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  • Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner) Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner)

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



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



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



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





    Musicians:



    • Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

    • Benjamin Britten (piano)






    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Mstislav Rostropovich
    $34.99
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  • Schubert: String Quintet in C D956 Schubert: String Quintet in C D956 Quick View

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    Schubert: String Quintet in C D956

    When not composing songs, Franz Schubert was most at home with chamber music, not because he was a miniaturist, but because his most profound thoughts were most readily contained by smaller, more concentrated ensembles. His Quintet in C--by far the great work ever written for a string quartet with an extra cello--shows him at his summit with an ethereal second movement that often communicates the sense of spiritual suspended animation that the minimalists strive for but don't often achieve. The Emerson Quartet might seem a bit edgy for this assignment, but instead, the quartet delivers one of the best recordings of its career. Instead of just being swept away by its rapturous lyricism, the quartet probes the emotional depths and meaning of the music's gestures in concentrated, deeply felt performances. The piece is clearly a particular favorite of guest cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (he has recorded it several times before), but like most good chamber players, his presence isn't heard so much as it's felt. Perhaps he is responsible for the particular warmth of this performance. --David Patrick Stearns
    1. Allegro ma non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Scherzo. Presto. Trio. Andante sostenuto
    4. Allegretto - Più allegro
    Franz Schubert / Emerson String Quartet / Rostropovitch
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  • Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa Quick View

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    Tabula Rasa

    The Berlin based Estonian Arvo PÄrt is one of the most important composers of the post-war era. His postmodern style is equally inspired by traditional as by new methods and has earned him the reputation of being a visionary.


    Tabula Rasa stands as one of his most widely-performed compositions, as well as a fine example of his mature style. At once reverent, bleak and timeless, rich with otherwordly harmonies, Tabula Rasa aptly displays exactly why Arvo PÄrt is regarded as one of the most exceptional composers of the late 20th century.


    This 2LP set from Vinyl Passion includes: Tabula Rasa - Concerto for 2 Violins, Prepared Piano and String Orchestra (1971); Symphony No. 1 'Poliphonic' (1964); Collage On The Theme B-A-C-H (1964); and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. To Mstislav Rostropovich (1966).

    LP1:
    Tabula Rasa: Concerto for 2 Violins, Prepared Piano and String Orchestra (1971)
    1. Ludus
    2. Silentium


    LP2
    Symphony No. 1 'Poliphonic' (1964)
    1. Kanons
    2. Prelude and Fugue
    Collage On The Theme B-A-C-H (1964)
    3. Toccata
    4. Sarabande
    5. Ricercar
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. To Mstislav Rostropovich (1966)
    6. Maestoso
    7. Largo
    8. Allegro

    Arvo Part
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  • Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano and Cello (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano and Cello (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano and Cello (Speakers Corner)

    Possessing a complete recording of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas gives far more satisfaction than merely having the set to fill the shelves. On the one hand it offers one the opportunity to compare Beethoven's art of composition at various stages in his life. And on the other hand one can already recognise in the early Opus 5 how he breaks with the traditional sonata in which the solo instrument merely provides an accompaniment and treats the two instruments as equal partners in the creation of the movements.



    Richter and Rostropovich devote themselves to their task with verve and freshness. The two early works are marked by the rich and full sound of the cello and an elegantly performed piano part, while the two Russian musicians foster a contemplative, introverted style in the A major Sonata. This respectful approach also lends itself well to the C major Sonata where the free, fantasia-like character with wide-ranging shading is shown off to advantage. Beethoven's break with the traditional sonata-form layout is carried to extremes in the D major Sonata, where the cello ignores the powerful theme on the piano in the first movement. The work's brittleness is effectively revealed by the two musicians in the transition from the sensitive Adagio to the austere, freely worked final Fugato, while their resolute and analytical approach to the work and technical prowess on their instruments is highly rewarding.



    Musicians:



    • Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

    • Sviatoslav Richter (piano)



    Recording: June 1962 at RosenhÜgel Studios, Vienna, and July 1961 at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, by C.R. Fine

    Production: 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.


    1. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 in F, Op. 5 No. 1

    2. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No.2
    3. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 3 in A, op. 69
    4. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 4 in C, op. 102 No. 1
    5. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 5 in D, op. 102 No. 2
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    $69.99
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  • Cello Concertos Cello Concertos Quick View

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    Cello Concertos

    The greatest cellist of modern time -- well, who could argue with a statement like that? After all, Mstislav Rostropovich is a supreme virtuoso, a charismatic performer, and a sublime interpreter and virtually every one of his recordings is as good as it gets for the repertoire. The key word, of course, is virtually: while Rostropovich's Dvorák concerto with Karajan, his Beethoven sonatas with Richter, his Brahms sonatas with Serkin, and above all his Shostakovich sonata with Shostakovich are definitive, can one say the same of his Boccherini, Vivaldi, and Tartini concertos with Paul Sacher? Or could one say that Rostropovich does not so much play the music of the great Italian Baroque composers as overwhelm it, that his virtuosity, his charisma, and his interpretations are more than the music can bear and that the listener is left not with fond memories of the music but instead with the overpowering impression of an unstoppable musical personality having his way with the music. The results are initially awe-inspiring but may ultimately prove to some to be empty. Accompanied -- the more appropriate word might be enabled -- by Sacher and the Collegium Musicum ZÜrich, the greatest cellist of modern times came, saw, and conquered the finest cello concertos of Baroque times. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to the listener.

