fritz Henker, bassoon - Josef Ulsamer -&- Heinrich Haferland, viola da gamba's - Edwin Koch, 'cello - Karl Grebe, harpsichord )
DGG Archive  SAPM 198 031  STEREO  Original 1960 pressing / December 1959 matrices  
Pretty good sound/transfer for such an early DGG Stereo. Side 2 dubbed @ +2dB compared to side 1.   The Zip Folder also includes: Eng/Ger/Fr/Sp sleeve-notes + Insert card.      Not on CD      EMG review >>>
Here's the 'most attractive' work (Boismortier's Concerto) as 24/96 (with <4x file-sizes there's not sufficient space for the others)  ZS Download

Paul Kletzki / Philharmonia - Berlioz. Overtures - Columbia 1952

Hector Berlioz:  Overtures -
Le Carnaval Romain, op.9  
Beatrice and Benedict
Le Corsaire, op.21
Benvenuto Cellini, op.23
Les Francs Juges, op.3
5 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Paul Kletzki
HMV  XLP 30014  1963 LP/matrices: XAX2300 -2N / XAX2301 -1N.  Issued 1952 as: Columbia 33CX 1003 + Le Carnaval Romain  (78)   
Recorded: a: 7 July 1952 / b: 5, c-e: 6 September 1951 - Kingsway Hall.    December 2009 WAV files -  Re-edited: June 2014.     Not on CD ?

J.S.Bach. The Musical Offering - London Harpsichord Ensemble / Francis - Saga 1963

Johann Sebastian Bach:
"The Musical Offering", BWV 1079  ( realisation: Millicent Silver ) 
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download    
The London Harpsichord Ensemble  
John Francis, flute  ~  John Tunnell, violin  ~  Sarah Francis, oboe/cor anglais  ~  Bernard Davis, viola  ~  Roger Birnstingl, bassoon  ~
Norman Jones, 'cello  ~  Millicent Silver, harpsichord.  Directed by  John Francis

SAGA  XID 5237   1964 Mono: no stereo issue  ('dry' acoustic - & the sound is a bit/more 'hair-shirt' towards side-ends) 
28 April 2011 files: Minimal '1.3' de-click now applied    Not on CD     Sleeve-note >>>

Jeanne Demessieux / Victoria Hall Organ - J.S.Bach recital - Decca 1953

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major,   BWV564    
Chorale-Prelude: "Wenn wir in Hochsten Noten sein",   BWV641
Chorale-Prelude: "Jesus Christus, unser Heiland",   BWV626/688
Chorale-Prelude: "Nunn komm' der Heiden Heiland",   BWV599 
Fugue in G major (a la gigue),   BWV577 
Prelude and Fugue in A minor,   BWV543
6 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The 1949 Organ at Victoria Hall  - Jeanne Demessieux, organist  
Decca  ACL 242   (LXT 2915)  1964 LP/c.1961 transfer/matrices: ARL1922 -1Nr / ARL1923 -1Nr   Rec: c.October 1953 - Victoria Hall, Geneva
2010 files / 2011 edited - re-edited April 2014      Not on CD          Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

Louis de Froment conducts... Mozart. Clarinet Concerto -&- Sinfonia Concertante - Lancelot, Pierlot, Coursier, Hongne - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1953

W.A.Mozart:
Concerto in A major for Clarinet & Orchestra, K.622   Allegro  ~  Adagio  ~  Rondo     (Jacques Lancelot, clarinet)
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K.297b    Allegro  ~  Adagio  ~  Andantino con variazioni    
(Pierre Pierlot, oboe  - Jacques Lancelot, clarinet  - Gilbert Coursier, horn  - Paul Hongne, bassoon) 
2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
L'Ensemble Orchestral de L'Oiseau-Lyre  conducted by  Louis de Froment  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  OL 50006  
 First Edition 1953 LP/matrices: TT139 -1B / TT140 -1B    Recorded c.1952 - Paris. 
This required lengthy editing (surfaces were full of huge clicks/pops) + slightly de-clicked @ 1.3 + re-equalized (some 'edits' audible in the Clarinet C.).  
Performances are superb.   Not on CD    Sleeve-note / EMG review  >>>

Jeanne Demessieux plays... Cesar Franck. Trois Chorals, Trois pieces, Six pieces - Decca 1959

