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  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    Not always do composers of instrumental works take the playability of their ideas into consideration. Jean Sibelius - himself an excellent violinist - must have been aware of the enormous challenges to the soloist, but he did not, however, envisage that the première of his violin concerto would be badly received due to the inadequacy of the violinist. That his op. 47 would become a showpiece of romantic violin repertoire is certainly not only due to the first-class soloists of our time, but also thanks to the work's broad and expressive melodies. In the short introduction of the second movement, the leaping intervals of the violin - as though from nowhere - develop into a broad symphonic dialogue with a late-romantic inflection, which is unleashed to create an emotional climax in the 20-bar main theme of the second movement. Seemingly purposely written for the nimble fingers of the world-class violinist, David Oistrakh and the evenly matched Philadelphia Orchestra present a superbly virtuosic and powerful rendering right up to the rousing finale. As an encore we hear The Swan Of Tuonela sing its tender, sublime song in a substantial solo on the cor anglais.

    Musicians:



    • David Oistrakh (violin)
    • Philiadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy



    Recording: December 1959 and January 1960 at Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia (PA)

    Production: Howard Scott



    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 emphasize 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. Allegro Moderato
    2. Adagio Di Molto
    3. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
    4. The Swan Of Tuonela, Op.22
    David Oistrakh
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  • Sibelius Concerto In D Minor Sibelius Concerto In D Minor Quick View

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    Sibelius Concerto In D Minor

    Sibelius only violin concerto, was completed in 1903 and contains segments that require virtuosity to do full justice to its technical and interpretive intricacies. Just such a virtuoso, in Tossy Spivakovsky, plays violin on this Everest recording of Tauno Hannikainen conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. The recording is another Bert Whyte sonic triumph on 35MM film. In addition to the concerto, Whyte and team recorded Sibelius last tone poem, Tapiola, referred to by many as a consummate masterpiece written with extraordinary simplicity and directness. The LP was cut directly from the 35mm magnetic film using a vintage Westrex 1551 tape machine, with specially built playback electronics that are vastly superior to any others used on these machines to playback the original 35mm tapes. The Len Horowitz / History of Recorded Sound specially modified 1551, fitted with brand new playback heads matched to the revolutionary playback electronics was stationed at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. With Len Horowitz running the playback machine and Bernie Grundman mastering from the three track 35mm tapes, Classic Records has been able to cut the legendary sound and performances directly from the 35mm magnetic film through Classic's ALL TUBE tape playback system and cutting system at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.


    The LP's are pressed on Classic's 200g Super Vinyl Profile making it possible to get every nuance out of the non-distorted grooves that make SVP sound superior to all other records on the market today. Authentic tip on construction jackets with all original artwork and labels add to this must have deluxe LP edition as part of the Classic Everest 35MM LP Series.

    Hannikainen conducting The London Symphony Orchestra
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  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben Strauss - Ein Heldenleben Quick View

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    Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

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


    Sir Thomas Beecham as a conductor was largely self-taught. Born into a rich industrial family, he was able to access funds to nurture his musical talent and later found and sustained orchestras, like the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, featured here in this famous recording of Strauss' last and largest tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life).


    His flamboyant style and acerbic wit often created enemies amongst his peers (Boult found him repulsive and Barbirolli mistrusted him) and admirers amongst contemporary composers, such as Strauss, Stravinsky and Sibelius, who sent telegrams for Beecham's 70th birthday celebrations only for Beecham to quip Nothing from Mozart?


    As producer Victor Olof writes on the sleeve: This recording is virtually the last major orchestral work that Sir Thomas Beecham taped. I do not remember his making fun at all during these sessions, as he was apt to do on most occasions. Maybe he considered this as his lasting memorial to an old friend, little realizing that it would also be his own memorial.


    Recorded on April 17 & 22, 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London; produced by the legendary Victor Olof and Peter Andry; and engineered by Robert Gooch. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analog master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analog pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analog process.

