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  • Debussy: La Mer, L.109; PrÉlude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86 / Ravel: Dapnis & ChloÉ, M.57b Debussy: La Mer, L.109; PrÉlude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86 / Ravel: Dapnis & ChloÉ, M.57b Quick View

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    Debussy: La Mer, L.109; PrÉlude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86 / Ravel: Dapnis & ChloÉ, M.57b

    Deemed "one of the maestro's finest achievements on record" (Penguin Guide, 1994), Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic's recording of Debussy's La Mer and Prelude à L'Après-midi d'un faune and Ravel's Daphnis et ChloÉ No. 2 is newly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, pressed at OPTIMAL.
    Claude Debussy - La Mer, L.109
    1. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea
    2. Play Of The Waves
    3. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea


    Maurice Ravel
    1. Daphnis & Chloë - Suite No.2, M.57b


    Claude Debussy
    1. PrÉlude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86

    Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert Von Karajan
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  • Ravel Debussy - Ma  Mere Nocturnos (Speakers Corner) Ravel Debussy - Ma Mere Nocturnos (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Ravel Debussy - Ma Mere Nocturnos (Speakers Corner)

    Ravel's ballet music Ma Mère l'Oye, originally written for piano, four hands, was inspired by Charles Perrault's fairy tale. Ravel mostly wrote music for small forms which is reflected by the short movements of the suite. The world renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by the conductor best suited to this kind of music, Ernest Ansermet, bring out the vivacious and colourful elements of the work. The orchestra's timbre is well suited to the gentle shading of the music, as is shown in the final Jardin fÉerique.



    Completed by Debussy in 1899, the three Nocturnes reveal the aesthetics of a composer who put Nature above Art. Debussy endeavoured to achieve a natural flow and consistency in his music without slavishly copying the sounds of nature. Although Nuages (Clouds), Fêtes (Festivals) and Sirènes (Sirents) are night pieces, they are seen with a view to light and shadow: two optic conditions that influence the music.



    The artists give an amazingly transparent and differentiated performance of the music. The present recording should not be missed by any lover of Impressionist music.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet




    Recording: November 1957 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker




    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. PrÉlude et Danse du Rouet (Ravel)
    2. Pavane da la Belle au bois dormant (Ravel)
    3. Petit Poucet (Ravel)
    4. Laideronnette ImpÉratrice des Pagodes (Ravel)
    5. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête (Ravel)
    6. La jardin fÉrique (Ravel)
    7. Nuages (Debussy)
    8. Fêtes (Debussy)
    9. Sirènes (Debussy)
    Ernest Ansermet with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Polka Dots & Moonbeams Polka Dots & Moonbeams Quick View

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    Polka Dots & Moonbeams

    Import


    Limited direct metal mastered 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this album from the Jazz great.


    With the passage of time, Bill Evans has become an entire school unto himself for pianists and a singular mood unto himself for listeners. There is no more influential jazz-oriented pianist -- only McCoy Tyner exerts nearly as much pull among younger players and journeymen -- and Evans has left his mark on such noted players as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau. Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, Evans brought a new, introverted, relaxed, lyrical, European classical sensibility into jazz -- and that seems to have attracted a lot of young conservatory-trained pianists who follow his chord voicings to the letter in clubs and on stages everywhere. Indeed, classical pianists like Jean-Yves Thibaudet have recorded note-for-note transcriptions of Evans' performances, bringing out the direct lineage with classical composers. In interviews, Evans often stressed that pianists should thoroughly learn technique and harmony so that they can put their inspiration to maximum use. Since he already had those tools in hand, he worked very hard on his touch, getting the special, refined tone that he wanted out of a piano. He also tried to democratize the role of the bassist and drummer in his succession of piano trios, encouraging greater contrapuntal interplay.


    - Richard S. Ginell (All Music Guide)

    1. Re: Person I Knew
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
    4. Stairway To The Stars
    5. If You Could See Me Now
    6. It Might As Well Be Spring
    7. In Love In Vain
    8. Very Early
    9. Gymnopedie
    Bill Evans
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  • Ravel: Bolero Ravel: Bolero Quick View

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    Ravel: Bolero

    Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!