    - All Music Guide


    Musicians:

    Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

    Side 1:
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Concerto for Violoncello and Strings No. 2 in D major
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro


    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Continuo in C major (P. 31)
    4. Allego
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro


    Side 2:
    Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
    Concerto for Violoncello and Strings in A major
    1. Allegro
    2. Larghetto
    3. Allegro assai


    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Continuo in G Major (P. 120)
    4. Allegro
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro

    Antonio Vivaldi
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  • J.S. Bach Suite For Cello Solo J.S. Bach Suite For Cello Solo Quick View

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    J.S. Bach Suite For Cello Solo

    Audiophile 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl Cut at Emil Berliner Studio


    Pressed at Pallas in Germany


    Mastered from the Original Masters of Universal Music


    Cellist Mischa Maisky performs Cello Solo Suites 1-6 by J.S. Bach on this 180g 3LP Box Set.


    Born in 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mischa Maisky received his first music lessons there at the Children's Music School and Conservatory. In 1962 he entered the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1965 his debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic earned him the nickname "Rostropovich of the Future". One year later he was a prizewinner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and began his studies with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory while pursuing a concert career throughout the former Soviet Union. After being imprisoned in a labour camp near Gorky for 18 months in 1970, he emigrated from the USSR.


    In 1974, he studies with the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, thus becoming the only cellist to have studied with both Piatigorsky and Rostropovich.


    In 1985, he signed his first exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon where recorded Schumann's Concerto with Bernstein and the Wiener Philharmoniker (released 1986) and Bach's Cello Sonatas with Martha Argerich and Bach's Six Solo Suites.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    LP 1 - Side A:
    Suite For Cello Solo No. 1
    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Menuet I-II
    6. Gigue
    Side B:
    Suite For Cello No. 2
    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Menuet I-II
    6. Gigue


    LP 2
    Side C:
    Suite For Cello No. 3
    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Bouree I-II
    6. Gigue
    Side D:
    Suite For Cello No. 4
    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Bouree I-II
    6. Gigue


    LP 3
    Side E:
    Suite For Cello No. 5
    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Gavotte I-II
    6. Gigue
    Side F:
    Suite For Cello No. 6
    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande
    5. Menuet I-II
    6. Gigue

    Mischa Maisky
    $99.99
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  • Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 Quick View

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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1

    This key recording is being released on double LP as part of the celebration of Rostropovich - Cellist of the Century.
    LP 1
    1. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro
    2. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: II. Adagio ma non troppo


    LP 2
    1. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
    2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: Allegro non troppo
    3. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: Allegretto con moto
    4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: Allegro non troppo

    Mstislav Rostropovich
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  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite / String Quartet Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite / String Quartet Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite / String Quartet

    Nutcracker Suite, op. 71a

    String Quartet No. 1 op. 11 - Andante cantabile

    (Orchestral Version)

    Capriccio italien


    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Mstislav Rostropovich

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
    Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a
    1. Miniature Overture
    2. March
    3. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
    4. Russian Dance (Trepak)
    5. Arabian Dance (Coffee)
    6. Chinese Dance (Tea)
    7. Dance of the Reed-Pipes (Merlitons)
    8. Waltz of the Flowers
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich


    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
    String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11
    orchestral version
    1. 2. Andante cantabile
    Members of Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich
    2. Capriccio italien, Op.45

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $25.99
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  • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon Quick View

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    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon

    Deutsche Grammophon is the world's largest and most successful classical music label with a history stretching back to the dawn of recorded sound in 1898. To accompany their 111-CD box set, this limited edition box set features six classic recordings presented on high quality vinyl. Featuring performances by FurtwÄngler, Rostropovich, Böhm, Bernstein, Karajan, Mutter and more - this box represents the highest quality music presented in the highest quality audio.
    LP 1
    1. Haydn - Symphony No. 88 in G major - Adagio
    2. Haydn - Symphony No. 88 in G major - Largo
    3. Haydn - Symphony No. 88 in G major - Menuetto (Allegretto)
    4. Haydn - Symphony No. 88 in G major - Finale (Allegro con spirito)
    5. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
    6. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
    7. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - Scherzo
    8. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - Langsam - Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto


    LP 2
    1. Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Allegro
    2. Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Adagio ma non troppo
    3. Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Finale (Allegro moderato)
    4. Tchaikovsky - Variations on A Rococo Theme, Op. 33


