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  • Beethoven (Live) (Pre-Order) Beethoven (Live) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Beethoven (Live) (Pre-Order)

    Evgeny Kissin Releases Beethoven Album To Launch New Exclusive Collaboration With Deutsche Grammophon After 25 Years


    Evgeny Kissin skyrocketed to international fame as a piano sensation in the 1980s.


    He entranced international audiences with captivating interpretations of Romantic masterworks during his teens, and has since flourished as one of the world's most charismatic and visionary performers. Today he is a living legend, one of the most iconic names and magnetic personalities in all of music..


    Kissin's discography so far contains landmark recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, critically acclaimed collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado among them.


    Selected by the artist himself, this luxurious Beethoven double album represents Kissin's personal journey with the composer's solo work over the last decade and includes some of Beethoven's greatest and best-loved solo piano works such as the Moonlight Sonata or the Appassionata - most of them never released before.


    This album is a first in a series of releases renewing the relationship between Kissin and Deutsche Grammophon.

    LP 1
    1. Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3
    2. Allegro Con Brio (Original Version)
    3. Adagio (Original Version)
    4. Scherzo Allegro (Original Version)
    5. Allegro Assai (Original Version)
    6. 32 Piano Variations In C Minor On An Original Theme, Woo 80 (Live At Le Corum, Montpellier / 2007)


    LP 2
    1. Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -'Moonlight'
    2. Adagio Sostenuto (Original Version)
    3. Allegretto (Original Version)
    4. Presto Agitato (Original Version)
    5. 1. Allegro Assai (Original Version)
    6. Andante Con Moto (Original Version)
    7. Allegro Ma Non Troppo (Original Version)


    LP 3
    1. 1. Das Lebewohl Adagio - Allegro (Original Version)
    2. Abwesenheit Andante Espressivo (Original Version)
    3. Das Wiedersehen Vivacissimamente (Original Version)
    4. 1. Maestoso - Allegro Con Brio Ed Appassionato (Original Version)
    5. Arietta Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile (Original Version)

    Evgeny Kissin
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  • Beethoven - Sonatas Nos 8 & 10 Beethoven - Sonatas Nos 8 & 10 Quick View

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    Beethoven - Sonatas Nos 8 & 10

    2,000 Only Limited Edition


    Mastered by Kevin Gray & Robert Pincus


    Pressed at RTI!


    For many classical music lovers, Beethoven's eighth
    violin sonata lives in the long, fiery shadow of the ninth, better known as the "Kreutzer". This is easy to understand, as the Kreutzer is a prime example of the stormy side of Beethoven - the one many listeners see as his most exciting and revealing trait. However, just as his eighth symphony is the kinder, gentler companion to his towering, formidable ninth, the eighth violin sonata, shorter
    and less aggressive than the ninth, shows a more lyrical side of Beethoven.


    For this release, RCA coupled the eighth sonata with the tenth, also in G Major. One of the loveliest of Beethoven's compositions for violin, the mood of the
    tenth sonata is the perfect complement to the eighth.


    Although RCA would often place Heifetz alongside great pianists like Rubinstein, it was with Emanuel Bay that he found the greatest chemistry. This new Impex LP is the long-overdue 180-gram debut of the famous Heifetz/Bay team. The two sonatas were recorded on October 16 and 17, 1952 using a single microphone. These monaural masterpieces come closer to capturing the true Heifetz tone than many concerto recordings of the stereo era and Impex's all-analog production, featuring mastering by Kevin "Dr. Groove" Gray & Robert "Mr. Record" Pincus and pressing at Record Technology Inc., preserves
    the incredible dynamic range of this historic session, without the unnatural EQ of the original
    LP. Strictly limited to 2,000 pressings, this will surely become the next great collectable reissue
    from Impex Records.

    1. Sonata No. 8 in G Major
    2. Sonata No. 10 in G Major
    Heifetz
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  • Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata (Speakers Corner)

    If one is to believe the comments of renowned contemporaries, the premiere of Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata in a Viennese concert hall must have been a highly risky venture. The ink was still wet on the manuscript when the English violin virtuoso George Bridgetower received his part only a few hours before the performance, and Beethoven partially improvised the piano part using a half-completed manuscript - a good 30 minutes long! As a contrast, Zino Francescatti and Robert Casadeus have prepared themselves well for a well-founded, detailed and exciting rendering of this grand and complex chamber work. The slow introduction unfolds with anticipatory tension in the powerful key of A major, and then the violin enters into a fiery yet elegant dialogue with the evenly matched piano, all testifying to the absolute mastery of this exceptional duo. In the slow movement, the musical notions - carefully thought through yet not brooding - flow with intensity and melodic beauty. With joyous exuberance the two musicians present the final interplay, which alternates between melodic exaltation and sudden outbursts. This superb performance of one of the great showpieces of musical literature has certainly earned a hearty applause.