    1. Der Held (The Hero)
    2. Des Helden Widersacher (His Adversaries)
    3. Des Helden Gefahrtin (His Companion)
    4. Des Helden Walstatt (His Battlefield)
    5. Des Helden Walstatt (His Battlefield - conclusion)
    6. Des Helden Friedenswerke (His Peaceful Labours)
    7. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (His Retirement and Life's Fulfilment)
    8. Entsagung (Renunciation)
    Sir Thomas Beecham
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius Symphony No 4 Sibelius Symphony No 4 Quick View

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    Sibelius Symphony No 4

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


    Born in London of an Italian father (a violinist at La Scala, Milan) and French mother, Sir John Barbirolli, CH (1899-1970), nÉ Giovanni Battista Barbirolli, was an English conductor and cellist. Although a conductor of international standing, succeeding Toscanini as music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1936-43, and having conducted many major orchestras like the Vienna Philarmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, he is remembered above all as conductor of the HallÉ Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Noted for his interpretations of Sibelius, Barbirolli and the HallÉ recorded all the Sibelius symphonies for EMI and these recordings were made just over a year before Barbirolli died.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.


    Recorded on 29-30 May and *5 August 1969 at the Kingsway Hall, London. Produced and engineered by the legendary two Christophers: Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker respectively (*with additional engineer Martin Benge)


    In the original April 1970 review of the stereo release, Sibelius expert Robert Layton of the GRAMOPHONE was torn between the contemporaneous Maazel version on Decca and the Barbirolli: ...Sir John views the symphony as a whole as predominantly bleak with dark, shifting colourings whereas Maazel's conception is icy, unremitting and very powerful. Sir John's is the more complex and in some ways more interesting view and he has the advantage of quite superlative recorded sound. In fact this is one of the most vivid and full bodied recordings I have heard from this source and is richer in tone than its Decca rival... this new version can confidently be recommended alongside the Maazel and granted the odd reservation, my own preference is for this splendidly recorded newcomer.


    Features:

    Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

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

    Produced and engineered by the legendary two Christophers (Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker)

    Superior Audiophile Pressing

    Features Original Album Artwork


    Musicians:

    The Halle Orchestra

    Sir John Barbirolli, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
    Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63
    Side One:
    1. I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
    2. II. Allegro molto vivace
    3. III. Il tempo largo
    Side Two:
    1. IV. Allegro
    2. 'Rakastava' for String Orchestra, Op. 14
    3. Romance in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 42
    Sir John Barbirolli
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  • Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia (200 Gram) Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia (200 Gram) Quick View

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    Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia (200 Gram)

    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Willem Makee


    Deluxe Tip-On Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    An early classic for Decca/RCA engineered by none other than Kenneth Wilkinson, who became so closely identified with the Decca sound that he retired when PolyGram acquired the company in 1980. Music of Grieg & Sibelius from the late great Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra. The strings here are cool, crisp and extremely transparent with wonderful inner detail within the choirs.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. WEDDING DAY AT TROLDHAUGEN, Op. 65, No. 6
    Grieg (Arr. by Huppertz)
    2. KING CHRISTIAN II, Op. 27
    Suite for Orchestra 1 . ElÉgie 2 . Musette
    Sibelius
    3. PELLEAS AND MELISANDE, Op. 46
    Suite for Orchestra No. 7; Entr'acte
    Sibelius
    4. TWO MELODIES, Op. 63, No. 2
    Cow-Keeper's Tune; Country Dance
    Grieg
    5. Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7
    Sibelius
    6. Valse Triste from "Kuolema," Op. 44
    Sibelius
    7. TWO ELEGIAC MELODIES, Op. 34
    Heart Wounds • The Last Spring
    Grieg
    Sir Charles Mackerras
    $34.99
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  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Quick View

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D

    Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D
    Various Artists
    $21.99
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  • Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner) Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner)

    Jean Sibelius (1885-1957) composed songs from the beginning almost to the end of his lifetime. Shortly before his death, he arranged the piece, which closes this album, Kom nu hit, Död, and so opened a stylistic gateway to Modernity. All the songs in this collection were composed around 1900 and are filled with Late Romantic harmony, a glorious sound and emotional feeling. The song Svatar Rosor is immersed in an alternating bath of major and minor to evoke a dramatic and tragic mood, while the wonderfully colourful Den Första Kyssen, op. 37 no. 1 depicts in music a girl's dialogue with the evening star. And with Flickan kom ... op. 37 no. 5 and Var det en dröm op. 37 no. 4, a powerful vocal drama is placed alongside a lyrical gem. Of the latter work Sibelius allegedly said: »Here you are, this is my most beautiful song!