    AndrÉ Previn had been principle conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for over ten years by the time he completed the recording of BolÉro on this record, the longest tenure with the LSO of any single conductor. During that time, he raised the profile of both the orchestra and himself with UK television appearances on such popular programmes as Morecambe and Wise and on his own AndrÉ Previn's Music Night where he introduced classical music to a mass UK audience (the LP version is on HIQLP011). His recorded legacy with the LSO belongs to that golden decade of analogue recordings, mainly for EMI, which included the kind of repertoire in which Previn excels, such as Russian Romantics like Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev as well as British composers like Walton and Britten but his versatility is also reflected in repertoire as diverse as Debussy and Haydn.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional "advance" playback head, ensuring a completely analogue process.


    In the original 1980 review Ivan March of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:

    "A first class coupling in every way. The recording is splendid. Bolero is given a whole side to itself and the climax is superbly caught, full and clear... The record was made in the Kingsway Hall and its unique acoustic is even more impressively demonstrated in the Daphnis and Chloe suite, a highly distinguished performance in every way... The recording throughout shows that analogue techniques can still offer the most sophisticated detail, without loss of colour and richness of texture."



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


    Side One:
    1. Bolero


    Side Two:
    2. Daphnis et Chloe - Suite No. 2
    3. Pavane pour une infante defunte (flute solo, horn solo)

    Andre Previn
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Debussy: Iberia (200 Gram) Debussy: Iberia (200 Gram) Quick View

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    Debussy: Iberia (200 Gram)

    Limited Edition 200 Gram LP!


    Remastered and Cut at 33 1/3 rpm by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!


    Cut from the Original 2-Track Session Tapes!


    Pressed at Quality Record Pressings & Plated by Gary Salstrom!


    Alborado del Grassio - This is the one of the most demanding recordings we have ever reissued. This piece of music is thrilling in its dynamic contrasts - absolutely not to be missed - I'd buy two and save one if I were you.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Debussy
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  • Debussy - Nocturnes / Ravel - Daphnes et Chloe (Speakers Corner) Debussy - Nocturnes / Ravel - Daphnes et Chloe (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Debussy - Nocturnes / Ravel - Daphnes et Chloe (Speakers Corner)

    With his Nocturnes, Debussy's vision of music inspired by Nature enters a new sphere. His first multi-part orchestral work the composition was originally conceived for violin but was published as a vocal-symphonic work offers a wealth of subtleties as regards melody and sound coloring, the likes of which had never been heard before in Debussy's oeuvre. Unlike traditional orchestral writing, the woodwinds here provide vitality with a wide spectrum of tonal coloring while the strings unroll a dynamically finely graded carpet of sound. Absolutely innovative is the wordless female chorus in the third movement whose voices combine with the instruments to produce a mysterious tonal concoction.



    Debussy's compatriot, Ravel, went to even greater lengths in his Daphnis and Chloe Suites. As the instrumental distribution leads one to suspect full orchestra plus 15 percussion instruments, chorus and wind machine the work is a full-fledged modern-age French choreographic symphony and one of the greatest compositions of its time. It is almost superfluous to mention that a thrilling performance of both works can only be achieved by the very best of symphony orchestras.




    Recording: March 1961 at Cass Technical High School Auditorium, Detroit (MI), USA,

    by Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine




    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. Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: Nuages, Fêtes, Sirènes
    2. Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et ChloÉ Suite Nr. 2
    3. Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: Nuages (Clouds), Fêtes (Festivals), Sirènes (Sirens)
    4. Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and ChloÉ Suite No. 2
    Paul Paray with Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • The Three-Cornered Hat (Speakers Corner) The Three-Cornered Hat (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Three-Cornered Hat (Speakers Corner)

    The very fact that Manuel de Falla composed his ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) for the ambitious impresario Serge Diaghilev and his epoch-making Ballets Russes indicates the historical importance of this work. Although the Impressionistic character of the musical language reflects his studies with Debussy, the composer never once renounces his native origins. Overflowing with the thrilling rhythms and electrifying melodies of Spanish folkmusic, this work achieved worldwide popularity virtually overnight.



