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  • Mahler: Symphony No.8 Mahler: Symphony No.8 Quick View

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    Mahler: Symphony No.8

    Decca is releasing their greatest recordings on vinyl and all are mastered at Abbey Road Studios from original
    analogue tapes and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl by OPTIMAL. This release features Sir Georg Solti leading
    the Chicago Symphony in Mahler's spectacular Symphony no. 8. ''This performance is still hailed as something of a benchmark - spine-tingling and electrifying.'' (BBC Music Magazine)
    1. Hymnus, Veni, Creator Spiritus
    2. Final Scene From Goethe's Faust
    3. Uns Bleibt Ein Erdenrest
    4. Blicket Auf - Alle Reuig Zarten
    Sir Georg Solti
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  • Mahler Symphony No. 2 Mahler Symphony No. 2 Quick View

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    Mahler Symphony No. 2

    Audiophile 180g Vinyl Cut at Emil Berliner Studio!


    Pressed at Pallas in Germany!


    Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic for this recording of Mahler's Second Symphony.


    Bernstein's second Mahler cycle recorded for Deutsche Grammophon involved recordings by orchestras closely linked to Mahler's compositional and conductorial output, including the New York Philharmonic. Mahler himself conducted the New York Philharmonic during a brief tenure between 1909 and his death in 1911.


    Although there are many similarities between the first and second cycles, Bernstein's later conducting style is often slower and more heavily expressive than his more youthful approach in the 1960s.


    Presented as a Deluxe 2 180 Gram Vinyl Box Set!


    Features:

    Audiopihle 180g Vinyl

    Cut at Emil Berliner Studio

    Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany


    Musicians:

    New York Philharmonic

    Leonard Bernstein, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Gustav Mahler
    Symphony No. 2
    LP 1
    1. Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier)
    2. Andante moderato
    3. (Scherzo) In ruhig fieBender Bewegung


    LP 2
    1. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
    2. Im Tempo des Scherzos
    3. (Fortsetzung / conclusion / conclusione)

    Leonard Bernstein
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  • Mahler - Symphony #2 (Speakers Corner) Mahler - Symphony #2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mahler - Symphony #2 (Speakers Corner)

    The search for the extra-musical world in Gustav Mahler's philosophical and programmatic works will doubtless continue to occupy future generations of music scholars. Today's music lovers, however, are wholly satisfied with the highly varied interpretations and impressive sound reproduction - which is precisely what Mahler himself wished for his rugged works. For decades Mahler's dramatic musical masterpieces were misunderstood and scorned as "kapellmeister music". Luckily interest in his works was revived and all nine symphonies were recorded in the 1960s by the recently deceased conductor Sir Georg Solti. Right up to this very day, his cycle has clearly lost nothing of its aura, its reputation for "never having been surpassed" - how could it otherwise have been so successful for so many years in the light of all the highly competitive, more recent recordings?



    After the success of the new pressing of Mahler's First Symphony (DECCA SXL 6113), it was high time that the Resurrection-Symphony became available on LP once more. And the result is most impressive. One can only hope that the complete Mahler cycle will one day be resurrected in vinyl.



    Musicians:



    • Heather Harper

    • Helen Watts

    • London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)





    Recording : May 1966 at Kingsway Hall, London by Gordon Parry

    Production: David Harvey



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet



    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.



    Gustav Mahler
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Mahler - Symphony #1 (Speakers Corner) Mahler - Symphony #1 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mahler - Symphony #1 (Speakers Corner)

    "What kind of a world is this which produces such sounds and forms to portray itself?" said Mahler of his First Symphony and gave the world his answer in the music.



    What at first sounds like "endless Spring" is transformed grotesquely to become an irreal collage. Just how deceptive is this idyllic landscape through which the wayfarer wanders? Distant fanfares, furtive melodies and strange cuckoo calls disturb the seemingly peaceful depiction of Nature before the cheerful theme melody pushes to the fore. But this peace is transient too. The wayfarer begins to increase his pace, he is not the hunter but the hunted in a hostile world. This symphony neither portrays nor describes - it presents the esthetic counterpart of reality.



    In view of the recent revival of Mahler and the resultant new recordings of his works, this early DECCA recording cannot be too highly praised. The disc guarantees not only a masterly performance but sumptuous sound and transparency. The owner of this particular recording of the Titan Symphony certainly needs no other and has every right to ask, "What kind of a record is this which produces such sounds...?"



