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  • Respighi - Ancient Dances (Speakers Corner) Respighi - Ancient Dances (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Respighi - Ancient Dances (Speakers Corner)

    The common practice in concert houses today of performing early music on modern orchestral instruments is owed largely to the endeavors of Ottorino Respighi. His free transcription of Renaissance works for the lute (1932) opened the way to the rediscovery of forgotten rhythms and timbres. Although Respighi altered the structure of the music by dissecting phrases right down to their basic elements, re-ordering them and redefining their sonority by the use of heavy brass and timpani, the art of the ancient maestri remained unscathed. Cadences and harmonic idioms are given a modern coloring at the most, but are never destroyed. Antal Dorati and his famous Philharmonia Hungarica have all that is needed to bring the score to life. Even in opulent passages the individual instruments can be heard distinctly. This works particularly well in the first two suites in which each movement is treated to a process of refinement by means of differing orchestration. That the third suite, written purely for stringed instruments, soars away, just like the proverbial Aeolian harp is only to be expected from this orchestra.




    Recording: June 1958 at the large hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria, by C.R. Fine

    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.



    Suite 1 for Orchestra
    Suite 2 for Orchestra
    Suite 3 for Strings
    Antal Dorati with Hungary Philharmonic
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Respighi - Birds - Brazilian Impressions (Speakers Corner) Respighi - Birds - Brazilian Impressions (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Respighi - Birds - Brazilian Impressions (Speakers Corner)

    It was Respighis fascination with ancient dances and songs that inspired him to write his bird suite. His great love for such music makes itself felt in every single movement of this work. While Respighi imbued each of the bird portraits with his very own sound colouring typical of his time, there is an original masterpiece by a Renaissance or Baroque composer lurking in the background.



    The marchlike 'Intrada', based on a piece by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710), is further refined by a gradual building-up of the instrumental apparatus and comes to a final climax full of pomp and glory in which the brass are given prominence.



    Ornithological elements are easily identified in the movements which follow: the doves cooing and billing is are underlined by a sighing, rhythmic base; the hen is heard clucking with a characteristic motif, and the song of the nightingale is brought to us by the flute over a mysterious murmuring on the low strings. The cuckoo is then heard, followed by a repeat of the initial theme, thus bringing to perfect completion 'Gli Ucelli' ('The Birds'), a colourful bird show which knows no rival in modern music.



    The 'Impressioni brasiliano' ('Brazilian Impressions') is also a seldom heard jewel in both the concert hall and on record. Although the three-movement work has a subtle rhythm which runs throughout the work, it is far removed from the well-known 'Europeanised' samba adaptations which are so often heard. The suite is remarkable for its tender, impressionistic colouring which demands to be heard time and time again.




    Recording: July 1957 in Watford Town Hall, London, by C.R. Fine

    Production: Wilma Cozart 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.



    Antal Dorati with London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome Quick View

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    Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome

    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. The exceedingly rare 1s/1s pressing of this disc has been celebrated and sought after ever since Carol B. Kessler wrote her famous article in TAS on the best RCAs (she ranked the 1s/1s Pines the #3 RCA of all-time). If you don't have a 1s/1s pressing, you will doubtlessly find this remastering sensational. Since I do have a 1s/1s, I'd have to say that there are aspects of the 1s/1s that are marginally superior to the Analogue Productions reissue - and vice versa. Though beautiful, string tone doesn't seem quite as silken on the Kassem reissue as it does on the RCA original; on the other hand, the staggeringly powerful bass on The Pines of the Appian Way (replete with gong and organ) retains all of its thunder and then some on the Analogue Productions re-pressing with, once again, a fair measure of tape-like ease and authority. (As with The Reiner Sound, the base is a little murky in spots, probably the results of mic preamp overload. In any event that occasional murkiness is also present on the 1s/1s and the Classic reissue.) - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have - the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early '60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass - nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.

    1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. Pines Near a Catacomb
    3. The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. The Pines of the Appian Way
    5. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
    6. The Triton Fountain at Morning
    7. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
    8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered From The Original Master Tape - Now Available Cut At 45 RPM! By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    Deluxe Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have - the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early '60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass - nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.

    LP 1
    1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. Pines Near a Catacomb
    3. The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. The Pines of the Appian Way


    LP 2
    1. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
    2. The Triton Fountain at Morning
    3. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
    4. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

    Fritz Reiner
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Strauss & Respighi Sonatas for Violin & Piano (Awaiting Repress) Strauss & Respighi Sonatas for Violin & Piano (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Strauss & Respighi Sonatas for Violin & Piano (Awaiting Repress)

    Audiophile 180g Vinyl Cut at Emil Berliner Studio!


    Pressed at Pallas in Germany!


    Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung and pianist Krystian Zimerman perform sonatas for violin & piano by composers Richard Strauss and Ottorino Respighi.


    Features:

    Audiopihle 180g Vinyl

    Cut at Emil Berliner Studio

    Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany


    Musicians:

    Kyung-Wha Chung, violin

    Krystian Zimerman, piano


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Richard Strauss
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat Major, Op. 18
    1. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
    2. Improvisation. Andante Cantabile
    3. Finale. Andante-Allegro


    Ottorino Respighi
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor
    4. Moderato
    5. Andante Espressivo
    6. (Passacaglia). Allegro Moderato Ma Eneergico

    Richard Strauss
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Respighi Ancient Dances And Airs For Lute (Pre-Order) Respighi Ancient Dances And Airs For Lute (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Respighi Ancient Dances And Airs For Lute (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!