    As so often before in this genre, the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet proves once again in this DECCA recording that he is a power to be reckoned with. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande executes the slightest nuance, the most exquisite of figures and gentlest lyrical tone with meticulous precision. Powerful rolls of thunder, the click of castanets, lively rhythms and rich sonority conjure up a picture of fiery Spanish temperament so tangibly before our eyes that any comment on the recording quality appears almost superfluous. In a nutshell: this record is, quite simply, incredibly good.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: February 1960 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker





    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.



    Ernest Ansermet
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Debussy: Children's Corner, Estampes, Suite Bergamasque, Pour Le Piano Debussy: Children's Corner, Estampes, Suite Bergamasque, Pour Le Piano Quick View

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    Debussy: Children's Corner, Estampes, Suite Bergamasque, Pour Le Piano

    Remastered from the original master tapes by Studio Art & Son, Paris, 2010

    Released a few months before the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy's (1862-1918) passing, this LP contains a recital full of poetry by the French pianist Samson François, a master in this repertoire in which he conveys to us a unique vision with his unrivaled touch.

    Children's Corner
    1. Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
    2. Jimbo's Lullaby
    3. Serenade For The Doll
    4. The Snow Is Dancing
    5. The Little Shepherd
    6. Golliwogg's Cake-walk


    Estampes
    7. Pagodes
    8. La SoirÉe Dans Grenade
    9. Jardins Sous La Pluie


    Suite Bergamasque
    10. PrÉlude
    11. Menuet
    12. Clair De Lune
    13. Passepied


    Pour Le Piano

    14. PrÉlude
    15. Sarabande
    16. Toccata

    Samson François
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  • Debussy & Ravel Nocturnes & Mother Goose (Pre-Order) Debussy & Ravel Nocturnes & Mother Goose (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Debussy & Ravel Nocturnes & Mother Goose (Pre-Order)


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!


    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Ernest Ansermet conducts L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande for this audiophile recording on 180g 45rpm 2LP.


    Features:

    • Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    • Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    • Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl

    • Double LP

    • Pressed at RTI

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Musicians:

    L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande

    Ernest Ansermet, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Debussy
    1. Nocturnes
    Ravel
    2. Ma Mere L'oye (Mother Goose)
    Ernest Ansermet & L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
    $54.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Water Water Quick View

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    Water


    2 LPs On Transparent Vinyl


    One of the world's most celebrated pianists, HÉlène Grimaud presents a haunting call to nature, WATER, an experimental project combining HÉlène's two greatest passions: music and nature. Inspired by and recorded live in NYC at the Douglas Gordon installation "tears become streams become," an immense field of water that harnesses light, reflection, music and sound, HÉlène performs water-themed, romantic and contemporary classical pieces by composers Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and more.

    1. Wasserklavier per Antonio Ballista No. 3 from 6 Encores
    2. Water Transition 1
    3. Rain Tree Sketch II, In memoriam Olivier Messiaen
    4. Water Transition 2
    5. Barcarolle No.5, Op. 66 Allegretto moderato
    6. Water Transition 3
    7. Jeux d eaux TrÉs doux
    8. Water Transition 4
    9. Almeria. Allegretto moderato No. 5 from Iberia, Cahier II
    10. Water Transition 5
    11. Les jeux d eau à la Villa d Este No.4 from AnnÉes de pèlerinage. Troisième annÉe
    12. Water Transition 6
    13. Andante No.1 from In the Mists
    14. Water Transition 7
    15. La CathÉdrale engloutie No.10 from PrÉludes Livre 1
    16. Reflections on Water
    Helene Grimaud
    $34.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Debussy / Brahms / Bartok: Sonatas For Violin And Piano Debussy / Brahms / Bartok: Sonatas For Violin And Piano Quick View

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    Debussy / Brahms / Bartok: Sonatas For Violin And Piano

    200-Gram Vinyl Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    This is perhaps the most exquisitely natural recording ever made. All in all, this Wilson record is a triumph of the analog recording art. - International Audio Review


    David Abel, violin. Julie Steinberg, piano. Perhaps the most transcendent of David Wilson's brilliant recordings, this remarkable album of solo violin accompanied by piano comes as close to putting the two performers in the listening room as any ever made, writes The Absolute Sound, of Sonatas for Violin & Piano.


