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    Holst: The Planets

    Newly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, Decca are proud to present Holst's The Planets with the Los
    Angeles Philharmonic. Featuring the original artwork, this release has been carefully mastered from the
    original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.
    1. Mars, the Bringer of War
    2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
    3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
    4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
    5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
    6. Uranus, the Magician
    7. Neptune, the Mystic
    Zubin Mehta
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  • Holst: The Planets (Speakers Corner) Holst: The Planets (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Holst: The Planets (Speakers Corner)

    Earth was not created in a day. And the same applies to Gustav Holst's interplanetary symphony which took him about three years to write. The composer employs a massive orchestra and rich orchestral colouring to portray each planet in his musical psychogram.



    Mars, the Bringer of War, rages with mechanical brutality, while Venus brings peace and an acceptance of life. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, darts here and there with quicksilver speed, while powerful and sovereign Jupiter brings jollity and reassurance. Saturn plods by with heavy tread, while Uranus with its contrasting changes in tempo remains enigmatic and extrovert. And because Pluto, the most distant planet had not yet been discovered, it is Neptune, the great unknown, which is lost in time and space in an endless ostinato of female voices.
    Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present this astronomical journey with precision and exhilaration, leaving neither time nor space for astrological speculation. As always, the excellent DECCA recording quality guarantees an unimpeded view of this musical galaxy.



    Recording: April 1971 at Royce Hall, Los Angeles by James Lock and Colin Moorfoot

    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.



    Holst: The Planets
    Zubin Mehta
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • OR: The Originals OR: The Originals Quick View

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    OR: The Originals

    Limited-Edition, Numbered-Box Set


    Re-Mastered At Optimal From Analogue Sources


    Original LP Front And Back Covers


    12-Page Leaflet


    The Originals - Legendary Recordings From The Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue


    CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.1/LISZT: Piano Concerto No.1Martha Argerich/London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado139 383

    GRIEG: Lyric Pieces (selection)Emil Gilels2530 476

    HOLST: The Planets Boston Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg2530 102

    R.STRAUSS: Also sprach ZarathustraBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan2530 402

    ORFF: Carmina BuranaChorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin/Eugen Jochum139 362

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.6 „PathÉtique"Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Evgeny Mravinsky138 659

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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 / Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1
    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11
    1. Allegro maestoso
    2. Romance (Larghetto)
    3. Rondo (Vivace)
    Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124
    1. Allegro maestoso
    2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
    3. Allegro marziale animato


    LP2
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces
    Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 12
    1. Arietta
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 38
    2. Berceuse
    Lyric Pieces III, Op.43
    3. Butterfly
    4. Solitary traveler
    Lyric Pieces IV, Op. 47
    5. No. 2 Albumblatt
    6. No. 3 Melodie
    7. No. 4 Halling
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 54
    8. Notturno
    9. Scherzo
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 57
    10. Heimweh
    Lyric Pieces VII, Op.62
    11. No. 4 Baekken (Brooklet)
    12. No. 6 Hjemad (Homeward)
    Lyric Pieces, op.65
    13. In ballad vein
    Lyric Pieces, op.68
    14. Grandmother's Minuet
    15. At your feet
    16. At the cradle
    Lyric Pieces Op.71
    17. Once upon a time
    18. Puck
    19. Gone
    20. Remembrances


    LP3
    Holst: The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
    The Planets, Op.32
    1. Mars, the Bringer of War
    2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
    3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
    4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
    5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
    6. Uranus, the Magician
    7. Neptune, the Mystic


    LP4
    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Carl Orff (1895 - 1982)
    Carmina Burana; Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
    1. O Fortuna
    Uf dem Anger
    2. Were diu werlt alle min
    In Taberna
    3. In taberna quando sumusv
    Cour d'amours
    4. Veni, veni, venias


    LP5
    Strauss, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
    Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
    Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
    1. Von den Hinterweltlern
    2. Das Nachtwandlerlied


    LP6
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 ,,PathÉtique
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
    Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -PathÉtique
    1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
    2. Allegro con grazia
    3. Allegro molto vivace
    4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)

    Various Artists
    $109.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Holst: The Planets (Awaiting Repress) Holst: The Planets (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Holst: The Planets (Awaiting Repress)