Volume One:  Trois pieces:  (1878)   -  Fantasie in A major    /    Cantabile    /    Piece Heroique       //       Choral no.1 in E major  (1890)
4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Volume Two: Choral no.2 in B minor  (1890)  //   Six pieces:  (1860-1862)  -  Fantasie in C major, op.16  /   Grande piece Symphonique, op.17  
3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download 
Volume Three: Choral no.3 in A minor  (1890)   //   Six pieces: (1860-1862)  - Priere, op.20  /  Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op.18  /  Pastorale, op.19  /  Final, op.21      
5 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Cavaille-Coll organ  (1845)  at  L’Eglise de La Madeleine, Paris  - Jeanne Demessieux, organist  
Decca  SDD 202-204   STEREO    Recorded: 1959 - UK issued: 1969 - 1972 pressings/matrices: ZAL 8792-8797 -1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-1K/-2K 
New discs with minimal de-click  plus slight treble enhancement .   Sleeve-notes + EMG review / SRG Vol.7 review >>>  

24/96: Robert Irving / LSO - Massenet. Le Cid -&- Meyerbeer. Les Patineurs - Decca 1952

Jules Massenet:  "Le Cid" - Ballet Music
(Castillane ~ Andalouse ~ Aragonaise ~ Aubade ~ Catalane ~ Madrilene ~ Navaraisse)    
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Giacomo Meyerbeer (arr: Constant Lambert):  "Les Patineurs" - Ballet
(Entree ~ Pas seul ~ Pas de deux ~ Ensemble ~ Pas de trois ~ Duet ~ Pas des patineurs ~ Finale)   
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
The above as 16/44  zip FLAC files  Mega Download
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Irving  
Decca  ACL 72  (originally LXT 2746)   c.1961/2 pressing. 1959 matrices: ARL 4522 -1A / ARL 4523 -2A   Rec: 14-16 July 1952 - Kingsway Hall      
A 1950's 'demonstration LP'. Whilst the original pressing was good for its time this 1959 reissue is superior in clarity/detail.       Not on CD         LXT 2746 sleeve-note >>>

24/96: Karl Haas / London Baroque - Dvorak. Wind Serenade / Gounod. Petite Symphonie - Parlophone 1951/1953

Antonin Dvorak:  Serenade in D minor, op.44    I: March  ~  II: Minuet and Trio  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Finale (Rondo)          
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(Sidney Sutcliffe / Natalie James, oboes - Jack Brymer / Basil Tchaikov, clarinets - Dennis Brain / Neill Sanders / Ian Beers, horns -
Cecil James / Edward Wilson / Peter Parry, bassoons - John Shinebourne, 'cello - James Merrett, double-bass)

Charles Gounod:  Petite Symphonie     I: Adagio et allegretto  ~  II: Andante cantabile  ~  III: Scherzo (Allegro moderato)  ~  IV: Finale (Allegretto)          
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(Gareth Morris, flute - Sidney Sutcliffe / Natalie James, oboes - Jack Brymer / Gervase de Peyer, clarinets - Dennis Brain / Neill Sanders, horns - Cecil James / Peter Parry, bassoons)
The above as 16/44  zip FLAC files   Mega Download
The London Baroque Ensemble  conducted by  Karl Haas    
HMV  XLP 30011  1963 LP/matrices: 2XEA2281 -1N / 2XEA2282 -3N   Rec: 6/7 Dec.1951 & 24 Dec.(Nov.?)1953. The Gounod is a first issue and  Not on CD.    Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

Lawrance Collingwood / LSO - Elgar. Nursery Suite / String Serenade / 3 Bavarian Dances - Columbia 1954

Sir Edward Elgar:
Nursery Suite  (Aubade ~ The Serious Doll ~ Busy-ness ~ The Sad Doll ~ The Wagon passes ~ The Merry Doll ~ Dreaming-Envoy, Coda)  
Serenade in E minor, op.20  (Allegro piacevole ~ Larghetto ~ Allegretto -come prima)  
Three Bavarian Dances, op.27  (The Dance ~ Lullaby ~ The Marksmen) 
3 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download
The London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Lawrance Collingwood 
Music for Pleasure  MFP 2046   (Columbia 33SX 1030)  1966 LP/matrices: XAX 500 -5 / XAX 499 -5
Recorded: 11/18 November 1953 / 11 February 1954 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.      Not on CD
These are 24/96 recorded files. The LP (2 copies) had quite some matrix noise - but applying minimal 'de-click' was ruinous - and the original 1954 LP would require even more tinkering... so the occasional (hopefully) minor tick, etc, will be evident...This is a 'request' from some time back and should be better than that on another blog - which apparently sounded rubbish !   The performances are very nice.. (a few edits are audible). 
33SX 1030 Sleeve/Sleeve-note >>>

