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  • The Royal Ballet Gala Performances The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Quick View

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    The Royal Ballet Gala Performances

    Double LP With Book


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape


    200-Gram Double LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    In the hearts of thousands, No. 1 on the Top RCA list. While the bulk of Ansermet's recordings were made with L'Orchestre de la Susise Romande, there were a few with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and the very occasional foray into recordings with London orchestras, one of these being with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1959.


    Audiophilia Online Magazine wrote: This is the stuff of which dreams are made. The Royal Ballet Gala is one of the finest RCAs recorded in London's Kingsway Hall. The chunks of great ballet music are well served by orchestra, conductor and engineer. Performances are executed to a very high standard - the Royal Opera House Orchestra, both then and n

    ow, rank as one of the finest of opera orchestras.

    Conductor Ansermet keeps the pace moving, giving the listener the impression of a dance event rather than a dramatic concert hall reading. With the exception of some of the Tchaikovsky scenes, the music is light and remains so under Ansermet's gentle touch. Each ballet is given full attention by the players, something not always attained at Covent Garden during long ballet nights! The threat of eternity does have its merits. The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another.


    Tonally, Messrs. Williamson and Wilkinson have used their considerable talents to capture the orchestra superbly. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical. Be it a bang, swish, rattle, crack or snap, each percussionist is situated perfectly within the beautiful Kingsway soundstage. Even the difficult-to-record sound of the celeste is captured in its purely mechanical form. Its delicate sound is heard to great effect during the Nutcracker - originating stage left, the sound decays across the stage of Kingsway with sparkling beauty. Wonderful.


    Producer: Michael Williamson

    Engineer Kenneth Wilkinson

    LP 1
    1. Tschaikovsky: From The Nutcracker Suite
    2. Rossini-Respighi: From La Boutique Fantastique
    3. Delibes: From CoppÉlia
    4. Adam: From Giselle


    LP 2
    1. Tschaikovsky: From Swan Lake
    2. Schumann: From Carnaval
    3. Tschaikovsky: From The Sleeping Beauty
    4. Chopin: From Les Sylphides

    Ernest Ansermet
    $74.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + Book - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Speakers Corner)

    The 1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky's musical tribute to celebrate victory over Napoleon's army, is one of those 19th-century works which is seldom performed in the concert hall due to the enormous number of instruments it requires. This programmatic symphonic work with its battlefield participants - male-voice choir, bell chimes, percussion, and cannon-fire - requires the utmost from everyone involved, from the tutti strings right up to the balance engineer.



    The gratifying result of a production made with only the very best ingredients can now be enjoyed once again with this re-release of a DECCA recording. The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Kenneth Alwyn, has achieved a remarkable feat, their rich timbre enhancing every nuance of this closely-knit score. Sonorous strings and polished brass wind passages ensure that the listener's attention will be riveted right to the very last bar.
    Less nerve-racking but certainly no less riveting in its beauty and lightness are the well-known Capriccio italien and the popular Marche slave. The purchaser of this LP can congratulate himself that he now possesses three of Tchaikovsky's greatest showpieces.





    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)




    Recording: May 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson

    Production: Michael Williamson




    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. 1812 Overture, Op. 49
    2. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
    3. Marche Slave, Op. 31
    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
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  • The Complete Concerto Recordings (Box-Set) The Complete Concerto Recordings (Box-Set) Quick View

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    The Complete Concerto Recordings (Box-Set)

    With this special LP limited edition box set, Deutsche Grammophon pays tribute to an extraordinary musical
    partnership. The 6LP set collects all the concerto recordings made by pianist Martha Argerich with conductor
    Claudio Abbado over more than 45 years, covering works by Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and many others. "Between them Argerich and Abbado generate a heady world of romance and electricity," BBC Music Magazine 2014.
    LP1
    PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 | RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
    Berliner Philharmoniker


    LP2

    CHOPIN | LISZT Piano Concertos No. 1

    London Symphony Orchestra


    LP3
    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
    Berliner Philharmoniker


    LP4
    BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
    Mahler Chamber Orchestra


    LP5
    MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 25
    Orchestra Mozart


    LP6
    RAVEL Piano Concerto in G | RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
    London Symphony Orchestra

    Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado
    $109.99
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  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

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


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


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


    Hailed as one of the greatest - perhaps the greatest violinists of this century - Jascha Heifetz delivers what is considered an unequaled performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved concerto. Conductor Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in top form, provide the perfect context for Maestro Heifetz's dazzling performance. The original 3-track session tapes were used in mastering for this LP.