    Musicians:



    • Zino Francescatti (violin)
    • Robert Casadesus (piano)



    Recording: Spring 1958 in Paris



    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.

    Sonata No. 9 In A Major For Violin And Piano, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)
    Adagio Sostenuto: Presto: Adagio
    Andante Con Variazioni: Vars. I, II, III, IV
    Finale (Presto)


    Sonata No. 1 In D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
    Allegro Con Brio
    Tema Con Variazioni (Andante Con Moto)
    Rondo (Allegro)

    Ludwig Van Beethoven
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  • Cello Concertos Cello Concertos Quick View

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    Cello Concertos

    The greatest cellist of modern time -- well, who could argue with a statement like that? After all, Mstislav Rostropovich is a supreme virtuoso, a charismatic performer, and a sublime interpreter and virtually every one of his recordings is as good as it gets for the repertoire. The key word, of course, is virtually: while Rostropovich's Dvorák concerto with Karajan, his Beethoven sonatas with Richter, his Brahms sonatas with Serkin, and above all his Shostakovich sonata with Shostakovich are definitive, can one say the same of his Boccherini, Vivaldi, and Tartini concertos with Paul Sacher? Or could one say that Rostropovich does not so much play the music of the great Italian Baroque composers as overwhelm it, that his virtuosity, his charisma, and his interpretations are more than the music can bear and that the listener is left not with fond memories of the music but instead with the overpowering impression of an unstoppable musical personality having his way with the music. The results are initially awe-inspiring but may ultimately prove to some to be empty. Accompanied -- the more appropriate word might be enabled -- by Sacher and the Collegium Musicum ZÜrich, the greatest cellist of modern times came, saw, and conquered the finest cello concertos of Baroque times. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to the listener.

    - All Music Guide


    Musicians:

    Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

    Side 1:
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Concerto for Violoncello and Strings No. 2 in D major
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro


    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Continuo in C major (P. 31)
    4. Allego
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro


    Side 2:
    Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
    Concerto for Violoncello and Strings in A major
    1. Allegro
    2. Larghetto
    3. Allegro assai


    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Continuo in G Major (P. 120)
    4. Allegro
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro

    Antonio Vivaldi
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  • Schubert & Beethoven Schubert & Beethoven Quick View

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    Schubert & Beethoven

    Regarded as one of the world's leading pianists, Grigory Sokolov plays late masterworks by Schubert, including the much-loved Impromptus in A-flat and G-flat Major, and Beethoven's longest piano sonata, Piano Sonata No. 29 (Hammerklavier), finishing with six impeccable encores by Rameau and Brahms. This recording is culled from well-received concerts in Warsaw and Salzburg.
    1. Schubert - 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.1 In C Minor (Allegro molto moderato)

    2. Schubert - 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.2 In E Flat Major (Allegro) 5:46

    3. Schubert - 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.3 In G Flat Major (Andante) 5:25

    4. Schubert - 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.4 In A Flat Major (Allegretto)

    5. Schubert - 3 KlavierstÜcke, D.946 - No.1 In E Flat Minor (Allegro assai)

    6. Schubert - 3 KlavierstÜcke, D.946 - No.2 In E Flat (Allegretto)

    7. Schubert - 3 KlavierstÜcke, D.946 - No.3 In C (Allegro)

    8. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 -Hammerklavier- Allegro

    9. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 -Hammerklavier- Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)

    10. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 -Hammerklavier- Adagio sostenuto

    11. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 -Hammerklavier- Largo - Allegro risoluto

    12. Rameau - Premier livre de pieces de clavecin Suite In D Minor-Major - Les tendres plaintes

    13. Rameau - Premier livre de pieces de clavecin Suite In D Minor-Major - Les tourbillons

    14. Rameau - Premier livre de pieces de clavecin Suite In D Minor-Major - Les cyclopes

    15. Rameau - Premier livre de pieces de clavecin Suite In D Minor-Major - La follette

    16. Rameau - Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin Suite In G Major - Les sauvages

    17. Brahms - Intermezzi, Op.117 - In B Flat Minor
    Grigory Sokolov
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  • Piano Recital (On Sale) Piano Recital (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Piano Recital (On Sale)

