Compact discs

The quality of transfers does vary tremendously between different record companies. Biddulph remove a lot of surface noise, but lose some immediacy of sound. Pearl have very noisy surfaces but a full and natural sound.

The EMI 1928 Tchaikovsky and the APR 1934 Beethoven and Lalo are particularly excellent; the fine transfers have presumably been taken from the original metal masters.


Opus Kura OPK7019 [2006]

Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218
Philharmonic Symph. Orch., Bruno Walter, New York, 16? Dec 1945

Bach Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, 6 Dec 1942

Beethoven Adagio from Sonata No. 6 (previously unpublished)

Opus Kura OPK2002 [2000]

Siegfried Schultze piano
Bach Sarabande/Double (from Partita No. 1 in B minor), 26 June 1934
Bach Andante (from Sonata No. 2 in A minor), 26 June 1934
Bach Air on the G String (arr. Wilhelmj), 1929
Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (arr. Huberman), 1929
Chopin Nocturne in E flat (arr. Sarasate), 5 Feb 1935
Schubert Ave Maria (arr. Wilhelmj), 1930
Brahms Waltz in A flat (arr. Hochstein), 1929
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor, 1932
Zarzycki Mazurka in G, 1929
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, 1930
Tchaikovsky Melodie in E flat, 1929
Sarasate Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1, 1929

Opus Kura OPK2006 [2001]

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-20 June 1934

Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
Ignaz Friedman pf, 11 & 12 Sep 1930

Opus Kura OPK2007 [2001]

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Paul Frenkel pf
Tchaikovsky Canzonetta, 1 Jan 1923
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole (IV Andante, V Rondo ), 26 Feb 1923

Opus Kura OPK2025 [2002]

Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Bach Concerto No. 1 in A minor and No. 2 in E
Vienna Philharmonic, Issay Dobrowen, 13 & 14 June 1934

Bach Nun Komm'der Heiden Heiland (arr. Huberman), Siegfried Schultze pf, 14 May 1935
Elgar La Capricieuse, Siegfried Schultze pf, 1930

Biddulph LAB 077-78 [1993]

The complete Brunswick recordings, 1921 - 1924

Chopin Nocturne in E flat (arr. Sarasate), 18 Oct 1921
Elgar La Capricieuse, 18 Oct 1921, 18 Oct 1921
Bach Air on the G string (arr. Wilhelmj), 30 Nov 1921
Tchaikovsky Melodie in E flat, 28 Jan 1922
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 (arr. Joachim), 28 Jan 1922
Bazzini La Ronde des Lutins, 28 Jan 1922
Wieniawski Mazurka in D "Dudziarz", 31 Jan 1922
Vieuxtemps Ballade and Polonaise, 10 Nov, 1922
Bruch Kol Nidre, 23 Nov, 1922
Zarzycki Mazurka in G, 23 Nov, 1922
Tchaikovsky Canzonetta, 1 Jan 1923
Paganini La Campanella, 11 Jan 1923
Wieniawski Capriccio Valse, 11 Jan 1923
Wieniawski Romance (mvt. II, Violin Concerto No. 2), 21 Feb 1923
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole (IV Andante, V Rondo ), 26 Feb 1923
Gluck Melodie (arr. Wilhelmj), 5 March 1923
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A (arr. Joachim), 5 March 1923
Sarasate Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1, 1924
Sarasate Jota Navarra, 1924
Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor (II Andante, III Allegro), 1924
Sarasate Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1, 1924
Sarasate Jota Navarra, 1924
Sarasate Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 (Bizet), 1925
Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, "Kreutzer", 1925

Biddulph LAB 081-082 [1993]

The complete 1900 Berliner records
Chopin Nocturne in E flat (arr. Sarasate), Berliner 1900
Schubert Moment Musical No. 3 (arr. Auer), Berliner 1900

The complete Columbia recordings with piano, 1929 - 1935

Siegfried Schultze piano
Sarasate Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1, 1929
Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (arr. Huberman), 1929
Bach Air on the G String (arr. Wilhelmj), 1929
Brahms Waltz in A flat (arr. Hochstein), 1929
Tchaikovsky Melodie in E flat, 1929
Zarzycki Mazurka in G, 1929

Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
Ignaz Friedman pf, 11-12 Sep, 1930

