I’ve undertaken several remastering projects for CRQ Editions, an offshoot of the magazine Classical Recordings Quarterly, which has now sadly ceased publication. So far the label has released more than 200 CDs in quarterly batches, some of which are now available as downloads. All of the issues below can be bought at the CRQ Editions website) and the clickable header takes you to a full track listing for each issue.
CRQ CD076 (1 CD) Percy Pitt conducts, Volume 1: French, German and Austrian repertoire – operatic selections by Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Thomas, Delibes, Wagner, Mendelssohn and Suppé.
CRQ CD095 (1 CD) Percy Pitt conducts. Volume 2: Italian repertoire – operatic overtures and selections by Rossini, Drigo, Boccherini, Wolf-Ferrari, Verdi and Leoncavallo.
CRQ CD104 (1 CD) Percy Pitt conducts, Volume 3: Russian, Italian, Irish and English repertoire – works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Puccini, Balfe, Coleridge-Taylor and Sullivan.
CRQ CD120 (1 CD) Lorenzo Molajoli conducts the Milan Symphony Orchestra in Respighi’s Fontane di Roma and orchestral works by Cimarosa, Bellini, Rossini, Mascagni, Gounod, Fucik and Tchaikovksy.
CRQ CD131-132 (2 CD) Percy Pitt conducts, Volume 4: the vocal recordings for HMV – this includes all except two of the singers with whom Pitt recorded, and also includes examples of Pitt as piano accompanist. The first CD is devoted to international stars and Wagner, and the second to singers from the British Empire and the USA. Also included is the only example of Pitt as a concerto conductor, leading the Air from Goldmark’s Violin Concerto with Francis MacMillen plus several purely orchestral items. The singers featured are Luisa Tetrazzini, Maria Gay, Emmy Destinn, Louise Kirkby-Lunn, John McCormack, Mario Sammarco, Titta Ruffo, Graziella Pareto, Fernand Ansseau, Marie-Louise Edvina, Dmitri Smirnov, Feodor Chaliapin, Minnie Saltzmann-Stevens, Peter Cornelius, Clarence Whitehill, Robert Radford, Florence Austral, Tudor Davies, Walter Hyde, Miriam Licette, Nora d’Argel, William Samuell, Jeanne Brola, Eveline Matthews, John Harrison, Phyllis Lett, Flora Woodman, Olga Haley, Stella Power, Rosina Buckman and Edna Thornton.
CRQ CD144 (1 CD) Eugene Goossens conducts Gramophone Premières – Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Delius: Brigg Fair; Stravinsky: Petrushka; Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka; Scriabin: Rêverie Op.24; Grainger: Molly on the Shore – Irish Reel; Goossens: Tam O’Shanter – Scherzo.
CRQ CD153 (1 CD) Eugene Goossens conducts, Volume 2: the Columbia and Edison Bell recordings – Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre; Goossens: Four Conceits, Op. 20 (first recording); Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tannhäuser: Overtures; Wolf-Ferrari: Il Segreto di Susanna: Overture; Sibelius: Scènes Historiques: Festivo; Delibes: Le Roi l’a dit: Overture ; Coppélia: 4 extracts; Planquette: Paul Jones (Surcouf): Selection; Offenbach: La Périchole: Selection; Auber: Les Diamants de la Couronne: Overture; Le Cheval de Bronze: Overture.
CRQ CD171-172 (2 CD) The Virtuoso String Quartet: pioneers of chamber music on record
Franck: Quartet in D*; Debussy: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; Tchaikovsky; Quartet in D, Op. 11*; Beethoven: Quartet No. 12 in E flat, Op. 127, plus music for string quartet by Mendelssohn, Gossec, Grainger, Glazunov, Dittersdorf and Haydn (*=first recording) / Virtuoso String Quartet (Marjorie Hayward, Edwin Virgo, violins; Raymond Jeremy, viola; Cedric Sharpe, cello).
CRQ CD182-183 (2 CDs) Alick Maclean conducts light music, Vol. 1
A very generous selection of the acoustic recordings conducted by Alick Maclean (1872-1936) as well as his only electrical recording. Maclean was a key figure in English musical life both as an operatic composer and as the conductor of the Spa Orchestra at Scarborough, North Yorkhsire, during its heyday. Included are works by Coleridge-Taylor, German, Sullivan, Jones, Quilter, Verdi, Puccini,Leoncavallo, Charpentier, Bizet, Massenet, Rosse and Grieg. Relax and enjoy the view!
Mozart: Violin Sonata in B flat major K378; Grieg: Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor Op.45 (both recorded by HMV in 1925); Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major Op.47 “Kreutzer”; Franck: Violin Sonata (both abridged and recorded by HMV in 1919). Bonus: Noel Johnson: Intermezzo (Marcella); Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 (both with orchestra, recorded by Zonophone in 1919)
Following on from the successful release last quarter of Volume I of Alick Maclean’s complete light music recordings, Volume II continues the set, with a highly attractive programme. This ranges from popular French items by Gounod and Offenbach through several works by Eric Coates to shorter pieces by Haydn Wood, Percy Fletcher and the pianist Arthur de Greef, and ends with a rousing account of the Bacchanale from Glazunov’s ballet score ‘The Seasons’.
A two CD tribute to the exciting Anglo-Russian conductor Albert Coates, one of the great pioneers of symphonic music and opera on record. The repertoire includes his extraordinary 1923 account of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the ‘Choral’, which must be one of the most exciting on record, as well as his historic 1920 recording of ‘The Poem of Ecstasy’ by Scriabin, of whom he was a contemporary in Russia before the First World War. A must for collectors of rare recordings..