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  • Balalaika Favorites Balalaika Favorites Quick View

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    Balalaika Favorites

    Newly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, Decca are proud to present an iconic Mercury Living Presence album
    from the analogue era back on vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal GmbH, each release
    has been carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios. \


    This LP includes favorite Balalaika pieces with the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra conducted by Vitaly Gnutov.

    1. Fantasy On Two Folk Songs
    2. At Sunrise
    3. The Linden Tree
    4. Kamarinskaya
    5. Fantasy On Volga Melodies
    6. On The Moonlight
    7. Midnight In Moscow
    8. Under The Apple Tree
    9. Dance Of The Comedians
    10. The Living Room
    11. Evening Bells
    12. My Dear Old Friend, Please Visit Me
    13. Waltz Of The Faun
    14. Flight Of The Bumble Bee
    Vitaly Gnutov / Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Balalaika Favorites (Speakers Corner)

    The balalaika is not a difficult instrument to describe: it has a triangular body, three strings and a fretted neck. It is far more difficult to describe the inherent values of this national instrument, of which there is a whole family with sizes ranging from the piccolo and alto to the bass and double bass. Accordingly a wide variety of timbral colouring can be achieved, which - together with a broad repertoire - is exploited to the full by a traditional ensemble such as the Osipov Orchestra.



    With their performances of arrangements of well-known, romantic Russian pieces, popular adaptations and waltzes, this professional orchestra gives us an insight into the spirited and highly entertaining world of a living musical culture. No different from a classical orchestra, the arrangements are rich in soloistic interludes. Alongside the domra, an instrument with three or four strings, we hear a xylophone, ancient wind instruments and the sonorous, rippling bajan (button accordion). This recording goes back to the roots of Russian music and rightly occupies an important position in our Russian Edition.



    Recording: June 1962 in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia,

    by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart



    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.

    Vitaly Gnutov
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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