Select general out-of-print or rare LP recordings

There are a number of great recordings on LP (some transferred from 78 rpm) that never made it onto CD or stayed in that format only briefly. This includes performances whose passion, dedication, and sense of musical line are too infrequently found in today’s music-making. One wonders whether to be sad or angry (or both) at the performances’ unavailability. There follows a list of CDs I’ve made from LPs in our collection, a tiny unprofessional attempt at musical justice. They’re numbered with the letters SAOPR-- Schola Antiqua Out-of-Print Recordings. Please know that, as in the CDs listed earlier on this website, the price simply allows me to break even, no profit is made. The CDs may be ordered by e-mail at Usually the only tracks are those caused by the changing of LP sides, and usually there are no texts. Fifteen dollars for each CD (unless otherwise indicated), including postage; checks may be made out to Schola Antiqua and mailed to R. John Blackley, 407 Spring Valley Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450.


J. S. Bach Cantatas Conducted by Hermann Scherchen

The first five CDs are J. S. Bach cantatas conducted by Hermann Scherchen. Soloists variously include Magda Laszlo and Teresa Stich-Randall, sopranos; Hilde Roessel-Majdan and Maureen Forrester, altos; Petre Munteanu and Waldemar Kmentt, tenors; Richard Standen and Alfred Poell, bases. The Vienna Akademie Kammerchor is joined by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra or the Vienna Radio Orchestra. Wonderful, clear performances.

SAOPR-1. Cantata 76, Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes; Cantata 84, Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke.

SAOPR-2. Cantata 53, Schlage doch, gewünster Stunde; Cantata 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde; Cantata 170, Vergnügte Ruh’, beliebte Seelenlust; Cantata 106, “Actus Tragicus.”

SAOPR-3. Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme!; Cantata 198, “Trauer-Ode.”

SAOPR-4. Cantata 32, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen; Cantata 42, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats.

SAOPR-5. Cantata 35 Geist und Seele wird verwirret; Cantata 210, “Wedding Cantata.”


J. S. Bach Cantatas Originally Appearing on LP on the Cantate Label

The following CDs contain J. S. Bach cantatas that originally appeared on LP on the Cantate label. They are beautiful, honest performances, lovingly done.

SAOPR-6A. Cantata 95, Christus, der ist mein Leben, and Cantata 33, Allein zu der, Herr Jesu Christ, conducted by Hans Heintze; Cantata 171, Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm, conducted by Wolfgang Gönnenwein.

SAOPR-6B. Cantata 23, Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, and Cantata 159, Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, conducted by Kurt Thomas; Cantata 29, Wir danken Dir, Gott, wir danken Dir, and Cantata 135, Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, conducted by Wolfgang Gönnenwein.

SAOPR-6C. Cantata 100, Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, conducted by Heinz Wunderlich; Cantata 199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, beautifully sung by Adele Stolte and conducted by Hans Heintze; Cantata 189, Meine Seele rühmt und preist, conducted by Diethard Hellmann.

SAOPR-6D. Cantata 117, Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut, and Cantata 93, Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, conducted by Ludwig Doormann; Cantata 169, Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, conducted by Diethard Hellmann.

SAOPR-6E. Cantata 157, Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, conducted by Diethard Hellmann; Cantata 187, Es wartet alles auf dich, conducted by Ludwig Doormann; Cantata 34, O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, conducted by Diethard Hellmann.

SAOPR-6F. Cantata 110, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, and Cantata 17, Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich, conducted by Hans Thamm; Cantata 13, Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, conducted by Helmut Barbe.

SAOPR-6G. Cantata 127, Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott, conducted by Wolfgang Gönnenwein; Cantata 65, Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, and Cantata 46, Schauet doch und sehet, conducted by Helmut Kahlhöfer; Cantata 175, Er rufet seinen Schafen mit namen, conducted by Heinz Wunderlich.

