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  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Speakers Corner) Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Speakers Corner)

    Russia in the year 1953. After the October Revolution this was probably one of the most eventful epochs in the whole of the 20th century as far as social development and Art were concerned. When Stalin's reign of terror at last came to an end Shostakovich was able to realize his artistic ideas without fear of political persecution. And this is precisely the reason for regarding the premiere performance of his Tenth Symphony, in December 1953, as a gesture of freedom after years of discrimination. Shostakovich wanted his music to reflect human feelings and passions - and indeed the rugged first movement is filled with melancholy. Many biographers have identified a brutal portrait of the dictator Stalin in the strained mechanism and whip-lash rhythm of the following Allegro. The third and fourth movements take on a brighter character and are filled with song-like melody which leads to a splendid Finale.



    Herbert von Karajan and his Berlin orchestra made the present recording just a few years after the work's composition; even today it is still considered one of the very best performances of this unique work.




    Recording: November 1966 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by GÜnter Hermanns and Hans Weber


    Production: Otto Gerdes





    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 (1906-1975)
    Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
    1. Moderato
    2. Allegro
    3. Allegretto
    4. Andante - Allegro
    Herbert Von Karajan
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  • Shostakovich: The Jazz Album Shostakovich: The Jazz Album Quick View

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    Shostakovich: The Jazz Album

    Chailly's direction is good-humoured and affectionate, his Royal Concertgebouw players sound at home in every bar and the recording is both clean and ambient. -Gramophone, 2010


    Presented with original artwork and pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl at Optimal.

    1. Jazz Suite No.1
    2. Piano Concerto No.1 For Piano, Trumpet & Strings, Op.35
    3. Jazz Suite No.2
    4. Tahiti Trot
    Riccardo Chailly
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  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner)

    Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 is one of just a handful of traditional Russian works that have advanced to become a celebrated repertoire piece in the area of conflict between socialist artistic realism and conservative modernism. Although, in contrast to his colleague Shostakovich, Prokofiev toed the party line and was highly privileged, which made it very difficult to believe his later claim that his art was free of politics, his music has touched the hearts of concertgoers all over the world.


    In the present recording, the cosmopolitan Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic present the whole beauty of the melodies that unfold in the first movement with full orchestral radiance. Cheerfulness as a »hymn to free and happy Man« is given voice in the clarinet theme of the burlesque second movement with its imaginative changes. Reminiscences of the Symphonie classique appear to be intentional. In the finale, Prokofiev proves himself to be a confident master of the classical-romantic canon form, which uses the theme of the first movement and new motifs to create far more than just a melodious apotheosis. Jagged, sharp and percussive final bars round off this supreme orchestral firework, which makes great demands on every single musician.sound of America.


    Musicians:



    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Sergei Prokofiev (composer)

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: February 1966 at the Philharmonic Hall of Lincoln Center, New York

    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.


    I. Andante
    II. Allegro Marcato
    III. Adagio
    IV. Allegro Giocoso
    Leonard Bernstein
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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
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  • Shostakovich Sym #5 (Discontinued) (On Sale) Shostakovich Sym #5 (Discontinued) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Shostakovich Sym #5 (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Shostakovitch Symphony no. 5 - Recorded on Oct 11th and 12th 1999 by the Elite Recording team of Marc Aubort and the late Joanna Nickrenz on behalf of Classic Records. This first in the series of Classic Records Presents features Pavel Kogan conducting his Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performing a piece of music they both know and well understand. The venue for the recording is the famous Congress House in Graz, Austria. The performance and the Elite recording are equally superb. Many argue that Russian Orchestral music is best performed by Russians and this performance lend credibility to that assertion. The recording was mastered and cut by Bernie Grundman using Classic's ALL TUBE analog cutting system and pressed on our proprietary 200g Super Vinyl Profile for maximum fidelity and musical pleasure.
    Band 1: First Movement - Moderato
    Band 2: Second Movement - Allegro
    Band 1: Third Movement - Large Band
    Band 2: Fourth Movement - Allegro non Troppo
    Pavel Kogan conducts the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
    $49.99 $39.49 Save $10.50 (21%)
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  • The Way We Are (Discontinued) (On Sale) The Way We Are (Discontinued) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    The Way We Are (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Following their abstract masterpiece, The World I See, The Present returns with an album that delves ever deeper into the human psyche. Like an audio equivalent of Apocalypse Now, The Way We Are is by turns terrifying, enchanting, hallucinatory, and sharply focused. A psychedelic power-trio from a mythical dimension, The Present creates a strangely familiar music, as if they had already seen your dreams and your nightmares.


