Benny Goodman and his orchestra, 1936-1947 78rpm shellac rip


The Goodman Orchestra at the height of its fame – dance melodies that do not claim to be sophisticated or refind. Vocals by Helen Foster, Peggy Lee and Martha Tilton.

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Coleman Hawkins – 1940th 78rpm shellac rip


Hawkins plays and sounds very good. The lovely LO-FI disks of the 1940s are mostly worn out, especially "Mop Mop" with Art Tatum's chic solo.

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Violin Electric recordings, 78rpm shellac rip

Young Menuhin and Oystrakh are inimitable, Oystrakh has a unique interpretation of Scriabin. Kreisler is amazingly good at showing the despair of the second part of Brahms's concerto, Tchaikovsky of 1946 Przygoda is as expressive as it could be. Oistrakh-Yampolsky-Oborin’s 1950s recording quality are no longer as beautiful as prewar ones, but Oistrakh's violin still sings excellent, especially in the "Reflection". Goldstein is an example of a great Soviet recording of the 1930s, unfortunately the record has some cracks.

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Violin acoustic recordings, 78rpm shellac rip

The great violinists of the early 20th century: melancholic Vasa Prihoda, refined Misha Elman, Jan Kubelik – the great phrasing master, the effortless-bow of Erika Morini and the pedantic style of Eugen Ysaye. Together with Kubelik sings unforgettable Nellie Melba.

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Jascha Heifetz acoustic recordings, 1917-1920 78rpm shellac rip

Little Yasha Heifetz was able not only to show off at unattainable for others tempo, but had a quite sofisticated taste and sounded beautifully. It is well audible on Ave Maria and Spanish dance. Common remasterings are often dull this moments but here you can feel it as good as it should be.

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Brahms Violin Concerto – Joseph Szigeti, Hamilton Harty – 1928 78rpm shellac rip


For every lover of violin music it is impossible to avoid this album, Brahms – Szigeti's concerto blossoms with unusual colors. Record is not immediately discloses its pros, but the violin sounds quite well from the very beginning. The first side has some cracks.

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Brahms Double Concerto – Thibaud, Casals, Cortot – 1929 78rpm shellac rip


This record made strong impression in analogue but after digitization the orchestra suffered greatly – the dynamics were smoothed, the clear tone weakened. The soloists on the first side recorded too quietly, starting from the second side the balance had been corrected. Something wrong happened with Victor's equipment on the last side: strange HF resonance appeared and the violin began to sound with distortions. Despite all this, what genuine emotions are audible in the record, how open and emotionally clean Thibault's violin sounds!

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Mozart violin concerto #3 – Yehudi Menuhin, Georges Enesco – 1935 78 rpm shellac rip


Menuhin plays very beautifully, his pre-war records belong to the gold fund of violin music. In the recording we hear the typical, somewhat covered and colorated sound of Victor, the set is prefabricated: the first part is a reissue of the 1940s, the second and third parts – the Japanese first press of the 1930s. The losses of The Victor reissue are not as great as they were in Columbia and Decca, although in analog the quality deterioration was obvious, after the digitizing it almost fades.

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J.S.Bach – Brandenburg Concertos, Busch Chamber Players – 1935 78rpm shellac rip


Re-released in the late 1940s with losses and superficial noises, Columbia had a series of such reissues albums, such as Chopin Godovsky's Nockturne and Bach Szigeti's solo partitas – both frank spoilage. But even in this form it is clear that the interpretation of bush's concerts is one of the best, and maybe the best – impressive delicate brass, not breaking into a cry and not lost in chorus, precise rhythm and good overall impression. The orchestra plays as a single organism, conducting above all praise.

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Frank Sinatra, 1940th 78rpm shellac rip

The plates are quite worn out by the housewives of post-war America, but they bring the timbre and intonation of Sinatra like no other source. The atmosphere of those years is conveyed perfectly.

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