SAOPR-6H. Cantata 166, Wo gehest du hin, conducted by Helmut Barbe; Cantata 76, Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, conducted by Wilhelm Ehmann; Cantata 118, O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht, conducted by Bernard Henking. (The latter work is not a cantata, but a motet; and it was not a part of the Cantate label series of recordings, but came out on Concert Hall F-12. The recording shows its age, but the intense line of the music is perfectly captured in the performance. It is included here because I could not help myself!)

SAOPR-7. Bach: Cantata 7, Christ unser Herr, zum Jordan kam; Cantata 44, Sie werden euch in den Bann tun; Cantata 101, Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott. The Cantata Singers, John Harbison, conductor. Solid and perfect.

SAOPR-8 (2 CDs). Bach: Mass in B-Minor. Soloists: Charlotte Lehmann, Sabine Kirchner, Raimund Gilvan, and Edmund Illerhaus; Heidelberger Kammerorchester and Tübinger Kantatenchor; Hermann Achenbach, conductor. Recorded in the Stephanuskirche Tübingen, January 30/31 & February 1/2, 1969. This is a very special performance, manfesting what might be called a deeply feminine spirit.

SAOPR-9 (2 CDs). Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo. Julian Olevsky. The Chaconne could be described as vicious.

SAOPR-10. Beethoven Mass in C, op. 86. Gisela Rathauscher, Elfriede Hofstaetter, Alfred Planyavsky, and Walter Berry, soloists; Akademie Kammerchor, Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Rudolf Moralt, conductor. There are a few short-lived LP clicks in the first half of the Credo, and the sound is somewhat dim until one gets used to it, but the performance is the noblest of this work that I’ve ever heard.

SAOPR-11. Pier Francesco Cavalli: Messa Concertata. Anna-Maria Vallin, soprano; Wanda Madonna, alto; Georgio Tadeo, bass; Coro di Milano (Guilio Bertola); Orchestre de l’Angelicum de Milan; Umberto Cattini, conductor. A great performance of a wonderful work.

SAOPR-12. Cherubini: Requiem in C-Minor. Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecila, Rome; Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor. Giulini molds the choral dynamics with an inevitable drive.

SAOPR-13. Alfred Deller: François Couperin: Trois Leçons des Ténèbres. With Wilfred Brown, tenor; Desmond Dupré, viola da gamba; Harry Gabb, organ. J. S. Bach: Cantata 170, Vergnügte Ruh’ and the Agnus dei from the Mass in B-Minor. With the Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble. This is Deller’s first recording of the Couperin.

SAOPR-14. Hugo Distler: Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, op. 10 (1933). Wolfgang Kramp, Brigitte Schardt, R. Krokisius, Ingeborg Hardorp, Johannes Hardorp, Karl-Heinz Simon; North German Choral Society; Gottfried Wolters, conductor. Cembalokonzert, op. 14 (1935/36) Huguette Dreyfus, cembalo; Deutsche Bachsolisten; Martin Stephani, conductor. The Weihnachtsgeschichte is sublime, the Cembalokonzert is frightening.

SAOPR-15. Felix Draeseke. Requiem in B-Minor, op. 22 (1881). Jeannette Zarou, Ulla Tocha, Karal Markus, Phillip Langshaw; Collegium Instrumentale Köln; Udo-R. Foller, conductor.

SAOPR-16 (3 CDs). Handel: The Messiah. Margaret Ritchie, Constance Shacklock, William Herbert, Richard Standen soloists; the London Philharmonic Choir and London Symphony; Hermann Scherchen, conductor. This is the earlier and greater of the two Scherchen recordings. Fully tracked. $40, including shipping.

SAOPR-17 (3 CDs). Handel: Concerti Grossi, op. 6. Otto Büchner and Franz Berger, violins; Hans Melzer, cello; Karl Richter, harpsichord; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Lehmann, conductor. Loving interpretations, similar to Lehmann’s Bach cantata recordings (see earlier in the website). Handel: Royal Fireworks Music, Berlin Philharmonic, Fritz Lehmann, conductor. The end of the opening section fairly crackles with excitement.