    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)




    Recording: January and February 1964 at Kingsway Hall, London by Gordon Parry / John Culshaw





    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. Langsam, Schleppend, Wie Ein Naturlaut
    2. KrÄftig Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell
    3. Feierlich Und Gemessen, Ohne Zu Schleppen
    4. StÜrmisch Bewegt
    Gustav Mahler
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Speakers Corner) Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Speakers Corner)

    Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Song Of Destiny / Gustav Mahler: Songs Of A Wayfarer


    The Alto Rhapsody, Song Of Destiny and Song Of A Wayfarer. Each of these three vocal compositions is unique in its expression and construction, yet the frayed emotional worlds of all three works are connected by a multitude of fine threads. The Alto Rhapsody, which Brahms wrote as a wedding gift for Clara Schumann's daughter Julie, in whom he was himself in love, demonstrates with almost Wagnerian weight the anger that the disappointed Brahms must have felt while composing. The Song Of Destiny too, with its sonorous E major waves of harmony, soon announces in C minor the finiteness of existence as Hölderin's poem demands. That finally a hopeful, conciliatory - though unsure - moment lingers is reflected in the musical means. Many emotions and vagaries are emulated in Mahler's song cycle. The journeyman sets off on his wanderings in order to forget his unhappy liaison and strides through the ups and downs of mixed emotions and painful heartache. Drumrolls and march rhythms reflect the real world and sounds of nature, dissonances and a change between major and minor keys show the way from dreams, reality and feelings. The recording with Mildred Miller and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under Bruno Walter has achieved reference status and is sure of a place in the TAS Super LP List given out by The Absolute Sound.

    Musicians:


      Mildred Miller (vocals)
    • The Occidential College Concert Choir and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
    • Bruno Walter (conductor)



    Recording: June 1960 and January 1961 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood

    Production: John McClure



    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.


    Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
    Brahms: Song Of Destiny, Op. 54
    Songs Of A Wayfarer (Leider Eines Fahrenden Gesellen)
    I. Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit
    II. Ging Heut' Morgen Über's Feld
    III. Ich Hab' Ein GlÜhend' Messer
    IV. Die Zwei Blauen Augen
    Bruno Walter
    $34.99
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  • Nocturne Nocturne Quick View

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    Nocturne


    Only 2500 Numbered, Limited Edition Copies Worldwide


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes


    Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jacket


    Pressed at RTI


    On this release, Benjamin Britten conducts the London Symphony Orchestra performing Nocturne. Additionally, Peter Pears and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden perform Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes.


    Nocturne is a song cycle by Benjamin Britten, written for tenor, seven obbligato instruments and strings. The seven instruments are flute, cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, harp, French horn and timpani. Nocturne was Britten's fourth and final orchestral song cycle. It was dedicated to Alma Mahler.


    Nocturne was premiered in the Leeds Town Hall at the centenary Leeds Festival on 16 October 1958 by Peter Pears and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Rudolf Schwarz.


    The theme of the piece, as its name Nocturne suggests, is sleep and darkness, both in the literal and figurative sense. In this respect, the work is reminiscent of Britten's earlier Serenade. Unlike Serenade, Nocturne is presented as a continuous piece rather than separate movements. This is emphasized by a number of figures which occur throughout, most notably the 'rocking' string motif which opens the work. The conflicting tonal relationship between C and D-flat is also evident throughout, reflecting the contrast between the untroubled and the more perturbed aspects of sleep which are also described by Britten's choice of poems.


    Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia are from Britten's opera Peter Grimes. Both pieces are often performed together.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    LP 1 - Side A:
    1. Nocturne, Op.60 for Tenor Solo - Seven Obligato Instruments and String Orchestra (Part 1 of 2)
    LP 1 - Side B:
    1. Nocturne, Op.60 for Tenor Solo - Seven Obligato Instruments and String Orchestra (Part 2 of 2)


    LP 2 - Side C:
    Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op.33
    1. Dawn (Act I)
    2. Sunday Morning (Act II)
    3. Moonlight (Act III)
    LP 2 - Side D:
    1. Storm (Act I)
    2. Passacaglia (Act II)

    Benjamin Britten
    $54.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Das Lied von Der Erde Das Lied von Der Erde Quick View

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    Das Lied von Der Erde

    Import


    Peter Schreier, Birgit Finnila, Berlin Symphony Orchestra / Kurt Sanderling.