    In order to define the music, it might help to list some of the things it is not: it is not a pop album, neither is it a classical or jazz album. It's not an ambient album or a rock album either, but there are elements of all of these within its dense musical structure. Touchstones include the music of La Monte Young, Dmitri Shostakovich, Wolfgang Voigt, Cluster, Black Dice, Claude Debussy, Aphex Twin, Can, Arthur Russell, Boredoms, and Brian Eno-- and yet it sounds like none of these.


    What it is: a kaleidoscopic trip influenced by New York City, the ocean, mountains, the sun and the trees, Andy Warhol, Yukio Mishima, David Lynch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Buddhist mantra, mass transit, cats, birds and life. Life in all its myriad complexity and confusions, in all its transcendent beauty and its horrendous brutality.


    Their live show has been described as more of a sensory experience than a mere matter of listening and it's the title track-- a 35-minute epic the likes of which has not been heard since the glory days of Popul Vuh-- that best captures the band's extraordinary intensity.


    Once again this work is a collaboration with the artist Andrew Kuo, whose unique vision formed the cover of The World I See and whose work provides the visual counterpoint to The Present's sonic creation. Together, they make a totality that reflects so intensely and so clearly The Way We Are.

    Medman
    Saltwater Trails
    Space Meadow
    Shapeshifter
    Press Play
    The Way We Are
    The Present
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  • Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner)

    One of the most fascinating aspects of Dmitri Shostakovich's music was and still remains his aesthetic ambiguity, the likes of which is almost impossible to find in modern music. The Fifth Symphony in particular is regarded as an excellent example of how, during Stalin's regime, Shostakovich outwardly remained true to the regulations concerning art while still managing not to forfeit his own artistic freedom and identity. Conceived in a classical vein, the work is filled with powerful motion and Russian song, even going almost as far as late-Romantic transfiguration. But this idyll is deceptive. Again and again the apparent harmony is disrupted by biting sarcasm: the spirited main theme of the first movement soon stiffens into a march-like farce, while in the untroubled second movement a shrill motif in the winds tears apart the cheerful mood.



    Skrowacziewski amalgamates the contrasting tender sweetness of the violins and the violence of the attacking wind instruments in his precise and sparing interpretation, which is free of sugary expression and forced dynamics. His well-balanced conducting, combined with the wonderfully transparent recorded sound creates an ideal basis for identifying all the details which Shostakovich composed 'between the lines of the staff'.




    Recording: March 1961 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, USA, by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz

    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.



    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2 Ravel: Piano Concerto In G Major Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2 Ravel: Piano Concerto In G Major Quick View

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    Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2 Ravel: Piano Concerto In G Major

    To kick off the New Year in 1958, the New York Philharmonic and its music director Leonard Bernstein debuted a new piano concerto by Dimitri Shostakovich. The work, the second of his piano concertos, had been written ten months before for Shostakovitchs son, Maxim, who was 19 at the time. Bernstein, as pianist and conductor, not only performed the U.S. debut, but on January 6th he recorded the work for Columbia Records.


    One of the most versatile musicians of the 20th century, Bernstein was a great interpreter of the music of that era. Greatly moved by Shostakovichs music, he was one of the Soviet composers greatest champions. The Second Piano Concerto is often referred to as a fiery and youthful work, making it a perfect fit for the mercurial Bernstein. The performance captured here has the same consuming passion we know from his famous recording of Gershwins Rhapsody In Blue. It may well be the works definitive recording.


    Another work that will forever be associated with Bernstein as both pianist and conductor is Ravels Concerto in G. This jazzy and uplifting piece is a perfect playmate for the Shostakovich concerto. No one brought more to this work than Bernstein, who had been playing it with the New York Philharmonic since 1944. Like Ravel, Bernstein was greatly inspired by jazz and its clear (especially on this new LP!) that Bernstein understood the mood and syncopation of the piece like few before him.