    Recorded on Wilson's Ultramaster Recorder, built by John Curl, and using a spaced pair of Schoeps microphones driving vacuum tube electronics, the recording has a close perspective that heightens transparency and engagement as well as wonderfully capturing the beautiful tonality of Abel's Guarnerius violin and Steinberg's Hamburg Steinway without exaggerating their size.


    The duo performs these works as if they are one. - The Absolute Sound, July/August 2013


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78_ I. Vivace ma non troppo play
    2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78_ II. Adagio play
    3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78_ III. Allegro molto moderato play
    4. Violin Sonata in G Minor_ I. Allegro vivo play
    5. Violin Sonata in G Minor_ II. Intermede_ Fantastique et leger play
    6. Violin Sonata in G Minor_ III. Finale play
    7. Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. for violin and piano)
    David Abel & Julie Steinberg
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms) Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms) Quick View

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    Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms)

    Two of today's most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in
    Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between HÉlène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo
    recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration.


    This is the first time, that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project and it goes far beyond a traditional musical collaboration. Based
    on a rare understanding on many levels - musical, emotional and personal, this fresh and strong encounter does not even raise the question of who
    accompanies whom. Finding new musical insights in familiar work, HÉlène and Sol present masterpieces in new light.


    The album reprises the same programme the duo performed in Gstaad: Robert Schumann's FantasiestÜcke, Claude Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano.


    "Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists: she is a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances Her albums aren't merely proficient tours through the
    repertoire; they are highly personal explorations that can stand out among dozens of rival performances. Her strongly interpretive playing has made her
    a favorite among many conductors and reviewers." (The New Yorker). HÉlène's recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800.000 units sold altogether to date.


    Like Grimaud, in addition to performing traditional repertoire with the world's great orchestras, Sol Gabetta is a champion of new works and a passionate
    musical collaborator. Argentine-French of Russian origin, Sol is a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day,
    impressing with her intriguing, full-bodied approach and a charismatic, conquering personality.

    LP 1
    1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
    2. Lebhaft, leicht
    3. Rasch und mit Feuer
    4. Prologue (lent)
    5. SÉrÉnade (ModÉrÉment animÉ)
    6. Finale (AnimÉ)


    LP 2
    1. Allegro non troppo
    2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
    3. Allegro - Più presto
    4. Allegro non troppo
    5. Allegro
    6. Largo
    7. Allegro

    Grimaud / Gabetta
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Images pour Orchestre (Speakers Corner) Images pour Orchestre (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Images pour Orchestre (Speakers Corner)

    "And the blind shall see" - promising words indeed! And very apt to describe the impressionist tonal paintings of Claude Debussy, who exchanged the paintbrush for a pen and the canvas for manuscript paper. Debussy's musical tools were not so much the etching-needle or sharp pencil but rather more a rich variety of glorious paints on his palette and thick brushes and sponges to form flowing figures and shapes on his musical canvas. With the Images pour Orchestre, the art lover possesses three of the mature composer's most important musical paintings to hang in his gallery.



    Thanks to its rhythmic and melodic structure, IbÉria is very probably the most striking of these three studies. The impressionistic, frazzled theme is lent substance through the familiar sounds and rhythms of Spanish folk music; Debussy conjures up the moods and impressions of a landscape which he himself hardly knew. And should the listener not be in a position to wander the streets and pathways, to breathe the perfume of the night, nor to enjoy a fiesta morning, then this record will certainly enable him to "see" all this for himself.




    Recording: May 1957 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace / Production: James Walker



    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.

    Debussy: Images pour Orchestre "Gigues", "IbÉria" and "Rondes de Printemps" - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ataúlfo Argenta
    Debussy
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner) Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner)

    The cello has always been held in high esteem for its warm, noble timbre and range of expression. So it is no wonder that numerous solo pieces have been written for the instrument. In this recording, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, together with the great Benjamin Britten at the piano, have left the accustomed pathway to perform three less well-known - but nevertheless excellent - works from the 19th and 20th century.



    Robert Schumann's FÜnf StÜcke im Volkston allows the cellist to bring out the whole beauty of his instrument. Well-paced tempi, a crystal-clear tone, and an exquisitely precise piano part emphasize the unique character of this music - a work which points the way towards modern times.