    1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (Schon winkt der Wein im gold'nen Pokale)
    2. Der Einsame im Herbst (Herbstnebel wallen blÄulich Überm See)
    3. Von der Jugend (Mitten in dem kleinen Teiche)
    4. Von der Schönheit (Junge MÄdchen pflÜcken Blumen)
    5. Der Trunkene im FrÜhling (Wenn nur ein Traum das Leben ist)
    6. Der Abschied (Die Sonne scheidet hinter dem Gebirge)
    Gustav Mahler
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 Mahler: Symphony No. 5 Quick View

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    Mahler: Symphony No. 5

    "Fiery, demonic and triumphant, this is one of the benchmark Bernstein recordings."-Gramophone


    As part of Deutsche Grammophon's continued commitment to making iconic recordings available on high-quality, 180-gram vinyl, the label will release Leonard Bernstein's legendary performance of Mahler's Symphony no. 5 with the Vienna Philharmonic.

    LP 1
    Part 1
    1. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt - Plötzlich schneller. Leidenschaftl
    2. StÜrmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz - Bedeutend langsamer - Tempo I subito [Live]


    LP
    Part 2
    1. Scherzo (KrÄftig, nicht zu schnell) [Live]
    Part 3
    2. Adagietto (Sehr langsam) [Live]
    3. Rondo-Finale (Allegro) [Live]

    Leonard Bernstein
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Circus Of Power (On Sale) Circus Of Power (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

    $21.99 $17.37 Save $4.62 (21%)

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    Circus Of Power (On Sale)

    Circus Of Power was a tattooed, unshaven and leather-clad biker band that played an uncompromising brand of sleaze metal. Formed in the Lower East Side of New York by Alex Mitchell (vocals), Ricky Beck Mahler (guitar), Gary Sunshine (bass) and Ryan Maher (drums), their rough and rugged New York gutter image set them apart from emerging west coast sleaze bands. They toiled in the New York bar scene for years before RCA picked up on their blues-based, AC/DC influenced brand of metal.
    1. Motor
    2. White Trash Queen
    3. Call of the Wild
    4. Needles
    5. In the Wind
    6. Heart Attack
    7. Crazy
    8. Letters Home
    9. Backseat Mama
    10. Machine
    11. Backseat Mama
    12. Motor
    13. In the Wind
    14. Dreams Tonight
    15. [Untitled]
    Circus Of Power
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  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1 In D Mahler: Symphony No. 1 In D Quick View

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    Mahler: Symphony No. 1 In D

    GUSTAV MAHLER


    Symphony No. 1

    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

    Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    Rafael Kubelik

    Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
    Symphony No.1 in D
    1. 1. Langsam. Schleppend
    2. 2. KrÄftig bewegt
    Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik


    Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
    Symphony No.1 in D
    1. 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    2. 4. StÜrmisch bewegt

    Gustav Mahler
    $25.99
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  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 In D Minor/ Forrester Mahler: Symphony No. 3 In D Minor/ Forrester Quick View

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    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 In D Minor/ Forrester


    Double 33 1/3 Gatefold LP


    Mastered By Veteran Lp Mastering Engineer Willem Makkee


    Plated And Pressed On 200-gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    Experience overwhelming sonics on this 2 LP Decca. Mahler Symphony No. 3 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta with Maureen Forrester, contralto. Considered to be one of the best Decca recordings; made in March 1978 in Royce Hall, U.S.A. by recording engineers James Lock and Simon Eadon. Mastered by noted mastering engineer Willem Makkee from the original tapes on a Neumann VMS 80 lathe.

    Side 1
    Part 1

    I KrÄftig (Part 1)


    Side 2
    I KrÄftig (conclusion)
    Part II
    II Tempo di menuetto (Violin solo: Sidney Harth)


    Side 3
    III Comodo (Posthorn solo: Robert di Vall)
    IV Sehr langsam - Misterioso "O Mensch! O Mensch!" - With MAUREEN FORRESTER, contralto


    Side 4
    V Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck "Bimm bamm" - With MAUREEN FORRESTER, contralto, The California Boys' Choir

    Zubin Mehta
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Mahler Symphony No. 1 Mahler Symphony No. 1 Quick View

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    Mahler Symphony No. 1

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


    Grammy Award Winner 1972: Best Orchestral Performance


    Carlo Giulini conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for this performance of Mahler's First Symphony on audiophile vinyl.


    Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) made his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as far back as 1955 but he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 1969, an appointment very much instigated by the Music Director of the CSO, Sir Georg Solti, who needed someone to share conducting duties whilst Solti was still running the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Giulini made several magnificent recordings with the CSO for EMI during this period, including another Grammy Award-winning recording: the Brahms Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman, available on (HIQLP033.)


    Recorded on 30 March 1971 at the Medinah Temple, Chicago, with producer Christopher Bishop and engineer Carson Taylor.