    Without a doubt, Kirsten Flagstad is the ideal singer for this repertoire. Her highly dramatic soprano voice rises monumentally over the surging orchestral sound but dims down appropriately and effortlessly in the hushed passages. Wagnerians, Strauss lovers and fans of grand romantic gesture will thoroughly enjoy this LP.




    Musicians:



    • Kirsten Flagstad (vocal)

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)






    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. Sibelius Song Recital
    Jean Sibelius
    $34.99
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  • Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Finlandia (Awaiting Repress) Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Finlandia (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Finlandia (Awaiting Repress)

    Before he was appointed music director for life of the Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan was closely associated with the Philharmonia in its early years, although he never held an official title with the orchestra. The founder of the Philharmonia and legendary EMI Producer, Walter Legge, was against appointing an official principal conductor but it was Karajan who built the orchestra into one of the finest ensembles in the world, and made numerous recordings for EMI, including all the Beethoven symphonies and stereo gems like this Sibelius recording.


    Recorded on 20, 21 & 23 September 1960 (Symphony No.5) and 5 & 6 January 1959 (Finlandia) at Londons famous Kingsway Hall venue. Produced by Walter Legge and Engineered by Douglas Larter (Harold Davidson Finlandia).


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS80 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional playback head.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Side One:
    Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82
    1. First Movement: Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato Presto
    2. Second Movement: Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

    Side Two
    Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82, (cont.)
    1. Third Movement: Allegro molto
    Tone Poem
    2. Finlandia, Op.26
    Herbert Von Karajan
    $34.99
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  • Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Quick View

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    Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor

    Limited Edition 200 Gram LP!


    Remastered and Cut at 33 1/3 rpm by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!


    Cut from the Original 2-Track Session Tapes!


    Pressed at Quality Record Pressings & Plated by Gary Salstrom!


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


    Heifetz playing Sibelius like no other. This 3-track transfer places Heifetz in proper proportion to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Walter Hendl (filling in for an ill Fritz Reiner). Produced by the legendary Jack Pfeiffer with Lewis Layton as the engineer - it doesn't get any better than this.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Sebelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Heifetz
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  • Sibelius: The Symphonies Sibelius: The Symphonies Quick View

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    Sibelius: The Symphonies

    Limited Edition


    Anthony Collins' 1952-55 Sibelius cycle with the LSO for Decca has acquired something of a cult status over the decades. It was the first collection of Sibelius' complete symphonies, performed by one orchestra & conductor. 150 years after the birth of Jean Sibelius and 60 years after the completion of this pioneering project, Decca proudly presents these recordings in a 6LP set for the very first time.

    LP1
    1. I Andante ma non troppo Allegro energico
    2. II Andante (ma non troppo lento)
    3. III Scherzo: Allegro
    4. IV Finale (quasi una fantasia)


    LP2
    1. I Allegretto Poco allegro Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo all allegro
    2. II Tempo andante ma rubato Andante sostenuto
    3. III Vivacissimo Lento e soave Largamente
    4. IV Finale: Allegro moderato


    LP3
    1. I Allegro moderato
    2. II Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
    3. III Moderato Allegro (ma non tanto)
    4. Symphony No.7 in C major, op.105


    LP4
    1. I Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
    2. II Allegro molto vivace
    3. III Il tempo largo
    4. IV Allegro
    5. Pohjola s Daughter, op.49


    LP5
    1. I Tempo molto moderato Largamente Allegro moderato
    2. II Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
    1. III Allegro molto
    2. Night Ride and Sunrise, op.55


    LP6
    1. I Allegro molto moderato
    2. II Allegretto moderato
    3. III Poco vivace
    1. IV Allegro molto
    2. II MÉlisande
    3. VII MÉlisande at the Spinning-wheel
    4. VIII Entr acte
    5. IX The Death of MÉlisande

    Anthony Collins
    $124.99
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  • Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major Quick View

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    Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!