Salvatore Accardo - Violin Recital, with Andre Collard - SAGA 1959

    
Vitali:  Chaconne      
Sarasate:  Romanze Andaluze, op.22, no.1 **
Paganini:  I Palpiti, op.13     
Wieniawski:  Legende, op.17     
Debussy:  La fille aux cheveux de lin (Prelude no.8, Book 1)  /  Minstrels (Prelude no.12, Book 1)   /  Clair de lune (Suite Bergamasque)
Paganini:  Variations on "Le Streghe"   
Wieniawski:  Polonaise in D, op.4      
7 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Salvatore Accardo, violin -  Andre Collard, piano  
SAGA  5488    German Teldec pressing.  'Recorded circa 1960'.  First Released 1982.   **(p)1962 as XID 5108.
Scarce Mono-only LP - Not on CD.  Possibly recorded March 1959.   January 2010 WAV files - Re-edited: Feb.2014    Sleeve-note >>>  

24/96: Ruggiero Ricci / Louis Persinger - Sarasate. Danzas Espanolas, etc - Decca 1954

Pablo de Sarasate:
Danzas Espanolas, op.21/1-2:  'Malaguena'  &  'Habanera'
Danzas Espanolas, op.22/1-2:  'Romanza andaluza'  &  'Jota navarra'
Danzas Espanolas, op.23/1-2:  'Playera'  &  'Zapateado'
Danzas Espanolas, op.26/1-2:  A minor  &  C major
Caprice Basque, op.24
Introduction et tarantelle, op.43
Zigeunerweisen, op.20/1
7 files zip  24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download           7 files zip  16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Ruggiero Ricci, violin  &  Louis Persinger, piano    
Decca  LXT 2930  1968 pressing / c.1961 matrices: ARL 1954 -1Nr / ARL 1955 -1Nr  Rec: c.January 1954 - West Hampstead Studios   
This is superior to a previous mastering (c.1955: 1Dr/1Dr - large type) - itself distinctly superior to the 1954 original: 1A/1A.
Intended uploading this ages back (scans are Nov.2012) but was unconvinced that the 16/44 CD-RW captured all of the 'studio atmosphere', etc.  
    Sleeve-note >>>

24/96: Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto - Ruggiero Ricci - New SO / Sargent - Decca 1950

Peter Tchaikovsky 
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35  
I:  Adagio moderato - Cadenza  ~  II:  Canzonetta - Andante  ~  III:  Finale - Allegro vivacissimo  
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC Mega Download              2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC Mega Download
Ruggiero Ricci, violin  ~ New Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by  Sir Malcolm Sargent 
Decca  LXT 2509  (reissued 1957 as: LXT 5373)  1957 LP/matrices: ARL278 -1Dr / ARL279 -1Dr   Rec: 26-27 January 1950 - Kingsway Hall  
Side One is really superb (the violin harmonics go to <30kHz in the Cadenza) - Side Two is marginally inferior (also in terms of performance) & transferred at a slightly lower level (a subdued pressing 'pimple' is near the start for a couple of revolutions)..   Sleeve-note / 1950 EMG review >>>

24/96: Endres Quartet play... Smetana. Quartet 1 -&- Borodin. Quartet 2 - Vox 1957

Bedrich Smetana:  String Quartet no.1 in E minor  ('From my life')
I:  Allegro vivo appassionato   ~  II:  Allegro moderato a la polka   ~  III:  Largo sostenuto  ~  IV:  Vivace        24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download

Alexander Borodin:  String Quartet no.2 in D major
I:  Allegro moderato  ~  II:  Scherzo (Allegro)  ~  III:  Notturno (Andante)  ~  IV:  Finale (Andante-Vivace)        24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Endres String Quartet, Munich  (Heinz Endres - Jose Rottenfusser - Fritz Ruf - Adolf Schmidt)
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Vox  PL 10190   1957 Decca pressing/'RVG' USA matrices.  Recorded: Stuttgart  
Splendid performances in clean vivid (bright) sound         Not on CD       EMG review/sleeve-note >>>