    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, making the cut a totally analogue process.


    Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.


    In the original August 1971 review in the GRAMOPHONE Edward Greenfield remarked:

    "If you want a Mahler First above all for beauty of tone and phrasing and precision of ensemble, then this is a plain first choice. In addition Giulini's qualities suit this work. For all the orchestral sophistication, he has a transparent honesty which accords well with Mahler in 'Wayfaring Lad' mood. Nor does he use the Chicago orchestra's virtuosity to whip up excitement in fast tempi... Giulini's, sumptuously beautiful all through and never merely slick and over-polished, is certainly one to add to the list of top recommendations, not least for the gorgeousness of the recorded sound... which is even richer than in the three finely-recorded rivals which I list [Solti, Kubelik and Horenstein]."


    Features:

    • Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

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

    • Superior Audiophile Pressing

    • Features Original Album Artwork


    Musicians:

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Carlo Maria Giulini


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Mahler
    Symphony No. 1 in D
    1. Langsam. Schleppend, Wie ein Naturlaut
    2. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
    3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    4. Sturmisch bewegtbewegter, wie im Anfang
    Gustav Mahler
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mahler - Symphony #3 (Speakers Corner) Mahler - Symphony #3 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mahler - Symphony #3 (Speakers Corner)

    "My symphony will be something the world has never heard before. The whole of Nature will be lent a voice in it and will impart such deep secrets as those one might imagine in one's dreams." Mahler's vision of music which reflects the world finds its monumental culmination in his Third Symphony. The god Pan awakes to dull drum beats and rumbling basses. From afar a lied theme feels its way to the fore. The mild season of Spring dawns with song, sounds of nature and the budding of vegetation; then at last Summer marches in, grotesquely distorted in its exuberance, expressing the dualism of the innocence of Nature and its terrifying primeval force. Only in the finale are these contrarieties united in glorious harmony - although an undercurrent of doubt is always present.



    Sir Georg Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra are absolutely ideal for performing this mammoth, highly complex, multi-layered work. With fairly brisk tempi, clearly differentiated strings, and the usual excellent brass, Solti gives a gripping performance which no Mahler fan should miss - even if already has other recordings of the work in his collection.



    Musicians:



    • The London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)





    Recording: January 1968 at Kingsway Hall, London by Gordon Parry and James Lock

    Production: David Harvey




    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet



    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.



    Gustav Mahler
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Schubert - Symphony 9 (Speakers Corner) Schubert - Symphony 9 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Schubert - Symphony 9 (Speakers Corner)

    This is Schubert's longest symphony, and its music has been described as heavenly. The symphony is typically and specifically Schubertian in its form, occupying a position in the history of music between Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler - right on the threshold which separates classicism from romanticism.



    It is hard to say if Josef Krips ever succeeded in making a finer recording. The presentation has a direct, unforced spontaneity, confirming that Krips had an intuitive understanding of Schubert's compositions. The orchestra plays with dynamic vivacity without ever sounding aggressive. The interpretation of the two final movements is delightful in its airy exhilaration: swaying in a dance-like rhythm, tripping lightly through virtually every key there is, and in between, in the Scherzo, the gravity of the trio. The Finale, again, is merry in character with triplets rushing past, and the listener revels in every single repetition as the magnificence of this work reveals itself.



    The inspired orchestra does full justice to the music and renders an interpretation in the Viennese tradition at its very best. This recording simply cannot be surpassed in terms of performance or sound quality - it is a must not only for the lover of Schubert's music.





    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Josef Krips (conductor)




    Recording: May 1958 at Kingsway Hall in London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson

    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: Andante
    2. First Movement: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    3. Second Movement: Andante Conmoto
    4. Third Movement: Scherzo
    5. Fourth Movement: Allegro Vivace
    Josef Krips with London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (Awaiting Repress) Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (Awaiting Repress)


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



    Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) is remembered more as an old man whose last years embraced the refinement of analogue stereo recording and the burgeoning of color television (his performances of Beethoven Symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall were captured by the BBC). As a young man though, he was at the vanguard of much of the new music of the 20th century, and was friends with Mahler (assisting at the premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony) and championed works by Janacek, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Hindemith, as well as being a composer himself. Arguably his greatest legacy is the raft of superb recordings he made for EMI from 1954 until 1971, with his interpretations of Beethoven and Brahms symphonies particularly celebrated.