    The Finish pianist Paavali Jumppanen is well known as an interesting and versatile artist for his interpretations of both works for piano solo and chamber music. His repertoire ranges from classical compositions for piano up to the avant-garde. In recent years he has performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in several concert cycles.
    Paavali Jumpannen chose the repertoire for his first Direct-to-Disc recording with several aspects in mind: »I wanted to include those compositions for which I feel a special affinity in this new and exciting project. At the same time, I wished to put together a programme which would revive memories of the 'Golden Age' of the gramophone record.


    Recording: January 2012 at Meistersaal, Emil Berliner Studio, Berlin, by Stephan Flock and Maarten de Boer

    Production: Rainer Maillard & Stephan Flock


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Jean Sibelius: Impromptu in B minor, op. 5 No.5
    Richard Wagner: Isoldens Liebestod (transcr. Franz Liszt)
    Ludwig v. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109 - Paavali Jumppanen
    Paavali Jumppanen
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  • Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner)

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 30 in E major op. 109, No. 31 in A-flat major op. 110, No. 32 in C minor op. 111


    Myths abound when it comes to the late works of important composers. It is debatable as to whether this is due to their timelessness, or their often extensive form, which makes great demands on the listener, or simply the supreme skill with regard to the composer's own musical language, which is demonstrated in mature works. It is commonly understood that a performer of late works should treat them with due respect and possess an exceptional command of his instrument. But not so with Glenn Gould, who at the tender age of 23, shortly after his recording debut for the Columbia label of Bach's Goldberg Variations, dared to perform Beethoven's last three Piano Sonatas.


    Gould, as always analytical, yet supremely flowing, carves out the tightly-knit contrapuntal structure of the fast movements. The slow movements are finely perceived though free of contemplative sentiment and waft gently through the air, here somewhat drily dabbed at, then again singing and full of round, melodious piano sound. Bar for bar it is noticeable that the young Gould knows exactly what he is doing and with whom he is dealing. Here in the hands of this young maestro Beethoven's spirit is certainly compelling and intoxicating.

    Musicians:



    • Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)

    • Glenn Gould (piano)




    Recording: June 1956 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, by Fred Plaut in mono

    Production: Howard H. Scott




    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.


    1. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Vivace, Ma Non Troppo, Sempre Legato
    2. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Prestissimo
    3. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Andante Molto Cantabile Ed Espressivo; Variations I-VI
    4. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo
    5. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Allegro Molto
    6. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Adagio No Non Troppo (Beginning)
    7. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Fuga (Conclusion)
    8. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 - Maestoso; Allegro Con Brio Ed Appassionato
    9. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 - Arietta (Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile)
    Glenn Gould
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  • Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano and Cello (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano and Cello (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano and Cello (Speakers Corner)

    Possessing a complete recording of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas gives far more satisfaction than merely having the set to fill the shelves. On the one hand it offers one the opportunity to compare Beethoven's art of composition at various stages in his life. And on the other hand one can already recognise in the early Opus 5 how he breaks with the traditional sonata in which the solo instrument merely provides an accompaniment and treats the two instruments as equal partners in the creation of the movements.



    Richter and Rostropovich devote themselves to their task with verve and freshness. The two early works are marked by the rich and full sound of the cello and an elegantly performed piano part, while the two Russian musicians foster a contemplative, introverted style in the A major Sonata. This respectful approach also lends itself well to the C major Sonata where the free, fantasia-like character with wide-ranging shading is shown off to advantage. Beethoven's break with the traditional sonata-form layout is carried to extremes in the D major Sonata, where the cello ignores the powerful theme on the piano in the first movement. The work's brittleness is effectively revealed by the two musicians in the transition from the sensitive Adagio to the austere, freely worked final Fugato, while their resolute and analytical approach to the work and technical prowess on their instruments is highly rewarding.



    Musicians:



    • Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

    • Sviatoslav Richter (piano)



    Recording: June 1962 at RosenhÜgel Studios, Vienna, and July 1961 at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, by C.R. Fine

    Production: Harold Lawrence



    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.