    1. Special one-sided Pressing of Heifetz
    2. first movement part 1 - Side 1 of 3
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Igor Markevitch - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Speakers Corner) Igor Markevitch - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Igor Markevitch - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Speakers Corner)

    Does it make sense to revive an early stereo recording of one of the most recorded works and put it on the market again? Certainly a valid question when one considers the enormous number of recordings of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. But when one listens to the Russian maestro's mature work, it become quite clear why there is such a flood of recordings - although one often has the feeling that they are taking part in a musical Olympics, trying to go faster or louder, rather than achieving musical depth.



    With his unfailing, meticulous analysis of the score, Markevitch demonstrates just how much substance lies between the fateful, morbid fanfares on the brass at the beginning, the phantasmal arabesques of the pizzicato third movement, and the explosive, intoxicating finale: a dancelike verve that is reminiscent of his opera Eugene Onegin which was composed at the same time, the rising up and ebbing away of the passionate melodies, and the close-knit interplay of the voices allow us to share in the elation and enthusiasm Tchaikovsky felt during the work's composition. But why this particular recording? Because Markevitch shows that the key to a thrilling Tchaikovsky recording lies neither in sheer force nor superficial exaltation and a swift tempo, but in resoluteness, great perceptiveness for the melodies, and a passion for detail.



    Musicians:



    • The London Symphony Orchestra

    • Igor Markevitch (conductor)





    Recording: October 1963 in Brent Town Hall, London




    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.



    Side 1



    1st Mov.: Andante sostenuto -
    Moderato Con Anima



    Side 2



    2nd Mov.: Andantino In Modo Di Canzona
    3rd Mov.: Scherzo (Allegro)
    4th Mov.: Finale (Allegro Con Fuoco)

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner) Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner)

    Liszt's Piano Concertos occupy a special position in the genre for several reasons. Firstly they mirror the amazing keyboard virtuosity of the composer, and secondly they point the way to modern music through their daring harmonies and free treatment of traditional compositional forms. Any pianist who tackles the mighty E flat major Concerto, which was premiered by Liszt himself under the baton of Berlioz in 1855, soon realises that he has taken on a mammoth task. Instead of an over-dimensional, weighty performance, Byron Janis and the Moscow Philharmonic present a compact reading of this tightly-knit composition. Janis, a pupil of Horowitz, displays his bravura in the appropriate places, but also knows how to use his technical prowess - perfected in his early years - to produce finely-chiselled keyboard poetry, freeing the work from its often-cited bulkiness. This is particularly effective in the intoxicating Finale, where the pianist's brilliance amalgamates with triumphal orchestral playing.



    In the Second Concerto, too, it is clear that great care has been taken with the score. Beginning with the elegiac entry, via the pulsating Agitato up to the expressive melodic playing, Byron Janis and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky fill this visionary symphonic poem with wonderful timbral colouring which is brought to a climax in the sparkling Finale. When music from the New German School sounds like it does here by means of Russian hands, then it certainly deserves a place in our Russian Edition.



    Recording: June 1962 in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia,

    by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart



    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.

    Byron Janis
    $34.99
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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
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky - 1812 Tchaikovsky - 1812 Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - 1812

    This recording dates from the beginning of Andre Previn's golden era at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra and has been newly cut at EMI's Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo EMI Master Tapes. Produced and engineered by the legendary EMI team of Christopher Bishop and Christopher Palmer and pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl.


    EMI made the recording in both stereo and quadraphonic, an early attempt at surround sound for the now defunct SQ vinyl format. HiQ has used the superior balance of the stereo master tapes.


    If anyone still has a lingering suspicion that a former Hollywood film composer and jazz pianist might compromise on musical standards, let him hear this... with superb recording which allows for inner clarity in a rich texture, with fine discipline and sharp rhythmic pointing (sforzandos meticulously observed), the musical qualities are reinforced... this is a record to satisfy the most discriminating... - Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, July 1973.