    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 1972 review in the GRAMOPHONE they wrote:

    "The main object of this new recording, I imagine, is to give us [Klemperer's] commanding version of this symphony in a really up to date recording and in this HMV's engineers have been highly successful. The remastered version of his older recording still sounds very well but one has only to compare a few bars to be convinced of the greater superiority of this new edition. It has a more immediate presence which increases the impact of this magisterial reading of the score, while the extremely well defined string bass draws attention to important points one might otherwise overlook; as for example, the place in the slow movement where the accompaniment to the main tune changes from quavers into triplets... As most readers will know by now, you must take Klemperer's Beethoven on his own terms: and his own terms are both impressive, and what is more important, often extraordinarily revealing."



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

    Symphony No. 7


    Side One:

    1. 1st Movement: Poco sostenuto - Vivace

    2. 2nd Movement: Allegretto


    Side Two:

    1. 3rd Movement: Presto - Assai meno presto

    2. 4th Movement: Allegro con brio


    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) (Otto Klemperer arrangements)

    Gavotte with Six variations

    Otto Klemperer
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  • Mahler: Symphony No.5 In C Sharp Minor; Kindertotenlieder Mahler: Symphony No.5 In C Sharp Minor; Kindertotenlieder Quick View

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    Mahler: Symphony No.5 In C Sharp Minor; Kindertotenlieder

    Classics Today writes: "This is a work that plays to Karajan's strengths. Primarily, it demands supreme virtuosity from the orchestral strings and brass. Karajan and his Berliners are in their element here. It almost goes without saying that this version of the Adagietto is the most gorgeous in the catalog." Christa Ludwig joins von Karajan in a benchmark recording of Mahler's song cycle 'Kindertotenlieder.'
    1. Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp minor
    2. Kindertotenlider
    Herbert Von Karajan
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  • Copland - Appalachian Spring / Billy The Kid (Speakers Corner) Copland - Appalachian Spring / Billy The Kid (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Copland - Appalachian Spring / Billy The Kid (Speakers Corner)

    Aaron Copland is among those Americans whose compositions have found worldwide recognition. Measured against his long lifespan (1900-1990), his creative phase was relatively short, and indeed he hardly composed at all from the Sixties onwards. His most important works were his answer to the musical crisis of the Thirties, and he has gone down in history as having greatly influenced the development of New Music in the USA.



    The ballets Appalachian Spring (1944) and Billy the Kid (1938) are considered to be key works of their day. Both have folkloric traits, which brought Copland the reputation of having a penchant for borrowed melodies. In reality, the well-known tunes are very subtly treated and modified, and are incorporated into large-scale, defined forms. Now and again, melodic echoes of Mahler's music or highly rhythmic exposed passages reminiscent of Stravinsky flash through. The ballet Billy the Kid is thoroughly American. Arranged in orchestral 'wide-screen sound', as it were, cowboy melodies glow with the very best Wild West tradition, and are bedded in a dramaturgy which is almost ripe for a film soundtrack. The signal to Hollywood is virtually unmistakable. That is America.




    Recording: June 1961 by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz

    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and 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.



    Copland: Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid - The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati
    Antal Dorati with the London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes

    Claudio Abbado is one of those rare conductors who seem to get more youthful and enquiring with age, while at the same time his music-making takes on an ever greater profundity. - Daily Telegraph, London


    Abbado has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon since 1967, amassing a discography that includes the entire symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Ravel and more than 20 complete opera recordings.


    Claudio Abbado conducting the London Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky's Firebird and Jeu De Cartes.

    Side 1:


    1. Introduction

    2. L'oiseau de feu et sa danse / The Firebird's Dance / Der Feuervogel und sein Tanz/The Firebird and its Dance

    3. Variation de l'oiseau de feu / Variation: Der Feuervogel / Variation of the Firebird

    4. Ronde des princesses /Reigen der Prinzessinnen / The Princesses' Round

    5. Danse infernale du roi Kastchei / Hollentanz des Konigs Kaschtschei / Infernal Dance of King Kastchei's

    6. Berceuse / Wiegenlied / Lullaby

    7. Finale


    Side 2:


    Jeu De Cartes / Kartenspiel / Card Game (1936) Ballet en trois donnes / Ballett in drei Runden / Ballet in Three Deals


    1. Premiere donne / Erste Runde / First Deal (Alla breve - Moderato assai - Tranquillo)

    2. Deuxieme donne / Zweite Runde / Second Deal (Alla breve - Marcia - Variazioni I-V - Coda - Marcia

    3. Troisieme donne / Dritte Runde / Third Deal (Alla breve - Valse - Presto - Tempo del principio)


    Igor Stravinsky
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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