SAOPR-18. Franz Joseph Haydn: Die Sieben Worte des Erlösers am Kreuz. Hilde Gueden, Clara Oschlager, Julius Patzak, Hans Braun. The Salzburg Dome Choir and The Mozarteum Orchestra. Josef Messner, conductor. Gueden and Patzak are wonderful.

SAOPR-19. Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, op. 48. Two performances: 1st (1939). Les Chanteurs de Lyon and Le Trigintour Instrumental Lyonnais; Suzanne Dupont, soprano; M. Didier, bass; Edouard Commette, organ. E. Bourmauck, conductor. 2nd (live performance at Notre-Dame de Paris, May 18, 1967; incomplete). Les Chanteurs de Saint-Eustache and L’Orchestre lyrique de l’Office de Radiodiffusion-Television; Danielle Charpentier, soprano; Mario Haniotis, bass; Christiane de Lisle, organ. R. P. Émile Martin, conductor. When I want to hear this beautiful work, these are the impassioned performances I listen to.

SAOPR-20. Paul Hindemith directs the Yale University Collegium Musicum, works by Perotin, Dufay, Palestrina, di Lasso, Handl, G. Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Weelkes, Gesualdo, and J. S. Bach. Recorded in 1951 and 1953. The Perotin organum Alleluia/Nativitas gloriosæ is glacial, timeless.

SAOPR-21. Guillaume de Machaut: La messe de nostre dame. Elisabeth Verlooy, soprano; Jeanne Deroubaix, alto; René Letroye and Franz Mertens, tenors; Willy Pourtois, bass; Silva Devos, recorders; Janine Rubinlicht, treble-fiddle; Gaston Dôme and André Douvere, tenor- fiddles; Michel Podolski, lute. Sanford Cape, director. For me, this is the sublime performance of one of the dozen or so greatest works ever composed. The CD is fully tracked; $10, including postage.

SAOPR-22. Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’amen. Yvonne Loriod, 1st piano and Olivier Messiaen, 2nd piano. This is a copy of LP Dial 8, with the CD fully tracked; the cover is taken from that of the original, and the famous Dial label is reproduced on the CD itself.

SAOPR-23 (2 CDs). Olivier Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant jésus. Yvonne Loriod, piano; artistic direction: Messiaen. The cover is taken from the original Westminster LPs.

SAOPR-24. Monteverdi: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Edgar Fleet, tenor; Ann Dowdall, soprano; John Frost, bass; Accademia Monteverdiana. Denis Stevens, director. Recorded February 26, 1961. In memoriam Edgar Fleet, d. April 1999. $10, including postage.

SAOPR-25. Monteverdi: Missa “In illo tempore” and the Magnificat from Vespers of the Virgin, 1610. Thérèse Haim and Armande Olivier, sopranos; Raymond Bonté, countertenor; André Meurrant, tenor; Choir of Sainte Eustache, Paris. Émile Martin, conductor. Also: Lou Harrison: Mass. New York Concert Choir and Orchestra. Margaret Hillis, conductor.

SAOPR-26 (2 CDs). Monteverdi: L’Orfeo. Helmut Krebs, Hanni Mack-Cosack, Margot Guilleaume, Jeanne Deroubaix, Hildegard Wild, Bernhard Michaelis, Fritz Wunderlich, Peter Offermanns, Clemens Kaiser-Breme; Choir of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Hamburg and the Orchestra of the “Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzaker 1955.” August Wenzinger, conductor.

SAOPR-27. Mozart: String Quintet in G-Minor, K. 516. Griller String Quartet with Max Gilbert, viola. Also: Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings, op. 47. New York Quartet: Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Alexander Schneider, Milton Katims, Frank Miller.

SAOPR-28. Max Reger: Choralkantaten O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden and Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht; Geistliche Lieder, op. 137, O Herre Gott, nimm du von mir, Dein Wille, Herr, geschehe, and O Ursprung aller Brunnen. Chor der Evangelisches Kirchenmusikshule Schlüchtern and instrumentalists directed by Werner Bieske. And Drei Motetten, op. 110: Mein Odem ist schwach, Ach, herr, strafe mich nicht, and O Tod, wie bitter bist du. N. C. R. V. Vocaal Ensemble, Hilversum, directed by Marinus Voorberg.