Siegfried Schultze piano
Schubert Ave Maria (arr. Wilhelmj), 1930
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, 1930
Elgar La Capricieuse, 1930
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor, 1932
Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (arr. Huberman), 1933
Bach Sarabande/Double (from Partita No. 1 in B minor), 26 June 1934
Bach Andante (from Sonata No. 2 in A minor), 26 June 1934
Schubert Moment musical No. 3 (arr. Auer), 5 Feb 1935
Chopin Nocturne in E flat (arr. Sarasate), 5 Feb 1935
Chopin Waltz in G flat (arr. Huberman), 5 Feb 1935
Bach Nun Komm'der Heiden Heiland (arr. Huberman), 14 May 1935

EMI 7 64855 2

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

EMI 7 63194 2 [1989]

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-20 June 1934

Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
Ignaz Friedman pf, 11 & 12 Sep 1930

PEARL GEMM 9332 [1988]

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 20 & 22 June 1934

Vieuxtemps Polonaise, Paul Frenkel pf, 1924
Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor (mvt. II & III), Siegfried Schultze pf, 1924
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, Siegfried Schultze pf, 1930

PEARL GEMM 9341 [1989]

Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Bach Concerto No. 1 in A minor and No. 2 in E
Vienna Philharmonic, Issay Dobrowen, 13 & 14 June 1934

Arlecchino 153-154

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Bach Concerto No. 1 in A minor and No. 2 in E
Vienna Philharmonic, Issay Dobrowen, 13 & 14 June 1934

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Vieuxtemps Polonaise, Paul Frenkel pf, 1924

Magic Talent

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-20 June 1934

The Classical Collector FDC 2003 [1990]

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 20 & 22 June 1934

Sarasate Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25, Siegfried Schultze pf, 1925
Sarasate Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22/1, Siegfried Schultze pf, 1929
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, Siegfried Schultze pf, 1930
Chopin Waltz in C sharp min. Op. 64/2, Siegfried Schultze pf, 1933

Naxos 8.110903 [1999]

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-20 June 1934

Preiser 90118 [1992]

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

APR 5506 [1996]

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Partita PC 9207-8

Bach Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, 6 Dec 1942

Wave MFCC 85921

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-20 June 1934

Dukport FCC 88601

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Seven Seas KICC 2189 [1991]

Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
New York Philharmonic, Arthur Rodzinski, 23 Jan 1944

Schubert Fantasia in C, Op. 159, D. 934
Boris Roubakine pf, New York, 16 Jan? 1944

Music and Arts 299 [1989]

Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218
Philharmonic Symph. Orch., Bruno Walter, New York, 16? Dec 1945

Tchaikovsky Concerto in D
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, New York, March 1946

Arbiter 138 [2003]

Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218
Philharmonic Symph. Orch., Bruno Walter, New York, 16? Dec 1945
[This recording is the same performance as on Music and Arts, though the booklet erroneously describes it as 26 May 1946 (the date of its broadcast)]

EMI Shinseido SGR-8240

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-20 June 1934

Bach Concerto No. 1 in A minor and No. 2 in E
Vienna Philharmonic, Issay Dobrowen, 13 & 14 June 1934

EMI Shinseido SGR-8241

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Bach Concerto No. 2 in E
Vienna Philharmonic, Issay Dobrowen, 13 & 14 June 1934

Bach Sarabande/Double (from Partita No. 1 in B minor), 26 June 1934
Bach Andante (from Sonata No. 2 in A minor), 26 June 1934

Music and Arts 1122

Brahms Concerto in D, Op. 77
New York Philharmonic, Arthur Rodzinski, 23 Jan 1944

Tchaikovsky Concerto in D
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, New York, March 1946

Arbiter 105 [1997]

Schubert Fantasia in C, Op. 159, D. 934
Boris Roubakine pf, New York, 16 Jan 1944

Brahms Sonata in G, Op. 78
Boris Roubakine pf, New York, 25 Apr 1943

Bach Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, 6 Dec 1942

Sarasate Romanza Andaluza, 1936
Unknown pianist: possibly Jakob Gimpel

Arbiter 115 [1998]

Beethoven Concerto in D, Op. 61 (Cadenzas: Joachim)
National Orchestral association, Leon Barzin, 17 Dec 1944

Bach Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland
Boris Roubakine pf, 18 Oct 1942

Smetana From my homeland, excerpt
Boris Roubakine pf, 18 Oct 1942

20th Century Maestros 204567-308

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

20th Century Maestros 204565-308

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Strings

Bach Concerto No. 2 in E
Vienna Philharmonic, Issay Dobrowen, 13 & 14 June 1934

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell, 18-22 June 1934

Tchaikovky Concerto in D, Op. 35
Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg, 28 & 30 Dec 1928

Top photo: New York, blah.
Newspaper: New York Times, 15 Nov 1896.