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At archiphon we have been collecting rare musical documents from private archives and other sources to make them available to collectors and the wider public. 

We focus on live and radio recordings of famous performing artists and bring back to the limelight lesser known but historically important musicians. As we are basically a non-profit label, archiphon is able to offer recordings in which the commercial “music industry” fails to take an interest. archiphon titles can be downloaded via

 
Qobuz.com (16bit/44,1kHz & 24bit/96kHz)
eclassical.com (16bit/44,1kHz & 24bit/96kHz)
prestoclassical.com (16bit/44,1kHz & 24bit/96kHz)
primephonic.com (16bit/44,1kHz & 24bit/96kHz)
spotify.com (streaming only)

"The best form of preservation is dissemination"

(Tim Brooks in: ARSC Journal, Vol. 36, 2005, p.186)

 
 
 
 

Core Repertoire


 Otto Klemperer
1885-1973

Otto Klemperer
Otto Klemperer ranks as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. His recorded legacy spans the period 1924-1971. For many years Klemperer’s reputation rested mainly on his post-war EMI studio recordings. But the concert hall was far more congenial to his probing musical mind and inspired his most powerful and authoritative interpretations.

Archiphon offers unique live performances from Klemperer’s entire career, wherever possible in the program order of the original concerts. Many rare items (especially from his Los Angeles and Budapest years) were sourced from private documents provided by Klemperer’s daughter Lotte.

The most comprehensive biographical film about Klemperer is "Otto Klemperer's Long Journey through his Time" by the Dutch filmmaker Philo Bregstein who also filmed Klemperer at rehearsals and (partly) at concert in September 1971. This happened to be the conductor's last concert. After decades both films will be published by the recently established Otto Klemperer Film Foundation (OKFF).

For more film material with and about Klemperer see a Complete List of Klemperer on Film.


 Carl Schuricht
1880-1967

Carl Schuricht

In the interwar period Carl Schuricht was one of Germany’s best-known conductors. As music director of the Wiesbaden Municipal Orchestra (1920-1944) he organized the first Mahler Festival in that country (1921) while his strong advocacy of contemporary music secured the orchestra’s international reputation.

After the war Schuricht concentrated on guest conducting and studio productions with various radio stations as he never again obtained directorshop over an orchestra of his own. This explains why there exist relatively few recordings by Schuricht.

In 1989, archiphon was the first to start publishing Schuricht recordings on CD with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (15 September 1957) and the Suisse Romande Orchestra. Today our catalog offers recordings of Schuricht’s core repertoire also with other orchestras especially with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.


Hermann Scherchen
1891-1966

Hermann Scherchen

Hermann Scherchen’s artistic credo was: “Make everything audible.” But Scherchen was also a man of extremes. Ponderously slow introductions led to surprisingly (for many: terrifyingly) quick tempi in a movement’s main part. As phrasing and sonority were also often highly individual, many passages in even such well-known works as Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” could sound as provocative “extravaganzas.”

Scherchen’s c. 300 recordings for the American Westminster label (1950-1965) remain highlights in the history of recording but only a few of them have been reissued on CD. The musical details as well as the original sound quality of these analog treasures have now been restored in archiphon’s “LP pure” series, newly created to “make everything audible” again.
  
Dinu Lipatti
1907-1950

Dinu Lipatti

Despite his short career during the 1940s and his early death in 1950 Dinu Lipatti is still regarded today as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Together with his EMI/Columbia studio recordings numerous radio recordings have survived.

archiphon has published a number of these unique recordings, including performances where Lipatti performs his own compositions. Some transfers were sourced from rare original 78 rpm acetate. Lipatti’s legendary 1950 performance of Chopin‘s First Piano Concerto is available in a newly-remastered Hi-Res edition
  





  

 

 
 
 
 

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