    Impex Records new LP is a stunning time-capsule for classical record production during the golden era of early stereo: minimally miked, full of natural ambience and incredibly dynamic. The Shostakovich concerto was recorded in the enormous Colorama Ballroom of the Saint George Hotel, the location where Bernstein recorded Rhapsody In Blue and Tchaikovskys Romeo And Juliet. The Ravel was recorded on April 7th, 1958 in the magical acoustics of the 30th Street studio. We know the acoustics of this room from such famous recordings as Kind Of Blue, Time Out, Highway 61 Revisited, Barbara Streisands debut album, not to mention countless other records by Bernstein, Bruno Walter, and Simon and Garfunkel. - Robert Mr. Record Pincus

    1. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 101
    2. Piano Concerto in G Major
    Dmitri Shostakovitch
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  • Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms) Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms) Quick View

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    Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms)

    Two of today's most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in
    Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between HÉlène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo
    recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration.


    This is the first time, that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project and it goes far beyond a traditional musical collaboration. Based
    on a rare understanding on many levels - musical, emotional and personal, this fresh and strong encounter does not even raise the question of who
    accompanies whom. Finding new musical insights in familiar work, HÉlène and Sol present masterpieces in new light.


    The album reprises the same programme the duo performed in Gstaad: Robert Schumann's FantasiestÜcke, Claude Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano.


    "Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists: she is a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances Her albums aren't merely proficient tours through the
    repertoire; they are highly personal explorations that can stand out among dozens of rival performances. Her strongly interpretive playing has made her
    a favorite among many conductors and reviewers." (The New Yorker). HÉlène's recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800.000 units sold altogether to date.


    Like Grimaud, in addition to performing traditional repertoire with the world's great orchestras, Sol Gabetta is a champion of new works and a passionate
    musical collaborator. Argentine-French of Russian origin, Sol is a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day,
    impressing with her intriguing, full-bodied approach and a charismatic, conquering personality.

    LP 1
    1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
    2. Lebhaft, leicht
    3. Rasch und mit Feuer
    4. Prologue (lent)
    5. SÉrÉnade (ModÉrÉment animÉ)
    6. Finale (AnimÉ)


    LP 2
    1. Allegro non troppo
    2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
    3. Allegro - Più presto
    4. Allegro non troppo
    5. Allegro
    6. Largo
    7. Allegro

    Grimaud / Gabetta
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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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  • Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 / Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8 (Speakers Corner) Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 / Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 / Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8 (Speakers Corner)

    Unlike his fellow countryman Tchaikovsky, it wasn't easy for Alexander Borodin to achieve the recognition due to him. As a professor of chemistry, Borodin found very little time for composing, but in spite of this he is considered one of the most important Russian symphonic composers of the 19th century. Borodin also created works for small ensembles; thanks to its beautiful, slow notturno, his String Quartet No. 2 is among the most important compositions in chamber music.



    Dmitri Shostakovich has often been honoured as one of the outstanding composers of this century. Shostakovich was devastated by the destruction of Dresden and the composition of the moving String Quartet No. 8 was his means of overcoming his war experiences. The intensity of this piece is augmented by the relaxed climax in the largo which brings his composition to a serene ending.
    The international career of the Moscow Philharmonic Quartet began in 1955 when it took on the honourable title "The Borodin Quartet". These 1962 recordings are masterly performances, full of great expressivity. Even the highest demands are met by the warm and full sonority.






    Recording: September 1962 at DECCA Studios, London by J. Clegg

    Production: E. 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.



    The Borodin Quartet
    $34.99
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  • A Church That Fits Our Needs A Church That Fits Our Needs Quick View

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    A Church That Fits Our Needs

    A Church That Fits Our Needs, the second album by North Carolina group Lost In The Trees, is underway, announcing itself as a work of vaulting ambition, a cathedral built on loss and transformation. In the summer of 2009, Ari Picker, writer, composer and architect of the band, lost his mother, an artist in her own right, when she took her own life. Picker was in the midst of releasing his bands debut album, All Alone in an Empty House, a collection of folk-inflected songs that surprised with its orchestral arrangements, to an acclaim usually reserved for seasoned veterans: both heart wrenching and beautiful, said Paste, while the Huffington Post called the album spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty. Picker took the loss of his mother and set about transforming the events into a tribute, composing, writing lyrics, his mothers picture above his writing desk: the same picture that now graces the albums cover. I wanted to give her a space, in the music, to be, and to become all the things she didnt get a chance to be when she was alive.