    Features:

    180g Audiophile Vinyl

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

    Original album artwork


    Musicians:
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Andre Previn


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    1. 1812 Overture, Op. 49
    2. March Slave, Op. 31
    3. Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • 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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  • Stravinsky - Firebird (Speakers Corner) Stravinsky - Firebird (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Stravinsky - Firebird (Speakers Corner)

    The Firebird can almost be described as a work of fate, since it is not only the first of several ballets that Stravinsky wrote for Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes but also marks his international breakthrough as a composer. In comparison with his other earlier stage works, the ecstatic, sharply contoured Rite of Spring for example, The Firebird, with its melodic character, is a far gentler work altogether.


    There are unmistakable reminiscences of the musical language of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky as well as snatches of late-Romantic harmonies; all this lends the music the charm of Russian tradition.
    In his performance, Dorati chooses the golden mean in that he has his ensemble produce a highly colourful but by no means glaring sound. Thus the listener is given the opportunity to follow the development of the finely chiselled motifs which are so characteristic of this early composition. Happily, the chamber-music-like transparency is preserved even in the loud, more exposed passages - the sound leaves the loudspeakers with a sprightly, athletic tread, as it were.


    Musicians:



    • Antal Dorati (conductor)

    • Igor Stravinsky (composer)

    • The London Symphony Orchestra



    Recording: June 1959 at Watford Town Hall, London, by C. R. Fine and Robert Eberenz
    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence




    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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



    Stravinsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 Pathetique (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 Pathetique (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 Pathetique (Speakers Corner)

    Made during the pioneering days of stereo technology when everyone was vying for a piece of the cake, it is hard to believe that this absolutely top-notch recording of Tchaikovsky's "PathÉtique" has never been brought to the ears of music lovers until today. And it is even more unbelievable since it was made by a first-class orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Ferenc Fricsay. The reasons for the non-release are a matter of speculation because those responsible have kept them under their hat.



    Not even the man behind the microphone, Werner Wolf, can recall making this recording - although a yellowed recording protocol discloses carefully noted details about the recording venue and date. No wonder that the tapes never got made into records. It is not with a little pride and much joyful anticipation that the announcement can be made: the record is spinning on the turntable at last!



    And at long last a gap in Fricsay's repertoire can be closed. Specially recommended: listen to the wonderful clarity of the upper strings which is preserved even in the softest passages.



    This record was part of the 3-LP Set "The Conductors" and is now available again.




    Musicians:



    • Radio-Symphony-Orchestra Berlin

    • Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)




    Recording: 17-19 and 22 September 1959 at Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, by GÜnter

    Hermanns and Werner Wolf / 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.



    Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (Pathetique)
    Satz: Adagio - Allegro non troppo
    Satz: Allegro con grazia
    Satz: Allegro molto vivace
    Satz: Finale. Adagio lamentoso
    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $34.99
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    Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1

    VAN CLIBURN, piano PIOTR ILICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 Recorded May 30, 1958, Carnegie Hall, New York City Kiril Kondrashin, conductor / RCA Symphony Orchestra Original recordings remastered
    1. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso - Allegro Con Spirito
    2. Andantino Simplice - Prestissimo - Tempo
    3. Allegro Con Fuoco
    Van Cliburn
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    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto In D Major

    The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, like the Beethoven and Brahms companion concertos, requires a true virtuoso to reveal it in its proper light. Fortunately, such a virtuoso was Tossi Spivikovsky, who accompanies Walter Goehr conducting the London Symphony Orchestra to a rousing performance. The LP, as are all reissues from this series, 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 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.

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
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    Tchaikovsky: Klavierkonzert

    A win at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1965, at age 24, officially put Martha Argerich on the musical map. An exciting and mercurial artist, Argerich has recorded extensively throughout a career that has encompassed works by Bach through Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók among others.



