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  • Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini/ Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini/ Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain Quick View

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    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini/ Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!

    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

    One of the most popular and successful pieces of music written for piano. This album also has the benefit of being one of the best sounding LPs ever made. Side 2 is a very fine Nights In The Gardens Of Spain.

    Sergey Rachmaninoff:
    Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43; conducted by Fritz Reiner and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    Manuel de Falla:
    Nights In The Garden of Spain; conducted by Enrique Jorda and performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Quick View

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    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor

    Vladimir Ashkenazy is the unrivaled master of the piano music of Sergei Rachmaninoff . . . Extremely good - thoughtful and dignified. -Gramophone
    1. Moderato - Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18
    2. Adagio sostenuto - Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18
    3. Allegro scherzando - Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18
    4. Etude-Tableau in C Minor, Op.39, No.1
    5. Etude-Tableau in A Minor, Op.39, No.2
    6. Etude-Tableau in E Flat Minor, Op.39, No.5
    Vladimir Ashkenazy / Kiril Kondrashin
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner) Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner)

    The Second Piano Concerto represents Rachmaninoff's escape from a crisis lasting several years during which he experienced one catastrophe after another. At the suggestion of his psychiatrist, who had prophesied that he would write wonderful music, he turned once again to the work - and it brought him his greatest success to that date. Although the piano writing demands enormous technical dexterity, the composer was apparently not solely aiming at producing a virtuosic showpiece, since the piano part clings snugly to the orchestra like an accompaniment for long stretches, although it does triumph powerfully here and there for good measure.

    Once again, Byron Janis - whose brilliant interpretations of Rachmaninoff's repertory have influenced whole generations of pianists - has made a benchmark recording in which he alagamates tremendous energy with great tranquility. He revels in the late-Romantic ecstatic harmonies, dazzles us with his transparent presentation of the internal structures, and displays great vigour in the weighty themes. The emotional middle movement is also glorious in that Janis enjoys to the full the interplay of passion and reverie with expansive chords and dark-hued tonalities.

    Recording: April 1960 at the Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minnesota, USA, 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.

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18
    Two Preludes For Piano Solo
    E Flat Major, Opus 23, No. 6
    C Sharp Minor, Opus 3, No. 2
    Byron Janis and Minneapolis Symphony
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances Quick View

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    Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

    Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the most beloved composers of the 2oth century. His music is redolent of his Russian homeland, and it sings long, lush melodies that define the term romantic. Everyone who knows and loves his piano concertos will enjoy these lyrical and dynamic works for orchestra. The Symphonic Dances in recent years have become one of Rachmaninoffs most-performed scores. Vocalise is one of the great classical melodies, and is hummable by everyone. Grammy nominated in 2003 for Best Engineered Album - Classical; Keith O. Johnson, engineer.

    This may be some of the best sound Keith Johnson has ever gotten out of Symphony Hall in Minneapolis, and certainly Oue's most convincing work with the Minnesota players, who sound for all the world more like the Philadelphia than that orchestra does these days. How Johnson got that huge climax at the end of the Dances cleanly onto tape transcends engineering and goes into the realm of magic. - Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound

    No one can approach Reference Recordings' unparalleled sound in this music. The sweet liquid presence of the high end, especially the critical massed strings, approaches perfection when it blends with RR's characteristic ambient soundstage, fine inner detail and bass impact. - Arthur B. Lintgen, The Absolute Sound

    Even by the exalted standards one has come to expect from Reference Recordings, this is something extraordinary. This is the kind of recording that gives one renewed faith in the possibility of reproducing the power and beauty of an orchestra in a home environment, the kind of thing that makes audio worthwhile. Not to be missed. - Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound

    The recording is once again absolutely stunning, brilliant and plushy at the same time, unequaled by another label in this piece. Peter Aczel, The Audio Critic

    Overall, the sound is the best Ive ever heard from Reference Recordings. That also means that overall theres none better that you can currrently purchase. You don't need any more details, just trust me and run out and buy it. Karl Lozier,