    Paul Kletzki is best remembered today for his conducting career and many recordings but less well known is his pre-war career as a composer. Born in Poland in 1900, he joined its Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of fifteen as a violinist. After serving in the First World War, he studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw before moving to Berlin in 1921 to continue his studies. During the 1920s his compositions were championed by Arturo Toscanini; and Wilhelm FurtwÄngler, who permitted Kletzki to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1925.


    Because he was Jewish, he left Nazi Germany in 1933 and moved to Italy, however due to the anti-semitism of the Italian Fascist regime he moved to the Soviet Union in 1936. He later went to live in Switzerland. From 1942 onwards Kletzki wrote no more compositions; having lost much of his family in the holocaust, Nazism had destroyed his spirit and his will to compose.


    His conducting skills then came to the fore. Kletzki was invited by EMI's Walter Legge to conduct the newly-formed Philharmonia Orchestra in London and many fine recordings were made (including this Sibelius record in early stereo) for EMI. In 1954 he was appointed chief conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and between 1958 and 1961 he was principal conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. From 1966 until 1970 he was the General Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He died in 1974.


    In the original June 1956 review M. M. of the GRAMOPHONE wrote: Kletzki makes an impetuous attack on the music which is virtually completely successful, carried along by a marvellous quality of both orchestral playing and recording... Whether it is a sweep of full-bodied tone, a biting attack, a resonant pizzicato, or a sensitive solo that is called for, it is always there; even to tunes from the basses with a distinctly above-average proportion of note to rumble. And all of it set off by a brilliant quality of recording with fine internal balance... The new Kletzki... addresses the listener directly and convincingly.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.


    Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards at the Vinyl Factory, Hayes, using the old EMI Records presses.


    Recorded in stereo on 15 & 16 July 1955 at the Kingsway Hall, London. Produced by the legendary Walter Legge and engineered by Douglas Larter and Neville Boyling.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
    Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
    Side One:
    1. I. Allegretto
    2. II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
    Side Two:
    1. III. Vivacissimo
    2. IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)
    Paul Kletzki
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius -  Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    The violin had got me completely under its spell; for ten years it was my greatest wish to become a great violin virtuoso , confessed Finland's national composer Jean Sibelius in later years. Although he began a career as a violin virtuoso too late, as a composer he profited enormously from his intimate knowledge of the instrument and the possibilities it offered. This is particularly apparent in his Violin Concerto with its wonderful synthesis of virtuosic expression and technical bravura, its classical symphonic form, its outward effects and inner substance. This late-Romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most rewarding for every soloist. A specialist in the field of 19th-century bravura pieces and master of an effortless technique and suppleness, the great American violinist Ruggiero Ricci certainly possessed all the requirements for a brilliant performance of this concerto. And Øivin Fjeldstad is the perfect partner for Ricci in more ways than one in this wonderfully lively recording: thanks to his training as both a conductor and a violinist, he ensures a perfect balance between soloist and orchestra; and as a Norwegian he is, of course, completely au fait with Scandinavian repertoire, and guarantees - both here and in other recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra - a truly nordic touch.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)




    Recording: February 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank

    Production: John Culshaw




    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Sibelius-Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
    2. Tchaikovsky-Serenade Melancolique Op. 26
    3. Scherzo from Souvenir d'm lieu cher, Op. 42
    Oivin Fjeldstad
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 And Karelia Suite (Pre-Order) Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 And Karelia Suite (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 And Karelia Suite (Pre-Order)


    Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes


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


    Stoughton Printing Tip-on Jacket With Deluxe Linen Finish And Gold Foil Accent


    Alexander Gibson conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Large, notably transparent soundstage on this recording, in which the orchestra is set back farther than the usual Decca/RCA. Recorded by renowned Decca audio engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.


