AMITIAE - Friday 23 October 2015
Karl Richter Conducts St. Matthew Passion - A Moving 1958 Recording Remastered by Pristine Classical
By Graham K. Rogers
While the iTunes store is my main source for all types of music these days, and I do subscribe to Apple Music, I have found a couple of other online sites that have some unusual offerings. I have downloaded some recordings from Classics Online, which not only had a large catalogue of classical music but also some excellent Jazz music (Stephane Grapelli, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker). The site has been superseded by Classics Online HD LL, which wanted me to register again and pay a monthly fee ($14.99 per month). Too much fuss. Not what I want. Time to move on.
Another site - and one that continues to work for me - is Pristine Classical, run by Andrew Rose, who remasters old recordings from a number of sources. One of my favourites is of a 16-year old Yehudi Menuhin and a stirring performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No 7 recorded in 1932.
Among the well-known names are Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Max Proebstl, Irmgard Seefried and Hertha Topper. The choir - in this case the Münchner Chorknaben (under Fritz Rothschuh) along with the Munich Bach Choir.
There is a generous 12-minute sampler available for download (20.6 MB) while the full recording of almost 3 hours, 20 minutes, is available in three formats:
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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