    Here, the multiple Grammy-winner and 2012 Gramophone Hall of Fame inducted Argentinian pianist performs Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 23 with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as conducted by Charles Dutoit. "The very fine sound of the horns right at the start augurs well and the wonderful weight and quality of Martha Argerich's opening if chords suggest that at any rate one need have no worries about the quality of this recording...The present record is really superb. So is Argerich, giving a performance of great range and of much subtlety...Praise must go, too, to the conductor, Dutoit who accompanies excellently and with notably good phrasing." - Gramophone/1971


    Musicians:


    Chaikovsky (composer)

    Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    Martha Argerich (piano)

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


    1. 1st Movement: Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Meastoso - Allegro Con Spirito
    2. 2nd Movement: Andantino Semplice - Prestissimo
    3. 3rd Movement: Allegro Con Fuoco
    Martha Argerich
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    Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; Grieg: Peer Gynt

    Decca is releasing their greatest recordings on vinyl and all are mastered at Abbey Road Studios from original
    analogue tapes and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl by OPTIMAL. This release features Herbert von Karajan
    and the Vienna Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and music from Grieg's Peer Gynt.''The Karajan
    suites from the three great Tchaikovsky ballets have long been a standard recording and an absolute must for any classical collection worth its salt.'' (Audiophile Audition)
    1. Miniature Overture
    2. March
    3. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
    4. Trepak
    5. Arab Dance
    6. Chinese Dance
    7. Dance Of The Reed Pipes
    8. Waltz Of The Flowers
    Herbert Von Karajan
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    Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner)

    Recordings of Tchaikovsky's late symphonies with the Leningrad Philharmonic under Mravinskij were a legend even in the days of mono recording technique. It comes as no surprise therefore to learn that Tchaikovsky fans were overjoyed when these three great symphonies were released at last on the Yellow Label in top hi-fi quality at the beginning of the Sixties. Masterful performances, as thrilling as live recordings, now became available - recordings which were far superior to all others on the market. Even when the purported 'miracle' of digital recording technique began to take over and industrial record production had become a matter of course, Mravinsky's recordings were still available in a 2CD set. There are reasons enough to re-release the Fifth Symphony as an individual LP, without going into lengthy discussions about which of Tchaikovsky's late symphonies is the most important. Those who treasure a mono version or a Mravinsky recording from an unknown source in their collection are now given the opportunity to compare their version with the present re-release. All others can congratulate themselves on possessing a milestone recording, a true work of reference, for no other Mravinskij sounds better than this one.




    Musicians:



    • The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Jewgenij Mrawinskij (conductor)




    Recording: November 1960 at Musikverein Großer Saal, Vienna, by Harald Baudis

    Production: Karl-Heinz Schneider





    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. Satz: Andante - Allegro Con anima
    2. Satz: Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
    3. Satz: Allegro moderato
    4. Satz: Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $34.99
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    OR: The Originals

    Limited-Edition, Numbered-Box Set


    Re-Mastered At Optimal From Analogue Sources


    Original LP Front And Back Covers


    12-Page Leaflet


    The Originals - Legendary Recordings From The Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue


    CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.1/LISZT: Piano Concerto No.1Martha Argerich/London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado139 383

    GRIEG: Lyric Pieces (selection)Emil Gilels2530 476

    HOLST: The Planets Boston Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg2530 102

    R.STRAUSS: Also sprach ZarathustraBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan2530 402

    ORFF: Carmina BuranaChorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin/Eugen Jochum139 362

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.6 „PathÉtique"Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Evgeny Mravinsky138 659

    LP1
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 / Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1
    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11
    1. Allegro maestoso
    2. Romance (Larghetto)
    3. Rondo (Vivace)
    Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124
    1. Allegro maestoso
    2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
    3. Allegro marziale animato


    LP2
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces
    Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 12
    1. Arietta
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 38
    2. Berceuse
    Lyric Pieces III, Op.43
    3. Butterfly
    4. Solitary traveler
    Lyric Pieces IV, Op. 47
    5. No. 2 Albumblatt
    6. No. 3 Melodie
    7. No. 4 Halling
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 54
    8. Notturno
    9. Scherzo
    Lyric Pieces, Op. 57
    10. Heimweh
    Lyric Pieces VII, Op.62
    11. No. 4 Baekken (Brooklet)
    12. No. 6 Hjemad (Homeward)
    Lyric Pieces, op.65
    13. In ballad vein
    Lyric Pieces, op.68
    14. Grandmother's Minuet
    15. At your feet
    16. At the cradle
    Lyric Pieces Op.71
    17. Once upon a time
    18. Puck
    19. Gone
    20. Remembrances


