Browse: Historic Sound (series)
Divine Art founder Stephen Sutton has from the age of 14 been a collector of vintage recordings, though the "78" was obsolete well before then. The passion began with his parents' small collection and, in 1968, with a gift of two edited highlights sets of Gilbert & Sullivan. The collection has now grown to over 10,000 discs. A long held ambition, once digital sound restoration software became affordable, was to start a series of historic recording re-issues, and by pure coincidence, in early 2005, Stephen was contacted by Andrew Rose, an ex-BBC engineer who had relocated to France and was setting up his company Pristine Audio, with the aim of providing the best possible audio restorations . Andrew was looking for a home for some existing projects and so the Divine Art "historic Sound" label was born.
Recorded 1925-51, digitally remastered.
Josef Szigeti (violin), Nikita Magalov (piano), René Soames (tenor), Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano), Peter Dawson (bass-baritone), Gerald Moore (piano), John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute), John Armstrong (baritone), Parry Jones (tenor), Ann Wood (mezzo-soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), Cecil Cope...
May Blyth (Santuzza), Heddle Nash (Turiddu), Harold Williams (Alfio), Marjorie Parry (Lola), Justine Griffiths (Lucia), Frank Mullings (Canio), Miriam Licette (Nedda), Harold Williams (Tonio), Heddle Nash (Beppe), Dennis Noble (Silvio)
British National Opera Company, Aylmer Buesst, Eugene Goossens
As Andrew Rose, the man responsible for this transfer, points out, there was a period when Columbia records were known for their 'silent surfaces', and happily he has had access to early copies... — More…
Colin Sauer (violin), Alfredo Campoli (violin)
BBC Northern Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves, Sir Adrian Boult
Campoli's 1954 live Festival hall broadcast of EJ Moeran's Violin Concerto outclasses the few recordings it has had since - his playing is utterly charismatic, turning the work unashamedly into... — More…
Giuliano Romagnoli (Faust), Gemma Bosini (Margherita), Fernando Autori (Mefistofele), Gilda Timitz (Siebel), Napoleone Limonta (Wagner), Adolfo Pacini (Valentino) & Nelda Garrone (Marta)
La Scala Milan Chorus & Orchestra, Carlo Sabajno