    The mysterious tonal and harmonic world of the Impressionists is evoked by Debussy's Sonata for Piano and Cello. Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it reflects human tragedy and a feeling of oppression and anxiety.



    Britten's Cello Sonata was tailormade for Rostropovich and dedicated to the great cellist. The two musicians, both of them technical perfectionists, provide an inspired performance - beginning with the thrilling dialogue of the very first bars, via a lyrical elegy, right up to the gripping Finale in 6/8 time. To sum it up: top marks for music, tonal quality and choice of repertoire.





    Musicians:



    • Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

    • Benjamin Britten (piano)






    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.



    Mstislav Rostropovich
    $34.99
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    World's Not Worth It

    Colored Vinyl


    The World's Not Worth It sees Gavan Kearney working with a handpicked cast of collaborators - including long-time muse Moonswift, Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, Eden House vocalist Amandine Ferrari and Use of Ashes guitarist Maarten Scherrenburg (on drums) - to create a blissful world of unconventional, yet instantly beguiling compositions. whilst still working within a by now familiar territory delineated by folk, ambient and progressive rock at a chambermusical volume, elements from the world of classical music are featured more prominently than ever, taking the project in a new direction: Kearney's reverence for the groundbreaking inventions of Romantic composers Ravel, Debussy and theosophic genius Alexander Scriabin shows through in extended solo-piano and guitar passages, adventurous chord progressions as well as a tender clarinet-solo on Events in a Skyline. Just like Scriabin would take the harmonic system to its limits, these pieces explore the outer limits of the song format, working with controlled stylistic collisions rather than a schematic chorus/refrain approach - such as on under the stares, which explores what'd happen "if Bach bumped into Messiaen".


    The vinyl edition of The World's Not Worth It comes in a limited edition on 180 gram clear vinyl, housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and with a bonus cd copy of the album.


     

    1. Samhian Rain - Arise

    2. Ice and Rainbows

    3. Under the Stares

    4. A Life Rehearsed

    5. Regal Season

    6. Events in a Skyline

    7. The Rebel's Rulebook
    Sand Snowman
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    Daphnis et Chloe

    Pierre Monteux's Magnificent Account of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe with the London Symphony Orchestra is one of the Very Best! A proficient and Classically trained violinist, Pierre Monteux, he premiered Stravinsky's Petrushka (1911), Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe (1912), The Rite of Spring (1913), Debussy's Jeux (1913)!

     

    On this 180 Gram Audiophile 2LP 45rpm Pressing you'll hear extraordinarily lush harmonies, pointed French phrasing, an absence of sentimentality, and an intuitive feeling for Ravel's meshing of classic-erotic. A Masterpiece for Orchestra! "Monteux's interpretation fits the piece like a glove. Flowing tempos knit the orchestral fabric together effortlessly into the "choreographic symphony" of the work's subtitle, without stinting on atmosphere or sheer color. The opening is mysterious but not sluggish. Ravel's sunrise reaches a glorious apotheosis, with the choir well-balanced in the mix. The quicker bits have plenty of excitement and glitter." - Classics Today "From the mysterious, exotic opening of the introduction, Monteux and the LSO capture the lushness and richness of the harmonies with an unbridled sense of French passion. The many different sections are linked through Ravel's subtle and delicate transitions; they achieve a real transparency under Monteux's clear hand... The clarity of the choral singing is excellent -- the frequently subtle changes of pitch, often lost in murkiness in other performances, are gently but clearly emphasized here with taste. Monteux, a violinist by training, compels his LSO string players to play Ravel's harmonics with a real core and edge to the sound, minus the usual French wispiness." - All Music Guide

     

    Features:

    • Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    • Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    • 180g Vinyl

    • 45rpm

    • Pressed at RTI

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!

    • Originally released as London CS 6147 "London Blueback"

     

    Musicians:

    London Symphony Orchestra - Pierre Monteux, conductor

    Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Douglas Robinson, chorus master

     

    This title not eligible for discount.
    Daphnis et Chloe (Complete Ballet)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    $54.99
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    Blue Roses (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Laura Groves began writing songs as a teenager in Yorkshire. With an old family piano and a borrowed guitar, thinking of the records she loved, lyrics that broke her heart, phrasing that made it race, composers cradling her aspirations. Influences spanning genres and generations; from Bart?k to Bush, Tiersen to Tears For Fears, Debussy to Du Maurier. She dreamt of writing, arranging, performing and producing an album that would be as treasured by someone else, and hopefully inspire them in the same way.