24/96: Bretislav Bakala conducts... Leos Janacek. Glagolitic Mass / Lach Dances / Sinfonietta - Supraphon 1950-2

Leos Janacek:  "Lachian Dances"   
I: Ancient I  ~  II: Blessing's Dance  ~  III: Smith Dance  ~  IV: Ancient II  ~  V: Celadensky  ~ VI: Saws Dance
24/96 XR FLAC   Mega Download          16/44  FLAC  (now de-clicked @ '1.3')  Mega Download
Brno Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala   
Supraphon  LPV 201 (DV 5182)  c. mid-1950's LP/matrix: VM 250/M.  Recorded: c.1951 - Brno
Leos Janacek:  "Sinfonietta"     
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Andante  ~  III: Moderato  ~  IV: Allegretto  ~  V: Allegro
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala
Leos Janacek:  "Glagolitic Mass"       
I: Introduction  ~  II: Kyrie  ~  III: Gloria  ~  IV: Credo  ~  V: Sanctus  ~  VI: Agnus Dei  ~  VII: Postlude  ~  VIII: Intrada
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Libuse Domaninska, Soprano ~ Josef Valka, Tenor ~ Marie Jurenova. Contralto ~ Jaroslav Hromadka, BassFrantisek Michalek, organ.  
Moravan Academic Singing Association & Vach Moravian Lady Teacher's Choir, Josef Veselka, chorus master.  
Brno Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala
"Sinfonietta"  &  "Glagolitic Mass"   2  files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Rediffusion  HCN 7005  1978 LP/CBS UK matrices.  Recorded: 16-18 October 1950 - Studio Domovina, Prague / March 1951 - Brno  
Don't have Bakala: SUA 10053 (Fiddler/Blanik/Suite) and LPV 475 (Bakala: Hradcany/Wolf-Tracks...c/w: Kuhn: Nocturnes) sounds rather dire.   
The above performances are simply wonderful.  Difficult to imagine a finer recorded performance of the Mass, and the Dances have great rhythmic vitality (compared to Decca: Huybrechts/LPO that I bought in 1971).
The sound-quality is better than 'rather good' (and perhaps superior to the Supraphon CD of the Sinfonietta/Mass?? - judging by a comment below - Janacek post..) - and have resisted the temptation to slightly de-click the ancient (but 'mint/flawless') Supraphon.  Sleeve-notes / 1955 Record Guide review >>>

Bakala + Vogel files from the previous Janacek/Supraphon post: 
Supraphon SUA 10095  ZS Download
Supraphon LPV 450 Janacek arias:  ZS Download

24/96: Ernest Ansermet / LSO - Rossini-Respighi. La Boutique Fantasque - Decca 1950

Rossini-Respighi:  "La Boutique Fantasque" - Ballet
Side One: Overture & Scene - Introduction & Tarantella - Introduction, Mazurka & Scene - Danse Cosaque & Valse Brillante
Side Two: Can Can & Scene - Introduction & Valse Lente - Scene & Nocturne - Galop & Finale
2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC Mega Download                   2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  ACL 7  (LXT 2555)  1958 LP/matrices: ARL497 -3Dr / ARL498 -3Dr    Recorded: 20-22 July 1950 - Kingsway Hall  
Earliest copies of ACL 7 had an RIAA mid- '50's LXT transfer. This has a wider dynamic-range than either of those/original issue.      
On Decca Eloquence CD - but this probably sounds much better!   Sleeve scan is of the 1951 original -    Sleeve-note >>>  

24/96: Rimsky-Korsakov. Le Coq d'Or / Capriccio Espagnol - Suisse Romande / Ansermet - Decca 1952

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  "The Golden Cockerel" - suite
I: King Dodon in his Palace ~II: King Dodon on the Battlefield ~III: King Dodon with Queen Chimaka ~IV: Marriage Feast & Lamentable End of King Dodon
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  "Capriccio Espagnol", op.34  
I: Alborada  ~  II: Variazioni  ~  III: Alborada  ~  IV: Scena e canto gitano  ~  V: Fandango asturiano         24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
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Suisse Romande Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet    
Decca  ACL 43  1959 pressing (from re-cut LXT 2769 matrices: ARL1421 -1Dr / ARL1422 -1Dr).   Recorded: c.October 1952 - Victoria Hall, Geneva
The 2008 'Eloquence' CD of 'Coq d'Or' apparently sounds 'defective' - and taken from the 1970 Decca Eclipse (ECS 543) 'Electronic Stereo' copy tape. 