    LP 3
    1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem in D minor


    LP 4
    1. Brahms - Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 - Allegro nono troppo
    2. Brahms - Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 - Adagio
    3. Brahms - Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 - Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piu presto


    LP 5
    1. Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
    2. Chopin - Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38
    3. Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A flat, Op. 47
    4. Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
    5. Chopin - Barcarolle in F Sharp, Op. 60
    6. Chopin - Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49


    LP 6
    1. Mahler - Symphony No. 1 in D (Live at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1987) - Langsam. Schleppend
    2. Mahler - Symphony No. 1 in D (Live at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1987) - Kraftig bewegt
    3. Mahler - Symphony No. 1 in D (Live at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1987) - Feierlich und gemessen
    4. Mahler - Symphony No. 1 in D (Live at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1987) - Sturmisch bewegt

    Various Artists
    $109.99
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  • Beethoven Triple Concerto (Awaiting Repress) Beethoven Triple Concerto (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Beethoven Triple Concerto (Awaiting Repress)

    Oistrakh, Rostropovich and Richter join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan for a truly legendary recording event!


    EMI waited many years to get these legendary artists together for this recording and the result was one of the greatest recordings this work has ever received.


    Produced by Peter Andry and pressed on 180g Audiophile Vinyl.


    This latest issue has been newly cut at EMI's Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo EMI Master tapes.


    Even in these days of star-studded casting on record, the line-up for this latest version of the Triple Concerto is nothing short of breathtaking. So breathtaking I was worried that my expectations would run ahead of all possible achievement. But not so. This is a marvelous performance that will clearly remain a classic for years to come. - Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, September 1970


    Features:
    180g Audiophile Vinyl

    Cut from original EMI Master Tapes at EMI's Abbey Road Studios

    Features original album artwork, including original insert of notes


    Musicians:

    David Oistrakh, violin

    Sviatoslav Richter, piano

    Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Herbert von Karajan, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Triple Concerto
    Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56
    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Rondo alla Polacca
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    $34.99
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  • Schubert: Trout Quintet Schubert: Trout Quintet Quick View

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    Schubert: Trout Quintet

    Sviatoslav Richter is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, renowned for his virtuoso technique and the depth of his interpretations. Dmitri Shostakovich said about him: "Richter is an extraordinary phenomenon. The enormity of his talent staggers and enraptures. All the phenomena of musical art are accessible to him." He trained at the Moscow Conservatory under Heinrich Neuhaus, who considered Richter "already a complete artist, who had the ability to build a piece so that it seemed to lie before him like an immense landscape, revealed to the eye at a single glance.


    The Borodin Quartet was founded in 1945 at the Moscow Conservatoire - the first cellist a certain Mstislav Rostropovich was replaced after few weeks by Valentin Berlinsky - was also close to Shostakovich, who personally consulted them on each of his quartets. The Borodin Quartet, celebrated for penetrating phrase and warm sound, was Richter favorite chamber music partner.


    Georg Hörtnagel is a German double bassist who used to play with Bayerische Staatsoper during the Georg Solti era.


    About this Austrian live recording from June 1980 GRAMOPHONE said: "This is a performance of high quality. Sviatoslav Richter in particular precisely catches the cheerful mood of the music and the underlying shadows of which one should sometimes be conscious, and he plays those simple tunes in octaves so freshly that you'd think he'd only just discovered their charms."

    1. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: I. Allegro vivace
    2. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: II. Andante
    3. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: III. Scherzo (Presto)
    4. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: IV. Tema (Andantino)
    5. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: V. Finale (Allegro giusto)
    Sviatoslav Richter
    $24.99
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  • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner) Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner)

    The world of music expects something special from the dedicatees of major compositions, especially when the honoured person himself performs the work either on stage or in the recording studio. Among such personages is Mstislav Rostropovich, the great maestro of the cello, who studied and successfully collaborated with Dmitri Shostakovich while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory and who later gave the premiere performances of his Cello Concertos.



    The Cello Concerto No. 2 from 1966 was composed around the same time as the highly emotional choral Symphonies Nos. 13 and 14 and displays a similar character of gloom and grim drama. The soloist presents the dark theme out of the depths and soon enters into brighter regions full of aggressive layers of sound. A wild conflict between soloist and orchestra follows, whereby the forced gaiety of the cello rages.
    As a contrast, the soloist is in perfect harmony with the piano in Glazunov's Chant du MÉnestrel. Supported by warm chords, Rostropovich lets his instrument soar to the heights in a cultivated and thoughtful fashion and proves once again that he is truly a great interpreter of Russian music.




    Recording: August 1975 at Boston Symphony Hall by Hans-Peter Schweigmann

    Production: Thomas Mowrey




    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.

    Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2
    Alexander Glazounov: Chant du Menestrel - Mstislav Rostropovich and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa
    Dmitri Shostakovitch
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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