    1. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 in F, Op. 5 No. 1

    2. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No.2
    3. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 3 in A, op. 69
    4. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 4 in C, op. 102 No. 1
    5. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 5 in D, op. 102 No. 2
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
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  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 & 31 Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 & 31 Quick View

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    Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 & 31

    Audiophile 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl Cut at Emil Berliner Studio


    Pressed at Pallas in Germany


    Mastered from the Original Masters of Universal Music


    Pianist Emil Gilels performs Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos. 30 & 31 on audiophile 180g vinyl.


    Features:

    Audiophile 180g Virgin Vinyl

    Cut at Emil Berliner Studio

    Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany

    From the Original Masters of Universal Music

    Audiophile Lacquer Discs Cut by the Expert Maarten de Boer


    Musicians:

    Emil Gilels, piano


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Side A:
    Piano Sonata No. 30, E-Dur Op. 109
    1. Vivace Ma Non Troppo - Adagio Espressivo - Tempo 1
    2. Prestissimo
    3. Gesangvoll, Mit Innigster Empfindung (Andante Molto Cantabile Ed Espresivo) & Variazioni
    Side B:
    Piano Sonata No. 31, AS-Dur, Op. 110
    1. Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo
    2. Allegro Molto
    3. Adagio, Ma Non Troppo - Fuga - Allegro, Ma Non troppo
    Emil Gilels
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  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op. 96 & Op. 25 Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op. 96 & Op. 25 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op. 96 & Op. 25

    200-Gram Vinyl Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Stereophile's Recording of the Month For February 1984


    Imagine, if you can, a private recital in your own home by two consummate artists who play these works for their own delight as much as for yours. Imagine sound so completely and disarmingly natural that after 30 seconds you're unaware it's reproduced. That's what this record is all about. - Stereophile, February 1984


    David Abel, violin, Julie Steinberg, piano. This composition occupies a special place among Beethoven's creations because it shows a unique quality: there is an Olympian elegance, a profound gentleness that pervades the entire work. Nowhere does Beethoven the earth shaker appear. Even the scherzo movement does not disturb this sustained thoughtfulness.


    Violin and piano begin trading short thematic statements in quick exchange from the first notes of the first movement. Parallel arpeggios create a growing intensity. The middle section of the movement is characterized by abrupt modulations and an increased pace of exchanges. A striking procedure is the use of a seemingly interminable trill, nearly heartstopping in its intensity.


    The second movement, Adagio expressivo, one of Beethoven's floating Adagios, is based on the compulsion of a slow intense bass movement. The serenity of this movement is not disturbed by elaborate decoration from both instruments. And this stillness is further emphasized by a fourteen measure repeating pedal point (nearly one fifth of the movement) which closes it. The Scherzo sustains the serious character of the entire work. The last movement begins not only with a quick alternation of themes between the violin and piano, but a soft and loud alternation, as well, which adds to the feeling of growing intensity. An interrupted rondo is the plan, but the interruptions are of a major kind: another sensuous adagio and a daring fugato lead to a presto outburst concluding the movement.


    David Wilson had already recorded piano by the time he began working with world-class musicians Steinberg and Abel in the Mills College Concert Hall in Oakland, California, though it was the first time he recorded a violin. Experimenting with different microphone positions in an attempt to capture what he calls the delicious geometry of sound emanating from Abel's Guarneri and Steinberg's Hamburg Steinway D, he ended up hanging his Schoeps CMC-36 microphones from a ladder high above the instruments. Of the results, he says, I'd put the recording up against any chamber music recording. It has to be my favorite.


    Reached at their home in Oakland, Steinberg and Abel, whose trio with percussionist William Winant has commissioned music from the likes of John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Paul Dresher, Somei Satoh, and Gordon Mumma (for starters), reminisced about their time with Wilson.