    LP3
    Holst: The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
    The Planets, Op.32
    1. Mars, the Bringer of War
    2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
    3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
    4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
    5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
    6. Uranus, the Magician
    7. Neptune, the Mystic


    LP4
    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Carl Orff (1895 - 1982)
    Carmina Burana; Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
    1. O Fortuna
    Uf dem Anger
    2. Were diu werlt alle min
    In Taberna
    3. In taberna quando sumusv
    Cour d'amours
    4. Veni, veni, venias


    LP5
    Strauss, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
    Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
    Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
    1. Von den Hinterweltlern
    2. Das Nachtwandlerlied


    LP6
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 ,,PathÉtique
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
    Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -PathÉtique
    1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
    2. Allegro con grazia
    3. Allegro molto vivace
    4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)

    Various Artists
    $109.99
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  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 & No.20 Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 & No.20 Quick View

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    Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 & No.20

    The first new release for ten years from Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado is their first ever album of concertos by Mozart. The legendary pianist and conductor add the sublime music of Mozart to their unrivalled, multi award-winning DG discography of concertos by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Liszt.


    Both concertos were recorded with Claudio Abbado's Orchestra Mozart, at concert performances at the 2013 Lucerne Festival that had critics searching
    for new superlatives. The album contrasts two very different works. Written in D minor, the key of the Queen Of the Night and the opening of Mozart's Requiem, the darkly dramatic No.20, K.466 has a stormy, operatic temperament that looks forward eighteen months to the premiere of Don Giovanni.


    With its majestic and radiant opening and a march famously reminiscent of the Marseillaise, No.25 in C major, K.503 is the culmination of the twelve transcendent concertos Mozart wrote in Vienna between 1784 and 1786. This release is Martha Argerich's first recording of solo concertos by Mozart on Deutsche Grammophon.

    1. Allegro maestoso [Live]
    2. Andante [Live]
    3. Allegretto [Live]
    4. Allegro [Live]
    5. Romance [Live]
    6. Rondo (Allegro assai) [Live]
    Martha Argerich / Claudio Abbado / Orchestra Mozart
    $25.99
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    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

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


    Pianist John Ogdon is backed by the Philharmonia Orchestra lead by Sir John Barbirolli on this audiophile recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto alongside Symphonic Variations by Cesar Franck.


    The 1962 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, held in Moscow, had joint winners: Vladimir Ashkenazy (then still a Soviet citizen) and the UK's John Ogdon. Ashkenazy was signed up by Decca and went on to carve a brilliant career for himself in the West and is still with us, John Odgon was signed by EMI and also enjoyed a brilliant career as a pianist noted for a phenomenal technique and deep musical sensibilities. He was also the composer of over 200 works, including 4 operas, orchestral and choral music, 2 piano concertos and many works for solo piano. However, in 1974 he suffered a nervous breakdown and displayed symptoms of bipolar disorder but was nursed back to health and performing by his wife and piano duet partner Brenda Lucas. He had become very active again recording and performing before being tragically struck down by pneumonia as a result of undiagnosed diabetes in August 1989.


    Recorded on 17 and 18 December 1962 at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London with legendary producer Victor Olof and Ronald Kinloch Anderson, and engineer Robert Gooch.


    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 using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.


    In the original June 1963 review in the GRAMOPHONE, Thomas Hearns was torn between the two versions of the same work by Ashkenazy and Ogdon that were both released and reviewed together:

    "It is in this [first] movement that Ogden excels. His opening is grander (helped by a recording full in body); elsewhere he alternates exquisite poetry with glittering brilliance and some wonderfully skittish delicacy... the sheer richness of the Philharmonia's strings or the recording quality gives them the more glorious sound. If I'm really pushed to a recommendation... I think Ogden has it."