    This classic recording is from the golden era of Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra. Early in 1914, Gustav Holt told a friend: As a rule I only study things that suggest music to me...Recently the character of each planet suggested lots to me. This marked the beginning of the composition of his biggest orchestral work, a suite of seven movements. The first to be sketched was Mars - prophetically, for the First World War began just as he completed it. The order of the composition of the remainder was Venus and Jupiter in the autumn of 1914, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune during 1915 and Mercury in 1916. The orchestration of the complete work was also finished in 1916.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Mars, the Bringer of War
    Venus, the Bringer of Peace
    Mercury, the Winged Messenger
    Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
    Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
    Uranus, the Magician
    Neptune, the Mystic
    Andre Previn
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Holst The Planets Holst The Planets Quick View

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    Holst The Planets

    Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for this audiophile recording of Holst's The Planets.


    The scoring of the Planets is rich and extravagant (quadruple wood-wind, enormous brass and a percussion section requiring three players, not to mention such exotic additions as bass flute, bass tuba and organ) and yet the sound is always clear and transparent. There are two other ingredients to add to this formula - melodic invention and a great sense of rhythm. Holst had these in plenty. If his methods seemed novel during his life-time they have become commonplace since - but never dull.


    The suite opens with Mars, the Bringer of War with its relentless, hammering five four rhythm. The movement is in simple ternary form. Brass dominates in the tremendous build-up and release of forces....


    Venus, the Bringer of Peace is also the goddess of love and Holst allows his music more sensuality than elsewhere. Gone are the harsh pounding rhythm and snarling brass. They are replaced by serenity and coolness...


    Mercury, the Winged Messenger is a symphonic scherzo of unparalleled lightness and volatility. The effect is obtained by mixing tonalities and time signatures. The distant keys of B flat and E are juxtaposed and there is a constant mixture of triple and duple time...


    Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity comes as a contrast to the vapid Mercury, with its boisterous dances and broad hymn tune...The king of gods would surely have been pleased with such a regal anthem...


    Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age is Holst at his deepest and most intensely personal. It is an excursion into cold and dreary open spaces so often explored right up to the end of his life. The syncopated oscillations between two dissonant chords seem to be borrowed from Schoenberg while the slow melody of the double basses surely epitomizes senescence itself...


    Uranus, the Magician: Trumpets and trombones blare out a portentous invocation, echoed by tubas and timpani. Bassoons are next on the scene to establish the piece's galumphing 6/4 gate...


    Neptune, the Mystic: This is real music of the stars - free from all earthly sentiment. It is a vision of remote beauty and ideal perfection. Silvery sounds unfold yet without the remotest suggestion of a theme to disturb the spiritual concentration. There is constant shifting of harmony and changing tone colour. The icy tinkling of celesta and glockenspiel and the wordless, disembodied female chorus which floats over and around the closing pages were later (some 35 years later) to find their way into Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica. There is, and can be, no end to this music - it fades away but cannot die: it is as infinite as space itself and as intangible as the most distant parts of the subconscious. - from liner notes


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    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    The Planets - suite
    LP1
    1. I. Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
    2. II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
    3. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
    4. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso


    LP2
    5. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
    6. VI. Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
    7. VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante

    Zubin Mehta
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Twilight Of The Gods

    180 Gram Reissue of Bathorys Sixth Album!


    Twilight of the Gods is the sixth album by Bathory. It continues the exploration of the newly created Viking metal style, and also displays a heavy classical influence; it is titled after an opera by Wagner, and the melody of Hammerheart is lifted from Gustav Holst's The Planets (more specifically, from the fourth movement, Jupiter). Bathory was formed in Stockholm in 1983. Founder Quorthon, a seventeen-year-old guitarist, was joined by bassist Hanoi and drummer Vans. After various name changes (beginning with Nosferatu, then Natas, Mephisto, Elizabeth Bathory and Countess Bathory) they finally settled on Bathory. Their first recording deal came that same year, when Quorthon managed to secure the consent of Tyfon Grammofon's boss to record two tracks for the compilation Scandinavian Metal Attack. The tracks which he recorded gained unexpected attention by fans.[citation needed] Soon afterward, Tyfon Grammofon contacted Quorthon and asked him to record a full-length album. Although Venom's Black Metal, released in 1982, was the first record to coin the term, it was Bathory's early albums, featuring Satanic lyrics, low-fi production and an inhuman vocal style, that defined the genre. Many fans have speculated Venom was an influence on Bathory; however, Quorthon has said in an interview with Kick Ass magazine in 1985 he only heard of Venom after the first Bathory album was released. He also expressed dislike for many influential and popular heavy metal bands at the time, such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. He has also stated the band's early work was influenced primarily by Black Sabbath, Motorhead, and punk rock. Bathory's self-titled debut album, and the subsequent releases The Return and Under the Sign of the Black Mark, are now regarded as major influences on the Norwegian bands which extended black metal's musical progression and popularity in the beginning of the 1990s.