    The session was free of the time pressure and tension that can really get in the way of the final outcome, says Abel. If we wanted to stop for a bite, or go outside to rest for a while, that was not a problem... Dave kept open to what was happening in the moment, as in a concert. He understood about not making a 'perfect' recording, and instead left the small imperfections... that make the final result sound human and real. One could not ask for better.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major, Op. 96 - I. Allegro moderato play
    2. Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major, Op. 96 - II. Adagio espressivo play
    3. Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major, Op. 96 - III. Scherzo Allegro play
    4. Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major, Op. 96 - IV. Poco allegretto play
    5. Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" - I. Moderato malinconico play
    6. Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" - II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso play
    7. Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" - III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
    David Abel & Julie Steinberg
    $34.99
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  • Brahms - Sonata for Cello and Piano (Speakers Corner) Brahms - Sonata for Cello and Piano (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms - Sonata for Cello and Piano (Speakers Corner)

    The original pressing just doesn't hold a candle to this re-issue! Lovingly re-mastered from the original Mercury Living Presence analog tapes, Speakers Corner has done an astounding job on this album. Hear Starkers bold and natural cello and Seboks piano reproduced with perfect clarity and tonality. The performances are exceptional; lively and heartfelt. The sound quality is purely first rate. Outstanding music, impeccably performed, and the sound quality is the best youll hear! It just doesnt get better than this!



    Brahms' Cello and Piano Sonatas could well be described as 'romantic expression dressed in classical garb,' filled as they are with the same musical philosophy that is to be found in many of his instrumental works. Although 21 years lay between the two compositions, Brahms remained true to the formal musical language of the Viennese masters, and this brought him and other composers of his time the reproach of imitating Beethoven.



    The unmistakable personal style of Brahms is reflected in the sweeping first movement which is in the manner of a serious song and calls for sensitive but by no means feeble bowing. Starker's wiry, austere playing keeps a check on any excessive emotion and instead brings the music to life in great detail.



    Musicians:



    • Janos Starker (cello)

    • Gyorgy Sebok (piano)




    Recording: June 1964 at Watford Town Hall, London, by C.R.Fine and Robert Eberenz

    Production: Harold Lawrence




    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.



    1. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, op. 38

    2. Allegro Non Troppo

    3. Allegretto Quasi Minuetto

    4. Allegro


    5. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, op. 99

    6. Allegro Vivace

    7. Adagio Affetuoso

    8. Allegro Passionato

    9. Allegro Molto

    Johannes Brahms
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Musik Wie Von Einem Anderen Stern: Manger Test LP (Awaiting Repress) Musik Wie Von Einem Anderen Stern: Manger Test LP (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $59.99
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    Musik Wie Von Einem Anderen Stern: Manger Test LP (Awaiting Repress)

    The Manger LP test consists of 15 tracks, many of which are already known to the audiophile crowd. For example, tracks 11 and 12 are by Chesky Records, the well known Livingston Taylor selections. Track 3 is a Beethoven's Piano Sonata (# 8, C-Dur, Op. 13) by Denon/Nippon Columbia. Still from the same label is track #4 (from Denon Professional Test CD): Beethoven Ich liebe dich, Hermann Prey. Then there's something from Philips, Klavier Records, Divox Jazz etc.


    The quality of the chosen tracks is excellent, as one may expect from a test disc. The Manger LP test offers different kinds of music, from classical to jazz and light pop. Each track is meant to test a particular instrument or musical genre, so you have track no. 8 which is devoted to classical guitar (Capriccio Arabo), track no. 9 for double-bass, track 12 for an acapella choir and so on.


    The last track of the disc is devoted to a percussion ensemble (The O-Zone Percussion Group), always very useful to test rise-time, decays and macrodynamics. This audiophile test LP is very interesting, reasonably priced and with a good selection of excellently recorded tracks.
    LP 1
    1. Volles Gelaut (Gutesloher Glocken)
    2. Der Himmel Deckt Alles Mit Stille Zu (Horspiel, SWF)
    3. Sonata No. 8, C-Moll, Op. 13 (Beethoven) (Bruno-Leonardo Gelber)
    4. Ich Liebe Dich (Beethoven) (Hermann Prey)
    5. Der Winter Aus Die 4 Jahreszeiten, 3. Satz (Vivaldi) (Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca)
    6. Sinfonie No. 67, F-Dur, 1. Satz (Haydn)(Leipziger Gewandhausorchester)
    7. Pulcinella, Tarantella (Stravinsky)(Berliner Philharmoniker)
    8.Ghazali (Renaud Garcia-Fons)


    LP 2
    1. Tarrega: Capricho Arabe (Stefano Grondona)
    2. Pavane (Faure) (The Treya Quartet)
    3. Isn't She Lovely (Livingston Taylor)
    4. Grandma's Hands (Livingston Taylor)
    5. Walking On The Moon (The Yuri Honing Trio)
    6. Jazz Variants (The O-Zone Percussion Group)
    7. The Cost Of Freedom (Marla Glen)

    Various Artists
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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