    The journey from then until now has not only given her more years, but more confidence, more experience of life, the courage to let the music express when words seem too restrictive. The name Blue Roses is encompassing; it is more than just one person and their sole aspirations, it is what happened in making the album, this process gave the need for another, more representative name. Blue Roses is the story, with Laura Groves as the protagonist. Included is a cast of family members to play instruments and a choir of firm friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers gathered together in a caf? to help. A small amount of money and a little faith was stretched with the benevolence and enthusiasm of those who stood at each door. From recording in living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms in various houses, to recording a Steinway in a local piano shop (a millionaire, who despite having paid a five-figure sum for the concert grand piano, was enchanted enough by the story and the music to allow Laura to record with it before it was moved to entertain guests his Lake District hotel). The equipment graciously bought and generously lent, (most of which was older than Laura herself, some of which was of pensionable age) put her on a sonic par with her idols and instilled in her a romance which translated through the Neumann, the Gibson and Wurlitzer, the Neve. The valves, the plates, the springs, the tape, transformers and circuitry are as musical as the instruments and voices passing through them, and are part of the story, the color between the lines.

    1. Greatest Thoughts
    2. Cover Your Tracks
    3. Coast
    4. I Am Leaving
    5. Can't Sleep
    6. I Wish I...
    7. Does Anyone Love Me Now?
    8. Doubtful Comforts
    9. Rebecca
    10. Imaginary Fights
    Blue Roses
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    Gamel

    OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.


    While previous OOIOO albums have been largely studio creations, Gamel is the most accurate portrayal of the band's overwhelming, forceful live presence they have released yet. Yoshimi leads her minimalistic rhythm ensemble by making quick, impulsive shifts in tone and attack, the group acting as one mind under her expert instruction. While the gamelan elements will be brand new to many listeners, the band offsets the bizarre with familiar, at times even nostalgic and childlike, melodies. Gamel is euphoric, bursting at the seams with an exhilarating frenzy that is universal yet uniquely their own. OOIOO's music is reflected in the ear of the beholder, with each listener taking away something different.


    Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honor. While the band's tours of the United States are infrequent, they are as the New York Times has stated, transcendent.

    1. Don Ah
    2. Shizuku Gunung Agung
    3. Pebarongan
    4. Gamel Ninna Yama
    5. Gamel Uma Umo
    6. Gamel Kamasu
    7. Atatawa
    8. Jesse Testa
    9. Gamel Udahah
    10. Kecupat Aneh
    11. Gamel Ulda
    OOIOO
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    Albeniz: Suite Espanola (Speakers Corner)

    The Suite española, written by the piano virtuoso and composer Isaac AlbÉniz, is one of the most outstanding works in the history of Spanish music. AlbÉniz invites the listener to join him on a musical journey through eight great Spanish cities, each steeped in tradition, investing each scene with local colouring as an homage.



    AlbÉniz made full use of musical folk idioms combined with dazzling virtuosity in many of his other works too, and deeply impressed Debussy and Ravel, as is testified by their own compositions.



    Originally conceived for the piano, the Suite has been arranged for large orchestra by Rafael FrÜhbeck de Burgos who makes the most of the orchestra's tonal palette to underline the expressivity of the music. The final movement (Cuba) is replaced by Cordoba, a piano piece from AlbÉniz's Cantos de España, op. 132, also arranged by FrÜhbeck de Burgos for orchestra. The obvious advantages of the arranger himself conducting the orchestra are well demonstrated by the present highly successful recording.



    The precision of the rhythmic interjections and the melodic flow are highly impressive. The music evokes various scenes, such as the impression of a barren Spanish landscape in the shimmering heat or bustling life in the various cities of Spain.



    Recording: November 1967 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson / Production: John Mordler





    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.