SAOPR-29. Eric Satie: Socrate. Anne Laloë, soprano; chamber orchestra under the direction of Henri Sauguet. Laloë’s singing is a recitation, and this is a dry-ice performance, perhaps the greatest recording of this 20th-century masterpiece. The LP is extremely rare.

SAOPR-30 (2 CDs). Schönberg: Moses und Aron. Hans Herbert Fiedler, Helmut Krebs, Ilona Steingruber-Wildgans, Ursula Zollenkops, Helmut Kretschmar, Horst Günter, Hermann Rieth, Dorothea Förster-Georgi, Carla Maria Pfeffer-Düring, Anna Marie Tamm, Charlotte Bettke. Maria Hüger, Ursula Zollenkops, Hartwig Stuckmann, Horst Sellenpin, Ernst-Max Lühr. Chorus of the Hamburg Academy of Music. Orchestra & Chorus of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Hans Rosbaud, conductor.

SAOPR-31. Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien and three motets: Selig sind die Toten, Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, and Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock. The Cantata Singers, John Harbison, director.

SAOPR-32. Josep Soler: Passio Jesu-Christi and two motets with texts by Rainer Maria Rilke: Consolació de Maria amb el Ressuscitat and Pieta. M. Carme Bustamante, soprano; Francesc Chico, baritone; Montserrat Torrent, organ; M. Lluïsa Cortada, clavichord; Josep Trotta, cello; Josep Catasús, viola. Antoni Ros-Marbà, director. And Requiem for Solo Percussion, Orchestra, and Double Chorus. Siegfried Fink, percussion. State-Theater Orchestra of Kassel. James Lockhard, director. (Recorded September 9, 1977.) The Passio is an extraordinarily intense, pure work; the (non-liturgical) Requiem ends quietly but breathtakingly with Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Popule meus.

SAOPR-33. Mikis Theodorakis: March of the Spirit (text by Angelos Sikelianos). Maria Farantouri, Antonis Kaloyannis, and John Theocharris. London Symphony Orchestra. Mikis Theodorakis, conductor. (Live performance, July 28, 1970, Royal Albert Hall.) And: the final two poems from 18 Small Poems of Yannis Ritsos, with Theodorakis as soloist. It is unthinkable that the March of the Spirit has been out-of-print for nearly thirty years!

SAOPR-34. Anton Webern: Dial LPs 7 & 17: Symphony, op. 21; Paris Chamber Orchestra conducted by René Leibowitz. Five Movements for String Quartet, op. 5, and Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, opus 9; Pro Arte Quartet: Rudolph Kolisch, Albert Rahier, Bernard Milofsky, Ernst Friedlander. Concerto for Nine Instruments, op. 24; Fraincis Chaplin, Frank Scocozza, Martin Orenstein, Earl Thomas, Henry Schumann, Jack Urban, Edward Erwin, Pinson Bobo, Jacques Louis Monod, directed by René Leibowitz. Variations for Piano, op.27; Jacques Louis Monod. Four Songs, op. 12; Bethany Beardslee, soprano; Jacques Louis Monod, piano. Quartet for Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, op. 22. C. Clyde Williams, Earl Thomas, Francis Chaplin, Jacques Louis Monod. Directed by René Leibowitz. This is a complete copy of both Dial LPs, with the CD fully tracked; the cover copies the original and the famous Dial label is reproduced on the CD itself. Texts for opus 12. These are my favorite Webern recordings, because it was fully understood by all the performers that Webern was, before all else, a Romantic.

SAOPR-35. From Les Concerts du Domaine Musical, 1957. Anton Webern: Symphony, op. 21. Two Songs, op. 8. Four Songs, op. 13. Cantatas I and Cantata II. Ilona Steingruber, Xavier Depraz. Pierre Boulez, conductor. And Igor Stravinsky: Choral-Variations on J. S. Bach. Canticum sacrum. Jean Giraudeau, Xavier Depraz. Robert Craft, conductor.