    Side A
    1. Twilight Of The Gods

    2. Through Blood By Thunder


    Side B
    3. Blood And Iron
    4. Under The Runes


    Side C
    5. To Enter Your Mountain


    Side D
    6. Bond Of Blood
    7. Hammerheart

    Bathory
    $37.99
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  • Twilight Of The Gods (Picture Disc) Twilight Of The Gods (Picture Disc) Quick View

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    Twilight Of The Gods (Picture Disc)

    Limited Edition Picture Disc Reissue Of Bathorys Sixth Album


    Twilight of the Gods is the sixth album by Bathory. It continues the exploration of the newly created Viking metal style, and also displays a heavy classical influence; it is titled after an opera by Wagner, and the melody of Hammerheart is lifted from Gustav Holst's The Planets (more specifically, from the fourth movement, Jupiter). Bathory was formed in Stockholm in 1983. Founder Quorthon, a seventeen-year-old guitarist, was joined by bassist Hanoi and drummer Vans. After various name changes (beginning with Nosferatu, then Natas, Mephisto, Elizabeth Bathory and Countess Bathory) they finally settled on Bathory. Their first recording deal came that same year, when Quorthon managed to secure the consent of Tyfon Grammofon's boss to record two tracks for the compilation Scandinavian Metal Attack. The tracks which he recorded gained unexpected attention by fans.[citation needed] Soon afterward, Tyfon Grammofon contacted Quorthon and asked him to record a full-length album. Although Venom's Black Metal, released in 1982, was the first record to coin the term, it was Bathory's early albums, featuring Satanic lyrics, low-fi production and an inhuman vocal style, that defined the genre. Many fans have speculated Venom was an influence on Bathory; however, Quorthon has said in an interview with Kick Ass magazine in 1985 he only heard of Venom after the first Bathory album was released. He also expressed dislike for many influential and popular heavy metal bands at the time, such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. He has also stated the band's early work was influenced primarily by Black Sabbath, Motorhead, and punk rock. Bathory's self-titled debut album, and the subsequent releases The Return and Under the Sign of the Black Mark, are now regarded as major influences on the Norwegian bands which extended black metal's musical progression and popularity in the beginning of the 1990s.

    1. Twilight Of The Gods
    2. Through Blood By Thunder
    3. Blood And Iron
    4. Under The Runes
    5. To Enter Your Mountain
    6. Bond Of Blood
    7. Hammerheart
    Bathory
    $32.99
    Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
  • Gladiator Soundtrack Gladiator Soundtrack Quick View

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    Gladiator Soundtrack

    Hans Zimmer's score for Ridley Scott's Roman masterpiece, complete with Wagner-like anthems of war and accompanied by music evocative of Holst, was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Lisa Gerrard's haunting voice adds a timeless and atmospheric quality to the simple but stirring melody Zimmer uses throughout. Zimmer's score was voted Number Four in the 2016 Classic FM Movie Hall of Fame.
    LP 1
    1. Progeny
    2. The Wheat
    3. The Battle
    4. Earth
    5. Sorrow
    6. To Zucchabar
    7. Patricide
    8. The Emperor is Dead
    9. The Might of Rome
    10. Strength and Honor


    LP 2
    1. Reunion
    2. Slaves to Rome
    3. Barbarian Horde
    4. Am I Not Merciful?
    5. Elysium
    6. Honor Him
    7. Now We Are Free

    Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
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    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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