    AlbÉniz: Suite española (Transcription by FrÜhbeck de Burgos)
    Issac Albeniz
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    Re:works Piano

    Re:works Piano is the second album in the Re:works series, following last year's ground-breaking project where the Decca Classics catalog was opened up to prominent electronic DJs, leading to a global synch deal with Apple for the iPad Pro. This latest installment in the Re:works series features DJs such as Dusty Kid, Third Son and Appleblim remixing hand-picked classic piano works from composers including Satie, Bach, Pachelbel and Debussy, resulting in an innovative new chill-out album.
    LP 1
    1. Satie: GymnopÉdies No.1 - Cagedbaby Rework
    2. Satie: GymnopÉdies No.2 - Anders Bruk Rework
    3. Satie: GymnopÉdies No.3 - Lixo Rework
    4. Bach Marcello: Adagio - Soul Mekanik Rework
    5. Debussy: Clair De Lune - Vito Gatto Rework
    6. Pachelbel: Canon in D Major - Hardway Brothers Rework


    LP 2
    1. Yiruma: The River Flows In You - Chris Massey Rework
    2. Chopin: Prelude No.15 - Third Son Rework
    3. Satie: Gnossiennes No. 1 - Lost Unicorns Rework
    4. Debussy: Reverie 68 - Second Storey & Appleblim Rework
    5. Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata - Dusty Kid Rework
    6. Satie: Gnossiennes No. 2 - Raf Rundell Rework

    Various Artists
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    Tchaikovsky: Klavierkonzert

    A win at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1965, at age 24, officially put Martha Argerich on the musical map. An exciting and mercurial artist, Argerich has recorded extensively throughout a career that has encompassed works by Bach through Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók among others.



    Here, the multiple Grammy-winner and 2012 Gramophone Hall of Fame inducted Argentinian pianist performs Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 23 with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as conducted by Charles Dutoit. "The very fine sound of the horns right at the start augurs well and the wonderful weight and quality of Martha Argerich's opening if chords suggest that at any rate one need have no worries about the quality of this recording...The present record is really superb. So is Argerich, giving a performance of great range and of much subtlety...Praise must go, too, to the conductor, Dutoit who accompanies excellently and with notably good phrasing." - Gramophone/1971


    Musicians:


    Chaikovsky (composer)

    Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    Martha Argerich (piano)

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


    1. 1st Movement: Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Meastoso - Allegro Con Spirito
    2. 2nd Movement: Andantino Semplice - Prestissimo
    3. 3rd Movement: Allegro Con Fuoco
    Martha Argerich
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    Money Monster Soundtrack


    First Pressing Of 500 Copies On 180 Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Includes A 4 Page Booklet


    PVC Protective Sleeve


    In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O'Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.


    Dominic Lewis, a British-born film composer, has been working with some of Hollywood's most acknowledged and revered composers, including, but not limited to Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi, Henry Jackman and John Powell. He is now a resident composer at Zimmer's renowned Santa Monica musical think-tank, Remote Control Productions.


    His additional music credits to date include the films Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men: 1st Class, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Interview, as well as multiple commercials.


    Henry Jackman has done production work with artists including Mike Oldfield (Voyager), Sally Oldfield (Flaming Star), Trevor Horn/Art of Noise (The Seduction of Claude Debussy), Elton John and Gary Barlow. He made scores for X-Men: 1st Class, The 5th Wave, Kick Ass 2, This Is The End and many more.

    1. Opening Bell
    2. Bear Market
    3. Initial Claims
    4. Triple Buy
    5. Molly
    6. Human Error
    7. Hostile Takeover
    8. Outside World
    9. Rallying Market
    10. High Frequency Fraud
    11. Market Crash
    12. Closing Bell
    13. Global Players
    Henry Jackman & Dominic Lewis
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    The Way We Are (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Following their abstract masterpiece, The World I See, The Present returns with an album that delves ever deeper into the human psyche. Like an audio equivalent of Apocalypse Now, The Way We Are is by turns terrifying, enchanting, hallucinatory, and sharply focused. A psychedelic power-trio from a mythical dimension, The Present creates a strangely familiar music, as if they had already seen your dreams and your nightmares.


    In order to define the music, it might help to list some of the things it is not: it is not a pop album, neither is it a classical or jazz album. It's not an ambient album or a rock album either, but there are elements of all of these within its dense musical structure. Touchstones include the music of La Monte Young, Dmitri Shostakovich, Wolfgang Voigt, Cluster, Black Dice, Claude Debussy, Aphex Twin, Can, Arthur Russell, Boredoms, and Brian Eno-- and yet it sounds like none of these.