    Recorded in Kingsway Hall

    Producer: Christopher Raeburn

    Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Symphony No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 82
    1. First Movement: Tempo Molto Moderato
    2. Second Movement: Andante Mosso, Quasi Allegretto
    3. Third Movement: Conclusion - Allegro Molto
    Karelia Suite, Op. 11
    1. Intermezzo
    2. Ballade
    3. Alla Marcia
    Alexander Gibson
    $34.99
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  • Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Awaiting Repress) Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Awaiting Repress)

    Audiophile 180 Gram Vinyl Cut at Emil Berliner Studio


    Pressed at Pallas in Germany


    Violinist Viktoria Mullova is joined by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Claudio Abbado.


    Viktoria Mullova is one of the most versatile and charismatic violinists to have emerged in the late 20th century, demonstrating a high level of mastery in broad range of repertoires, from Baroque to Romantic and post-Romantic to jazz and crossover. She established her reputation early in the 1980s, winning both the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions and going on to win the Grand Prix du Disc and a Diapason d'Or Award, as well as garnering numerous other honors. Her widely acclaimed 1987 Philips recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons is ample proof of her sure grasp of the idiosyncrasies of the Italian Baroque, and the freshness and vitality of her playing has made her version a favorite with listeners and critics. Mullova performs with passionate musicality and technical finesse, and Claudio Abbado leads the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a nuanced, idiomatic accompaniment. - Stephen Eddins, allmusic.com


    Features:

    Audiophile 180 Gram Vinyl

    Cut at Emil Berliner Studio

    Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany


    Musicians:

    Viktoria Mullova, violin

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    Claudio Abbado, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)
    Viktoria Mullova
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    Works For Solo Violin (Awaiting Repress)

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    Acclaimed Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova performs compositional works by Bartok, J.S. Bach's and Paganini.


    Mullova studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatoire. Her extraordinary talent captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982 which was followed in 1983 by her dramatic and much publicized defection to the West. She has since appeared with most of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals. She is now known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Her curiosity spans the breadth of musical development from baroque and classical right up to the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music.


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    Bela Bartok
    Sonata for solo violin
    1. Tempo di ciaccona
    2. Fuga
    3. Melodia
    4. Presto


    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Partita No.1 in B minor
    1. Allemanda
    2. Double
    3. Corrente
    4. Double (Presto)
    5. Sarabande
    6. Double
    7. Tempo di borea
    8. Double


    Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840)
    Introduction And Variations
    1. Capriccio
    2. Tema (Andante)
    3. Variation 1 (Brillante)
    4. Variation 2
    5. Variation 3 (Piu Lento)
    6. Variation 4 (Allegro)
    7. Variation 5
    8. Variation 6 (Appassionato)
    9. Variation 7 (Vivace)

    Viktoria Mullova
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    The Soothsayer

    Part of an explosion of solo albums Wayne Shorter recorded just after he joined Miles Davis' band, The Soothsayer wasn't released until the late '70s. Listening to the album, it is hard to believe because it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period. Shorter has been called Davis' idea man, and the creativity and thoughtfulness that earned him that moniker are quite evident here. The album's five originals and one arrangement (of Sibelius' Valse Triste) show a multi-layered complexity that seems effortless even as it weaves together contributions from a very strong, stylistic sextet. Of particular interest is the interplay of the three horn players, including altoist James Spaulding and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. As a performer, Shorter also shows a lot of strength, with fluid, at times subtly evocative, solos that bloom with energy without ever seeming frantic or harsh. The title track shows Shorter at his most forceful and is one of the most passionate moments on the album, but even here, beauty seems to come first, while his low-key standard Lady Day embodies grace and calmness in every moment. [The CD version of this album also contains an alternate take of Angola that features some crisp playing by McCoy Tyner, as well as an energetic solo by Shorter.


    The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock awarded the album 4½ stars stating it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period.

