Oratorio Chorus – George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah chorus – Messiah”

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Here is a fantastic early recording of the Hallelujah chorus, from Handel's Messiah. Originally released on Edison Diamond Disc, (a format which pre-dated even the 78 RMP record!) this remarkable performance by a virtuoso oratorio chorus from 1916 is now available for us to enjoy as an mp3. George Frideric Handel could scarcely have known when he composed this masterpiece in 1741, that it would ever be recorded in any audio format - after all, they didn't even have electricity yet! I expect he ... [Listen and Learn More]

London Philharmonic Orchestra – “Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major”

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Here is a stellar performance of Beethoven's Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major, Op. 73 ("Emperor"), by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Szell, featuring Benno Moiseivitch on piano. The audio quality is superb, especially when you consider this was recorded in 1938 and only much later transferred to a digital medium. Here are all three movements, in two high resolution mp3s. Magnificent. I. Allegro II. Adagio, III. Rondo ... [Listen and Learn More]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

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It was the holiday season, December 17, to be exact, in 1936, when this magnificent performance of Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" was recorded by The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the inspired leadership of the great German conductor Bruno Walter, each movement of the masterpiece comes to life and crackles with joyful energy. Kudos to F. Reeder for the outstanding audio transfer to digital from the original Victor 78 RPM record. Here are all four movements, as breathtaking and ... [Listen and Learn More]