No further uploads on this Blog. The cost of equipment/internet always rises (ie: a Decca Gold cartridge is now £847..internet +15%/yr - and new/obsolete PU/stylus's have become very rare) Relying on 'some' Contributions to offset this/my time spent (Many Hours) is inappropriate (eg: 1 Contributor from Japan - but 1M+ page views..) so any new files will be on ............................ IF YOU'VE ENJOYED ANY (OR VERY MANY) OF THESE UNMOLESTED LP TRANSFERS THEN A MODEST CONTRIBUTION WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH APPRECIATED.....


24/48: Wolfgang Sawallisch / Philharmonia - Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake -&- Nutcracker - Columbia 1959

Peter Tchaikovsky:  "Nutcracker" - suiteop.71a          24/48 XR FLAC  Mega Download
(Miniature overture, March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dance, Arab Dance, Chinese Dance, Waltz of the Flowers) 

"Swan Lake" - suiteop.20         24/48 XR FLAC  Mega Download
(Act II Swan theme, Act I Waltz, Act II Dance of the Little Swans,  Introduction to Scene & Second Dance of the Queen of the Swans, Act IV Scene)  
2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download   
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Wolfgang Sawallisch  
Columbia  SAX 2285   c.1963 pressing/matrices: YAX85 -1 / YAX86 -5.  Rec: 11/12 Sept.1957.    NOT ON CD     Sleeve-note / EMG review >>> 


  1. Wow, the Philh. in its prime! Don't know how we ever missed this rec (and us supposing to be collectors of all the Philh's stuff!!!)
    Thanks Frank.
    Best wishes, Theresa.

    1. Surprised you didn't have this (pretty popular despite a Stereo Record Guide no.1 review) - and not 'valuable' these days).
      Very fine playing - though the transfers could've been better (not much difference compared to the 24bit that nobody wants).
      Can't think of other Not on CD stereos from that time - unlike some RPO Tausky/Kletzki: various Overtures that first appeared on 45ep's.

  2. Very nice. Thank you very much

    1. Lots more Columbia's, of course.
      Someone mentioned the 1958 Joseph Levine/Ballet Theatre version of Swan hadn't made it to CD:- so will give it a spin on the Dansette.

  3. Nice! Thanks for this, Frank. Hadn't heard these performances before.

    1. Preferred this Swan to, ie, BPO/Rostropovich. The only weak-spot (aside from the early mastering vintage) is the diminuendo side-ending...the Karajan/Philh (SAX 2306) instead ends with the Act.3 Hungarian Dance.

      Dumped the 24bit files hereabouts as have finally given-up on the other blog: which saves me bothering with post '63 recordings..


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