Leoncavallo. I Pagliacci - La Scala, Milan / Tullio Serafin - Columbia 1955

Ruggiero Leoncavallo:  "I Pagliacci"
Nedda............. Maria Meneghini CallasSoprano  
Canio.................. Giuseppe di StefanoTenor
Tonio...................... Tito GobbiBaritone
Beppe......................... Nicola MontiTenor
Silvio.............................. Rolando PaneraiBaritone
Side One: Prologue, Act One (part 1)   /  Side Two: Act One (part 2)   /   Side Three: Intermezzo, Act Two   
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Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Opera House, Milan  conducted by  Tullio Serafin  
Columbia  33CXS 1211 / 33CX 1212   1963 pressings / pre-1959 matrices: XBX 157 -4N / XBX 158 -4N / XBX 159 -2N  
Recorded: 12-17 June 1954, Teatro alla Scala, Milan       16/44 HD       EMG review >>>
Presumably you would prefer this copied from the stunningly scarce 'original 24bit CD'; as re-recorded in the Balls Pond Road Swimming Baths.
So you can compare this to Mr P's Sample  (starts @ 8.57", side two)  - and spend your pocket-money THERE !!

Sir Adrian Boult / London Philharmonic - Delibes. Sylvia / Coppelia / Naila - PYE 1956

Leo Delibes:
"Coppelia" - Ballet suite: - 
Prelude et Mazurka - Ballade et Theme Slave Varie - Scene et Valse de la Poupee - Czardas (Danse hongroise) - Entr'acte et Valse
"Sylvia" - Ballet suite: -  Prelude et Les Chasseresses - Intermezzo et Valse Lente - Pizzicati - Cortege de Bacchus
"Naila" - Valse  (arr: Minkus)   
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Adrian Boult 
PYE Marble Arch  MAL 677   1967 LP. (originally: PYE NCL 16009)   Recorded: 28 March 1955 - Walthamstow Town Hall 
Slight de-click applied due to minor 'surface noises'.  Excellent playing/performances & good sound-quality...        Not on CD      
Westminster XWN 18241 cover/sleeve-note >>>

Massimo Freccia / Santa Cecilia - Haydn. Symphony 94 / Mozart. Symphony 40 / Mendelssohn. Symphony 4 - RCA/Readers Digest 1959

Haydn:  Symphony no.94 in G major  ('The Surprise') 
I:  Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai  ~  II:  Andante  ~  III:  Menuetto - Allegro  ~  IV:  Allegro di molto 
Mozart:  Symphony no.40 in G minor, K.550   
I:  Allegro molto  ~  II:  Andante  ~  IIIMenuetto & Trio - Allegretto  ~  IV:  Finale: Allegro assai    
Mendelssohn:  Symphony no.4 in A minor, op.90  ('The Italian')  
I:  Allegro vivace  ~  IIAndante con moto  ~  III:  Con moto moderato  ~  IV:  Saltarello presto    
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Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome  conducted by  Massimo Freccia  
Readers Digest   RDM 2 / RDM 4  from 1959 Box-set: 'Music of the World's Great Composers'   mono only  Decca LP's/matrices: K80P 4575 -1A / K80P 4576 -1A & K80P 4574 -1A

Sir Thomas Beecham / French National - Franck. Symphony - HMV 1957

Cesar Franck:
Symphony in D minor  
ILento - Allegro non troppo  ~  IIAllegretto  ~  IIIAllegro non troppo   
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Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham    
HMV  ALP 1686   Original 1959 LP/matrices: 2XLA 36 -1N / 2XLA 37 -1N           
Recorded: 4/5 November 1957 - Salle Wagram, Paris.     
Not on CD    Slightly re-edited Dec.2014 with +1.4dB added treble EQ.   EMG review / sleeve-note >>>