    The result is A Church That Fits Our Needs, an album that can stand beside musical journeys like Neil Youngs Tonights the Night and Bon Ivers For Emma, Forever Ago. Pickers astonishing voice, an instrument that veers from Carl Wilsons emotional purity to the otherworldly abstractions of Thom Yorke, opens our window into this intensely emotional music. While this might sound like a somber affair, A Church That Fits Our Needs is anything but. Picker, a classically trained composer, has Shostakovich and Stravinsky at his fingertips, but the music on this album speaks just as much to his love of Phil Spector and old film scores. Above all this is pop music, in the way that A Day In the Life or Radioheads No Surprises are pop music, seeking to present complex ideas to the widest possible audience. This is the album Picker set out to make, a celebration of the woman he calls a warrior, and a testament to the power of music to heal and transcend.

    1. Moment One
    2. Neither Here Nor There
    3. Red
    4. Golden Eyelids
    5. Icy River
    6. Tall Ceilings
    7. Moment Two
    8. This Dead Bird Is Beautiful
    9. Garden
    10. Villain (Ill Stick Around)
    11. An Artists Song
    12. Vines
    Lost In The Trees
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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
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  • Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker


    180g Audiophile Vinyl!


    Cut From The Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes At Abbey Road Studios!


    A tall imposing figure, so tall, in fact, that he often dispensed with a podium, Efrem Kurtz was a distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Kurtz had a broad symphonic and operatic repertory and conducted the premieres of works by Copland, Barber, Walton, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But he was most highly regarded for his interpretations of Russian music.


    Kurtz was a familiar name to the record collector of the 1950s and embarked upon a series of Tchaikovsky ballet recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI in 1958. HIQ has already released Swan Lake and the release The Sleeping Beauty is in preparation. Of this Nutcracker highlights Gramaphone wrote: This is probably as good a selection as could reasonably be expected.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann 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.


    In the original review in The Gramophone of November 1958, R.F. remarked: The orchestral quality is superb, and the dynamic contrasts tremendous. If you can hear the opening pizzicato notes of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, the end of the Valse des Fleurs will have your neighbours banging on the wall in desperation.


    Recorded March 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producer: Peter Andry. Balance Engineer: Neville Boyling


    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

    • This recording is not otherwise generally available in any format.


    Musicians:

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Efrem Kurtz, conductor

    The Nutcracker Op. 71
    Side One:
    1. Overture
    2. No. 2 - Marche • No. 3 - Petit Galop Des Enfants Et EntrÉe De Parents • No. 8 - Scène • No. 9 - Valse Des Flocons De Neige
    3. No. 12 - Divertissement; Le Chocolat; Le CafÉ


    Side Two:
    1. No. 12 - Divertissement: Le ThÉ; TrÉpak; Danse Des Mirlitons
    2. No. 13 - Valse Des Fleurs
    3. No. 14a - Pas De Deux
    4. No. 14b - Pour Le Danseur • No. 14c Pour La Danseuse • No. 14d - Coda • No. 15 - Valse Finale

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
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  • Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 Quick View

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    Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3


    Features Gioconda De Vito On Violin And Edwin Fischer On Piano


    Gioconda De Vito was an Italian violinist born on July 22, 1907. She began formal violin lessons with an uncle, who was a professional violinist, at the age of 8. Three years later, she entered the Pesaro Conservatory. She graduated two years after that and started her career as a soloist. By age 17, she was teaching at the Conservatory in Bari. At age 25, she won an international violin competition in Vienna. She was then hired (supposedly through the influence of Mussolini) to teach at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since the Second World War interrupted her solo career, her London debut, which was very successful, didn't happen until 1948. She subsequently performed frequently in the major European venues, sometimes appearing with other important artists, including Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Rafael Kubelik, and Furtwangler. She also twice played for the Pope (Pius XII). De Vito was one of several famous female violinists of the early Twentieth Century who were quickly forgotten by the general public - Ginette Neveu and Janine Andrade were two others. In 1961, she retired from playing and virtually from the violin itself. She was then only 54 years old. Although she toured Europe and other countries (Australia, Russia, India, Israel), she never played in the U.S. A highly admired player, she was nevertheless, almost an anachronism during her career. Her repertoire was old fashioned and did not include the concertos of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartok, Barber, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Korngold, Glazunov, Berg, Walton, or Szymanowski. It is said that she was such a meticulous player, that she worked on the Brahms concerto for fifteen years before she played it in public.


    - Prone To Violins

    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78
    1. Vivace ma non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro molto moderato
    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio
    6. Un poco presto e con sentimento
    7. Presto agitato
    Gioconda De Vito
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