    The Philharmonia Hungarica conducted by Antal Dorati conducts the Philharmonia Hungarica in performing Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute by Respighi.


    Legendary Mercury Living Presence classical music album pressed on Audiophile Quality 45rpm 180g vinyl.


    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:

    Philharmonia Hungarica

    Antal Dorati, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) - Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute
    1. Suite No. 1 (for Orchestra)
    2. Suite No.2 (for Orchestra)
    3. Suite No. 3 (for Strings)
    Antal Dorati & The Philharmonia Hungarica
    $54.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Respighi: Belkis, Queen Of Sheba Suite, Pines Of Rome Respighi: Belkis, Queen Of Sheba Suite, Pines Of Rome Quick View

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    Respighi: Belkis, Queen Of Sheba Suite, Pines Of Rome


    Grammy-nominated: Best Engineered Album, Classical


    200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    Beautiful Gatefold Jacket


    Selected By Soundstage!.com As Best Audiophile Recording, 2001


    Que plays each piece to the hilt; I cannot imagine more precise, more lovingly conducted performances. As for the recording, I'm running out of superlatives - it is brilliant and weighty, with tremendous undistorted dynamics. - Peter Aczel, The Audio Critic


    Respighi has not sounded like this on disc since - well, let's say since never before ... Of the seven Que/Minnesota CDs I know, this is easily the grandest, musically as well as sonically. - Roger Dettmer, Classical CD Reviews


    Dazzling orchestral colors, is one one way to describe the music of Ottorino Respighi. Belkis, Queen of Sheba was conceived as an evening-long ballet with singing whose lavishness has kept it from view since its La Scala premiere. This is only the second recording of a suite prepared by the composer - for the first time with the tenor solo (sung by Chad Shelton), and with the movements in the correct order. The music's oriental perfumes and barbaric splendor guarantee the enthusiasm of anyone who hears it. Respighi's greatest hit The Pines of Rome (with extra brasses and organ!) bring a dazzling conclusion to this unusual, inventive program.

    1. The Pines of Rome
    2. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    3. The Pines Near A Catacomb
    4. The Pines of the Janiculum
    5. The Pines of the Appian Way
    6. Belkis, Queen of Sheba-Suite
    7. Solomon's Dream
    8. The Dance of Belkis at Dawn
    9. War Dance
    10. Orgiastic Dance (Chad Shelton, tenor)
    Eiji Oue
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM) Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM)

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered From The Original Master Tape - Now Available Cut At 45 RPM! By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    The jewel in the Living Stereo crown. Enchantment awaits within! Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony convey the listener on a magic carpet of Living Stereo sound to mythic Arabia and China, guided by two of Russia's greatest orchestral masters.


    This, like the Respighi, is considered one of the very best recordings by Reiner, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and RCA's crew. A disc of supple and sensuous performances, the sound alternately shimmers and stuns with the clarity of its definition and intensity of its climaxes.

    1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
    2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
    4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Quick View

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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

    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+. Another one of HP's favorites, this LP (at least in its earliest pressings) is famously wonderful sounding, and the Analogue Productions version certainly lives up to the hype. Once again string tone - and this disc is celebrated for its string tone - is ravishingly beautiful. The bass is astonishingly deep and authoritative. And the dynamics are tremendous. In sum, I highly recommend all of these celebrated RCAs in their Analogue Productions reissues. They will cost you $30 a disc, which is a more-than-fair price considering that they are, IMO, uniformly superb (yes, better than the Classic Record versions). - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    We compared this new 200-gram, 33 RPM LP from Analogue Productions with the original RCA Living Stereo issue and Classic Records' 33 RPM version, and were surprised at the outcome. Why? Because to these ears, the new Analogue Productions version was the more relaxed and natural sounding of the bunch. The sound is as it should be, inviting the listener into the music and entirely constant with Reiner's readings. ... If ever there were a must-have LP in the recent wave of audiophile vinyl reincarnations, this is it. Treat yourself and thank (Analogue Productions' Chad) Kassem for doing it the justice it deserves. - Harry Pearson, HP Soundings, May 2013.


    Without a doubt, the AP pressing sounds much more natural than the Classic Records reissue; the sound is simply less forced, as if the notes and rhythms have more air to explore, more ambient Hall to reverberate, and more of the acoustic envelope to reveal. ... the vinyl is so damn quiet, you can turn it up without any hesitation ... The solo violin is the heart of this recording and it's supposed to sound seductive, and on this reissue, it does. One thing if for certain, there is a lot more information coming through than on the original. The AP pressing takes the simplistic approach of the Chesky, but with a more developed sound, making the Chesky appear a bit more subdued by comparison. ... If you are interested in hearing this classic RCA in all of its natural glory, you needn't look any further than Chad Kassem's latest offering. If this is any indication of Analogue Production's current batch of RCA reissues (approximately 24 more on the way), it just may be a new golden age for the modern vinyl listener. - Joey Weiss, HP Soundings, May 2013


    The second movement is just ravishing in the beauty of the Chicago's playing and Reiner's romantic approach; there is some staccato triple-tonguing done by trumpeter Adolph Herseth in the fourth movement that should leave you, if not him, breathless. But let is just be said that, after you hear this, no other Scheherazade will ever replace it in your affections. HP's The Golden Dozen LPs - Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2007


    The jewel in the Living Stereo crown. This, like the Respighi, is considered one of the very best LPs by Reiner, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and RCA's crew. Another Mohr and Layton classic.

    1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
    2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
    4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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