    What it is: a kaleidoscopic trip influenced by New York City, the ocean, mountains, the sun and the trees, Andy Warhol, Yukio Mishima, David Lynch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Buddhist mantra, mass transit, cats, birds and life. Life in all its myriad complexity and confusions, in all its transcendent beauty and its horrendous brutality.


    Their live show has been described as more of a sensory experience than a mere matter of listening and it's the title track-- a 35-minute epic the likes of which has not been heard since the glory days of Popul Vuh-- that best captures the band's extraordinary intensity.


    Once again this work is a collaboration with the artist Andrew Kuo, whose unique vision formed the cover of The World I See and whose work provides the visual counterpoint to The Present's sonic creation. Together, they make a totality that reflects so intensely and so clearly The Way We Are.

    Medman
    Saltwater Trails
    Space Meadow
    Shapeshifter
    Press Play
    The Way We Are
    The Present
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    Imperial Bedroom (On Sale)

    Ranked 166/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Universally Hailed 1982 Pop Masterpiece Pairs Costello and Co. With Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick


    Record Topped Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll In Year of Its Original Release


    Lavish Instrumentation, Involved Arrangements, and Piano-Based Melodies Frame Ambitious Songs That Address Domestic Malaise While Coming Off as Upbeat


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Imperial Bedroom Joins Mobile Fidelitys Pristine LP Reissues of Costellos My Aim Is True, This Years Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, and Almost Blue


    Recorded with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Imperial Bedroom stands as Elvis Costello and the Attractions most highly decorated traditional pop album. Boasting sumptuous arrangements, large-scale instrumentation, ambitious layers, Tin Pan Alley melodies, and orchestrated devices, the 1982 record is a testament to studio creativity and ornate production. Amidst the lavish settings beats the heart of Costellos biting, brutal lyrics that confront domestic malaise and sober emotional reflection. Its little wonder the intelligent effort took top honors in the Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.


    Not that audiences back in the day ever had the privilege of hearing Imperial Bedroom at its maximum potential. Now they can. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition 180g LP opens up the soundstages, expands the depth, and brings the genius of the grand arrangements into clear focus. In particular, the sound of the piano will have you believe that the 88s are situated right in your room, and never before has Emericks crafty sonic precision been so readily apparent. This is a huge-sounding record that demands full frequency extension and astute separation. Mobile Fidelitys reissue delivers on all fronts. You need to hear this!


    Ranked in 2005 by Rolling Stone at #166 on the magazines prestigious list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Imperial Bedroom overflows with contagious pop, savvy torch, cabaret, chamber, and jazz-influenced fare. If its details you seek, then look no further. With Emerick's assistance, each tune is distinguished with painstaking sonic accents, blended rhythms, counterpoint bass lines, dazzling passages, and inventive motifs. Accordions, tremolo guitars, organs, harpsichords, marimbas, horns, and an assortment of other instruments help color the subtly dark canvases. A 40-piece orchestra graces the gorgeous And In Every Home.


    Originally intended to be a stripped-down affair, Imperial Bedroom reflects Costello's migration to composing on piano as well as his listening tastes at the time: Billie Holliday, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Debussy. Intricate, expansive, and complex without ever sounding inaccessible, the record includes the now-classic Man Out of Time, Beyond Belief, and Almost Blue, the latter a ballad that Chet Baker included in his live sets until he passed away. In another stroke of brilliance, Costello used the record as an opportunity to address the melancholic changes in both his own personal situation as well as that of England, the songs functioning as smart, sometimes satirical dialogues on issues such as disenchantment, identity, and relationships.


    Still considered by many the finest record released in 1982, don't pass up this extraordinary-sounding reissue.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Beyond Belief
    2. Tears Before Bedtime
    3. Shabby Doll
    4. The Long Honeymoon
    5. Man Out of Time
    6. Almost Blue
    7. ...And in Every Home
    8. The Loved Ones
    9. Human Hands
    10. Kid About It
    11. Little Savage
    12. Boy with a Problem
    13. Pidgin English
    14. You Little Fool
    15. Town Cryer
    Elvis Costello
    $34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)
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