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  • Rodrigo - Concierto Andaluz / Marriner - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Rodrigo - Concierto Andaluz / Marriner - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rodrigo - Concierto Andaluz / Marriner - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    The frenetic applause with which both the public and the experts greeted the Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, composed in 1940, is certainly astounding - one would have thought that 20th-century music was dominated chiefly by composers of twelve-tone music and the avantguardists. Rodrigo, however, remained faithful to the Classical three-movement form, employed a late-Romantic orchestral colouring, and followed in the tradition of Spanish composers who, perhaps more than any others, won their inspiration from the folkmusic of their native country.



    The whole work is full of the exotic magic of Spanish folkmusic, whereby the rhythmic drive of the first movement - reminiscent of clicking castanets - is particularly fascinating. Fortunately not only the composer but also the conductor and orchestra have taken care that the gentle tones produced by the world famous guitarist Pepe Romero are clearly to be heard.



    In addition, the listener is treated to a performance of the rarely recorded Concierto Andaluz for four guitars, composed in 1967. Once again the Romeros demonstrate that they are not only amazingly virtuosic musicians but are also worthy dedicatees of this unique work.



    Last but not least, PHILIPS balance engineers have produced a superb recording: Rodrigo himself was absolutely delighted with it - and this opinion one can well endorse.




    Recording: July / August 1978 by Wilhelm Hellweg

    Production: Wilhelm Hellweg




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Concierto Andaluz - Pepe Romero and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
    Neville Marriner with Rodrigo
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Concierto De Aranjuez Concierto De Aranjuez Quick View

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    Concierto De Aranjuez

    Guitarist Angel Romero and the London Symphony Orchestra perform Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto Di Aranjuez as conducted by Andre Previn. Produced by the legendary Suvi Raj Grubb and engineered by Michael Gray at Abbey Roads No.1 Studio in March of 1977. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl.


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    1. Allegro con spirito
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro gentile
    4. Villano y ricecare (Adagietto Andante moderato)
    5. Espanoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Napoles (Adagio Allegro Adagio)
    6. Danza de las Hachas (Allegro con brio)
    7. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)
    Angel Romero & Joaquin Rodrigo
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sketches of Spain (On Sale) Sketches of Spain (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Sketches of Spain (On Sale)

    Ranked 356/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Davis Third and Final Pairing With Arranger Gil Evans Yields Watershed Innovations


    Sublime Sound: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Corrects the Dry Sound That Plagues Previous Editions


    Flamenco-Themed 1960 Set Develops Synergy Between Orchestrations and Melancholic Jazz Phrasings


    Urge by Davis to Develop Techniques Possessed by Forbearers Finds Him Expanding Palette, Spinning Webs of Lyrical Sound and Emotion


    Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, Four & More, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Miles Davis and Gil Evans bridged styles and collaborated on high-concept projects a total of three times during their celebrated career. For their final act, they created Sketches of Spain, a peak moment in each luminarys career and a transformative album that weds Spanish themes, lush orchestrations, romantic timbres, and Davis increasingly lyrical methods in a tender ceremony that continues to resonate more than five decades after its original release.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, the genre-defying 1960 classic has been given the ultimate white-gloves treatment. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this exquisite 180g LP significantly expands the soundstage that frames the orchestra and digs deep to eradicate a dryness that many critics have found as an anathema to its overall enjoyment. Here, at last, is the full-figured perspective long deserved by the woodwinds, strings, and percussion, all of which come alive with previously unheard definition and detail.


    Indeed, in its three-decade-plus history, Mobile Fidelity has never been prouder to have the honor of handling efforts as important as Davis key recordings. Its why the labels engineers have taken every available measure to insert listeners into the space occupied by Davis, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb, percussionist Elvin Jones, and the 18-piece orchestra. With both Evans and Davis attracted to the blues undercurrents permanently entrenched in the Spanish flamenco strains, listeners can finally wholly detect the myriad microdynamic tonalities, brooding ostinato devices, and minor pedal points that stamp the compositions with divine sensibility and goffered effect.


    Multi-note motifs, brief improvisational solos, fanfare sweeps, and contrapuntal exchanges inform the flamenco-spiced pieces, but so do unconventionally voiced instruments that come into full relief on this reissue. Davis Harmon-muted trumpet is abetted by an assortment of bassoons and French horns that create pleasing contrasts and sounds (pp, mf, ppp) that get to the heart of Sketches of Spain: splashes of color. Seldom, if ever, did Davis ever so expressively and liberally paint with color. And in Evans, he has a likewise-minded partner to help draw out variegated shades, adamantine layers, and striated distinctions.


    Whether its the somber mood piece of the standout Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), renowned forDavis flugelhorn performance, or the folktale-based Solea, Mobile Fidelitys enhanced Sketches of Spain transfixes with playing, ideas, and innovations that remain exclusive to this incomparable record.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
    2. Will O the Wisp
    3. The Pan Piper
    4. Saeta
    5. Solea
    Miles Davis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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