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DH 7811

Peter Warlock - Collected 78rpm Recordings
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Divine Art founder Stephen Sutton has from the age of 14 been a collector of vintage recordings, though the "78" was obsolete well before then. The passion began with his parents' small collection and, in 1968, with a gift of two edited highlights sets of Gilbert & Sullivan. The collection has now grown to over 12,000 discs. A long held ambition, once digital sound restoration software became affordable, was to start a series of historic recording re-issues, and by pure coincidence, in early 2005, Stephen was contacted by Andrew Rose, an ex-BBC engineer who had relocated to France and was setting up his company Pristine Audio, with the aim of providing the best possible audio restorations . Andrew was looking for a home for some existing projects and so the Divine Art "historic Sound" label was born.

Two years later there have only been 9 releases - partly because of the enormous demands which running their respective companies have placed on Andrew and Stephen, but also because this label also shares the Divine Art ethos: to produce recordings which are not only of the highest possible quality but also of rare or unusual repertoire. Simply releasing multitudes of CDs with recordings already familiar is not an option, though this may occur when our restoration is of such a quality that it far surpasses previous offerings. We believe this will happen with the introduction of Pristine Audio's revolutionary new "XR" technique.

Praise from critics and customers has flowed in for every CD. The issue of the 1930 "Elijah" saw an award for "Best Choral CD of 2005" from Classic Record Collector Magazine and in 2006 the CD of Coates and Moeran Violin Concertos was a runner-up in the Concerto category.

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DH 7801
Symphonies Nos 5 & 6/ Tapiola

“I cannot recommend this CD too highly. Few accounts of the fifth symphony are more dramatic…" ...

DH 7803
Piano Trios Nos 3, 5 & 11

“The new “historic” label Divine Art places us in its debt with a generally excellent reissue&rdquo...

DH 7802
Mendelssohn's Elijah - 1930 recording

“Although seventy-five years old, these mono recordings have been digitally remastered to reveal a thrilling&nb...

DH 7804
The Art of Fugue by Bach, arranged for string quartet by Roy Harris

“I have enjoyed this version, mainly for the committed string playing… Decent sound and excellent presen...

DH 7805
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (in English)

“Now, miraculously, like a picture cleaned, Divine Art has put us in its debt by refurbishing [this set] in sou...

DH 7806
Modern romantic British violin concertos

“The performance [of the Moeran] is really quite special. What a wonderful player Campoli was when he was at hi...

DH 7807
Orchestral and chamber music

“ *** (outstanding)”

DH 7808
Collected 78 rpm recordings of music

“...the Trio is superb and in itself worth the price of the disc.. here is a real find”