    Once again, Keith Johnson has raised the bar of excellence in the recording of a symphony orchestra. It's a fabulous recording and a super performance of the Symphonic Dances, and a testament to the brilliance of Keith Johnson and his associates. - Anthony Kershaw,

    1. Symphonic Dances - Non Allegro
    2. Symphonic Dances - Andante Con Moto (Tempo di valse)
    3. Symphonic Dances - Lento Assai
    4. Vocalise
    6. Etudes-Tableaux - The Sea And The Seagulls
    6. Etudes-Tableaux - The Fair
    7. Etudes-Tableaux - Funeral March
    8. Etudes-Tableaux - Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf
    9. Etudes-Tableaux - March
    Eiji Oue
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Symphonic Dances & Vocalise Symphonic Dances & Vocalise Quick View

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    Symphonic Dances & Vocalise

    Donald Johanos conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Little needs to be said about this audiophile classic. Known for its demonstration qualities with very low, deep bass and overall smooth and warm sound. Mastered at AcousTech by Kevin Gray and pressed on virgin vinyl at Pallas in Germany.

    The tape recording was made at a speed of 30 inches-per-second, using a transport modified to produce exceptionally good motion: a specially developed constant-velocity recording curve was employed for improved signal-to-noise ratio. The lacquer masters were made directly from the original tape, thus avoiding further transfer degradation. The result is a recording of exceptional clarity, naturalness and freedom from vices prevalent generally in the art. - original liner notes

    Symphonic Dances for Orchestra
    Non Allegro
    Andante con Moto: Tempo di Valse
    Lento Assai; Allegro Vivace
    Vocalise for Orchestra, Op. 34, No. 14
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin 45 RPM Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Reiner Sound The Reiner Sound Quick View

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    The Reiner Sound

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!

    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

    Grade: A+. As good as this record has ever sounded. Liquidly beautiful string and wind tone, very deep and powerful bass (although the orchestra occasionally overloads the mics or mic preamps, as it does on the original RCA pressings), sensational dynamics on both the Ravel Rapsodie and the Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead (with some of the lifelike ease you usually only hear on reel-to-reel tape), and astonishing preservation of inner detail (some of which I haven't heard before this clearly on vinyl or digital). - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute, June 11, 2013

    Yet another giant of the Living Stereo series. The Isle Of The Dead is a truly awesome orchestral spectacular with dynamic peaks that will stun most listeners. Also included is the equally stirring version of Rhapsodie Espagnole.

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

    Rapsodie Espagnole
    Pavan for a Dead Princess

    Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

    Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Arpeggione Sonata Arpeggione Sonata Quick View

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    Arpeggione Sonata

    All Analogue AAA Recording

    Mastered by Kevin Gray from the Original Analogue Tapes

    Pressed at Pallas in Germany

    This release features Gary Karr performing with Harmon Lewis on piano for a group of classical pieces, folk songs, and carols by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, and more.

    Although it features Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, the gem on this recording is a Canadian folksong, When I Wake Up in the Morning. It has been a staple encore piece of the Karr/Lewis Duo for 30 years since they lived in Nova Scotia.

    Gary Karr, acclaimed as the world's leading solo bassist (Time Magazine), is, in fact, the first solo doublebassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. It is a career that adds new lustre to his already lustrous 1611 Amati doublebass which was given to him by the widow of Serge Koussevitzky.

    Since his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1962, Karr has performed as soloist on six continents with orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra (Caracas, Venezuela), Jerusalem Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and with all the major orchestras of Australia.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Arpeggione Sonata
    1. 1st Mov.: Allegro moderato
    2. 2nd Mov.: Adagio
    3. 3rd Mov.: Allegretto

    Segei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
    4. Vocalise, Op.34 No.14

    Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
    5. Le Cygne

    Scott Joplin (1867-1917)
    6. The Entertainer

    Rentaro Taki (1879-1903)
    7. Kojo No Tsuki
    8. When I Wake Up In The Morning

    Three Catalonian Carols
    9. El Noi De La Mare
    10. Fum, Fum, Fum
    11. El Cant Dels Ocells

    Gary Karr
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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