    1. Lost
    2. Angola
    3. The Big Push
    4. The Soothsayer
    5. Lady Day
    6. Valse Triste
    Wayne Shorter
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    Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & Greensleeves (On Sale)

    Grammy®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson has captured this colorful, beloved English music in brilliant HD sound. The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten s Orchestra, received a Grammy® for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere, although the title is now unfortunately out of print.


    This release again features Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and, in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque, and Naxos. Producer David Frost won Grammy® Awards in 2005, 2009, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy®-winning titles.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
    1. Overture
    2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
    3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
    4. Entr'acte, andante
    5. Ballet and Final Tableau
    6. Fantasia on Greensleeves


    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    7-20. Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, Op. 36

    Michael Stern & The Kansas City Symphony
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    The Perlman Sound

    No one could deny that Itzhak Perlman holds a special place in the world of music - and no one could define it more eloquently than his old friend and colleague, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim: It is quite impossible to imagine today's violin heritage without the absolute musical genius of Perlman. The most obvious manifestation of that genius is the famous Perlman Sound - lustrous, warm and generous, its impact compounded by often astounding virtuosity; and yet Perlman makes it all look so easy. In fact, he communicates a positive joy in his playing.


    Perlman Sound is released as a primer for the deluxe 59-album boxed set Itzhak Perlman: the Complete Warner Recordings, and may be a good option for fans who don't have enough shelf space for this expansive edition. This collection explores his artistry from the finest concerto highlights (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Sibelius, The Four Seasons), to virtuoso solo and chamber repertoire (Paganini Caprice No.24, Bach Partita No.3, the MÉditation from Thaïs, Flight of the Bumblebee, Zapateado) and klezmer and jazz selections. The duo partners and conductors are some of the 20th century's biggest classical stars, many of whom count among Perlman's dearest friends and collaborators.

    1. Thais: Meditation
    2. Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
    3. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
    4. Meditation, Op. 32
    5. Russian Fantasy (arr. Kreisler)
    6. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 2 Scherzo in C Minor (Arr. Glazunov)
    7. Legende, Op 17
    8. The Old Refrain (arr. Kreisler)
    9. Schon Rosmarin
    Itzhak Perlman
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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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    Rossini Overtures

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


    Sir Colin Davis conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this audiophile recording of Overtures by Rossini.


    This is one of Sir Colin Davis's early recordings before his signed to Philips, made when he was establishing his name as a conductor and was Musical Director at Sadler's Wells Opera Company in London, having come to their notice by conducting successful performances of Don Giovanni at the Royal Festival Hall standing in for Klemperer when he fell ill and The Magic Flute at Glyndebourne standing in for Beecham when he was taken ill. Davis went on to be chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1967 and in 1971 succeeded Sir Georg Solti as Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has since held posts with many international orchestras, including a ten year stint as chief conductor of the LSO in 1995. His repertoire is broad but he particularly associated with the music of Berlioz, Mozart and Sibelius.


    Recorded on April 22, June 18 and October 23, 1961 at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London. Produced by the legendary Peter Andry and engineered by Edward Huntley.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.


    In the original August 1962 review of the stereo release W. A. Chislett of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
    ...Old war horses as they may be Mr. Davis approaches them as new works with splendid effect...There is brilliance and bite too where called for and some truly Rossinian crescendos. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives of its very best, particularly in the many beautifully shaped solos for the woodwind and there is a magnificent attack from the brass section. The recording engineers are also on their best behaviour. The range of dynamics is very wide, but even with the wick turned well up the fortissimi are rich and round. But above all else this fine record is distinguished for the freshness of approach displayed by the conductor... the...recording...is first-class on both sides.


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    Gioachino Rossini
    Overtures
    1. Guillaume Tell - Overture
    2. La Gazza ladra - The Thieving Magpie - Overture
    3. Semiramide - Overture
    4. Il Signor Bruschino - Overture
    5. L'Italiana in Algeri - The Italian Girl in Algiers - Overture
    Colin Davis
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