    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


    Musicians:

    John Ogdon, piano

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Sir John Barbirolli, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Tchaikovsky
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
    1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
    2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
    3. Allegro con fuoco
    Cesar Franck
    4. Symphonic Variations
    Sir John Barbirolli
    $34.99
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    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is backed by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan for this audiophile recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.


    Features:

    Audiophile 180g Virgin Vinyl

    Cut at Emil Berliner Studio

    Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany

    From the Original Masters of Universal Music

    Audiophile Lacquer Discs Cut by the Expert Maarten de Boer


    Musicians:

    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

    Wiener Philharmoniker

    Herbert von karajan, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Opening Applause
    2. Allegro Moderato
    3. Canzonetta, Andante - Attacca
    4. Finale, Allegro Vivacissimo
    5. Closing Applause
    Anne-Sophie Mutter
    $39.99
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    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner)

    When the evenings grow longer, the autumn leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost calls during the night, then it is time to conjure up the magic world of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker while relaxing in front of a crackling fire.



    In this double album you will hear the delightfully varied ballet music in its entirety and not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly individual numbers, be it a dance, a march or a waltz, is enchanting with its ever varying orchestral colouring, here merry and impudent and tripping along lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigourous, even coarse.



    The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by its conductor of many years standing, Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. The DECCA team has once again proved its worth and leaves any nuts which still need to be cracked to the hi-fi equipment - the airy strings, the delicate triangles, the thrill of cymbals clashing, and the wooden clack of the castanets. And if, by an amazing coincidence, the heating should fail when you are listening to this record, there is no reason to worry - this music is guaranteed to warm the cockels of your heart and keep Jack Frost from the door.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October / November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker




    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.



    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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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
    $23.99
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  • Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Italien Etc Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Italien Etc Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Italien Etc

    Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180 Gram Vinyl


    Cut At Abbey Road Studios From The Original Stereo Analogue Master Tapes


    A selection of delightful Russian music, brilliantly conducted and beautifully played... said the GRAMOPHONE on this album's stereo release in July 1960. This atmospheric and superbly recorded album displays all Kletzki's hallmark qualities: precision of ensemble, clarity of instrumental detail and warmth of orchestral sound and has long been a collector's item.


    Although Paul Kletzki is now remembered as primarily a conductor, it was as a composer that he first made his mark in the 1920s and 1930s. He came to the attention of Toscanini and Furtwangler, the latter who permitted Kletzki to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1925 and championed his many compositions. His bitter personal experiences of the Second World War, however, in which he lost many of his family, appeared to destroy his creative spirit and he stopped composing in 1942. The rest of his career was devoted to conducting. He made several recordings for EMI in the Fifties and Sixties.


    Recorded on August 30 and September 3 & 4, 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London with legendary producers Victor Olof and Peter Andry (Capriccio Italien) and engineers Harold Davidson and Robert Gooch (Capriccio Italien). 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 using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England. Features the original album artwork.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    1. Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No.1 in D major Op.11)
    2. Capriccio Italien, Op.45


    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    1. Tsar Saltan Suite, Op.57


    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    2. Jota Aragonesa

    Paul Kletzki
    $34.99
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    Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Speakers Corner)

    Here is a true delight for all ballet fans and music-lovers. This recording of what is probably Tchaikovsky's most popular ballet, Swan Lake, by Ernest Ansermet and his orchestra in a masterly performance is now available as a new pressing in vinyl. The Russian composer's first ballet is offered here on a double LP and although not a complete recording, this compilation (with a minimum of cuts) certainly comprises the most beautiful and expressive scenes, losing nothing in the process.



    "Ballet specialist" Ansermet and his wonderfully balanced Orchestre de la Suisse Romande offer here a recording which you'll want to hear again and again for it captures both the tragic moments of the fairy tale and the festive dance scenes. The precise winds in, for example No. 4, provide a marked contrast to the lively and exciting tutti (No. 5), while the gentle woodwinds blend charmingly with the dreamlike cantilena of the strings (No. 11). The various characteristics of the festive national dances (Polkas, Mazurkas, Hungarian Dance etc.) are performed with temperament, verve and rhythm, but it is the waltzes with their sweet dreaminess which invite the listener most of all to put on their dancing shoes and join in the dance.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October/November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet



    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. Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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