Monthly Archives: July 2008

Bartók Violin Sonata No. 2. Tossy Spivakovsky/Artur Balsam (CHS)

I’m very happy to present this recording of the Bartók 2nd Violin Sonata by Tossy Spivakovsky and Artur Balsam, issued in late 1947 by Concert Hall Society. Odessa born Spivakovsky (1906-1998) was actually trained in Berlin, and was appointed concertmaster … Continue reading

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Vincent D’Indy & Federico Mompou play their own works

Here are several rare recordings of Vincent D’Indy and Federico Mompou playing their own piano works. I don’t believe they are available as reissues. Mompou made a beautiful series of stereo recordings of his own works for Ensayo, which have … Continue reading

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Fritz Lehmann. Odeon recordings, Part 2

As promised, here is another installment of the Odeon recordings made by conductor Fritz Lehmann, in the early 1940s. This period of Lehmann’s discography has been completely bypassed in terms of reissues. I can’t claim intimate familiarity with Franck’s Rédemption, … Continue reading

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Acoustic Polydor orchestral recordings transfered by Ward Marston (Pfitzner, Fried, von Hausseger, Klemperer)

Hans Pfitzner Siegmund von Hausegger If you are a Polydor acoustic orchestral recording maven, then I think I might have a thing or two of interest today! And also, this is the first time that this blog has featured the … Continue reading

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Van Beinum Part 3. Handel Suites, Mozart Symphony No. 33, Schubert Rosamunde excerpts

Continuing with more Decca recordings conducted by Eduard van Beinum, this Mozart is the flip side of the Haydn 94th available from Australian Eloquence on a CD coupled with the Haydn 96th & 97th Symphonies. If anyone has this lp, … Continue reading

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Van Beinum, Part 2. Schubert Symphony No. 5 & Beethoven Overtures

As promised, here are more of Eduard van Beinum’s Decca recordings. The Schubert was originally issued on 78rpm, but this copy is from an early Decca Lp issue. There was a cd release of this recording on Dutton, but it’s … Continue reading

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Wilhelm Kempff. Acoustic Polydor Recordings, Part 1

I first got to know Wilhelm Kempff’s playing from his second complete Beethoven Sonata cycle, as did many who grew up the in 1960s, along with the always available and essential Schnabel, of course. Only later did I become familiar … Continue reading

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