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  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

    Beethoven was Wilhelm FurtwÄngler's guiding musical force. In his interpretations of the symphonies, the conductor generates irresistible dramatic momentum - and a constant sense of imaginative freshness - through the interrelationship of form, harmony, texture, rhythm and tempo. No work appeared more frequently in FurtwÄngler's concert programmes than Beethoven's Fifth. Between 1918 and his death in 1954, he conducted more than a hundred performances, including a superbly realized 1937 HMV studio recording with the Berlin Philharmonic and this formidable studio remake with the Vienna Philharmonic, further proof of his astonishing ability to penetrate a work to its core yet preserve it as a living entity.
    1. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): I. Allegro con brio
    2. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): II. Andante con moto
    3. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): III. Allegro -
    4. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): IV. Allegro - Presto
    Wilhelm Furtwangler
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67

    One of four legendary LP albums that represent Carlos Kleiber's entire orchestral output for Deutsche
    Grammophon, now available individually. These LPs were expertly produced from the recent 24-bit remastered
    recordings, which are as faithful to the original analogue sources as possible. Manufactured on 180-gram vinyl, each record comes with its original LP front and back covers.
    1. Allegro con briobr
    2. Andante con moto
    3. Allegro
    4. Allegro
    Carlos Kleiber
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner)

    The Concerto No. 5 in E flat major for Piano and Orchestra, composed in 1809 at the time of Napoleon's siege and occupation of Vienna, was Ludwig van Beethoven's last work in this form. The heroic optimism at the heart of the Concerto finds expression in the majesty of its design and the innovative virtuosity of the solo part. The dialect between piano and orchestra creates an electric atmosphere of brooding depth and sweeping grandeur. Beethoven's choice of key, the E-flat major, was not arbitrary but gave voice rather to the wild pathos in his own soul.

    Clifford Curzon's interpretation of the score is intelligent and refined, his execution characterized by introspective discipline.

    The exemplary interplay between Curzon and Hans Knappertsbusch evokes the chiaroscuro latent in each of the Emperor's three movements. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra displays its customary brilliance throughout.

    This DECCA recording, one of the very earliest in stereo, is convincing both musically and tonally. More than a document, it is a milestone in musical history.


    • Sir Clifford Curzon

    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Hans Knappertsbusch (conductor)

    Recording: June 1957, Sofiensaal, Vienna by Gordon Parry

    Production: Erik Smith

    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. First Movement - Allegro
    2. Second Movement: Adagio Un Poco Mosso
    3. Third Movement: Rondo (Allegro)
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

    " undoubtedly a great performance: the power of this interpretation is so compelling, its beauty so moving, and the solo quartet is, I imagine, as good as you could find " - Gramophone

    A historic version of one of the most famous classical works ever, recorded at the occasion of the re-opening of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1951.

    LP 1
    1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
    2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto

    LP 2
    1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral': III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
    2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai

    Wilhelm Furtwangler
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Finlandia (Awaiting Repress) Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Finlandia (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Finlandia (Awaiting Repress)

    Before he was appointed music director for life of the Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan was closely associated with the Philharmonia in its early years, although he never held an official title with the orchestra. The founder of the Philharmonia and legendary EMI Producer, Walter Legge, was against appointing an official principal conductor but it was Karajan who built the orchestra into one of the finest ensembles in the world, and made numerous recordings for EMI, including all the Beethoven symphonies and stereo gems like this Sibelius recording.

    Recorded on 20, 21 & 23 September 1960 (Symphony No.5) and 5 & 6 January 1959 (Finlandia) at Londons famous Kingsway Hall venue. Produced by Walter Legge and Engineered by Douglas Larter (Harold Davidson Finlandia).

    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS80 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional playback head.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Side One:
    Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82
    1. First Movement: Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato Presto
    2. Second Movement: Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

    Side Two
    Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82, (cont.)
    1. Third Movement: Allegro molto
    Tone Poem
    2. Finlandia, Op.26
    Herbert Von Karajan
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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