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Schubert: The "Great" C Major SymphonyA rare new vinyl release conducted by Claudio Abbado in 2011, a legendary conductor still missed by many in the concert hall and the studio. After Abbado’s first performance of the work in Den Haag in 1966, he returned again and again to Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony. 25 years after his first recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Abbado's new interpretation of this symphony reveals a wealth of new details, making it his definitive take on the work.LP1
Schubert: The "Great" C Major Symphony, D. 944
1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo 16:28
2. Andante con moto 15:28
Schubert: The "Great" C Major Symphony, D. 944
1. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 14:43
2. Allegro vivace 16:05
$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
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
CHOPIN | LISZT Piano Concertos No. 1
London Symphony Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 25
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G | RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
London Symphony Orchestra
$109.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs SealedBuy Now
Chopin & Liszt: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra (Speakers Corner)
The virtuoso concerto is often criticised by audiences chatting in the concert-hall foyer as being superficial and narcistic, but a brilliant soloist performing with a dramatic and sonorous orchestra certainly has no need for excuses. Let’s be honest: we all want to enjoy the brilliance and ecstasy of such music. Putting Chopin’s brilliant youthful work, with which he took Paris by the storm, alongside Liszt’s symphonically structured work with its manifold improvisatory passages is rather like comparing apples and oranges. However, a compilation of the two works on one record is highly desirable, especially when the youthful and athletic Martha Argerich is at the keyboard. She lends Chopin’s dominant piano part elegance, pearly lightness, and brings out his exquisite harmonies to create haunting poetry in music.
Just as effortlessly she brings the sharp contrasts between lyrical airiness and extreme tension to perfection in Liszt’s E flat major concerto. With shivers running down the spine, one eagerly awaits Argerich playing the forceful passages, where her complete control is particularly evident in the phenomenal chordal passages.
Recording: Feburary 1968 at Walthamstow Townhall, London by Heinz Wildhagen
Production: Rainer Brock
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.Frédéric Copin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1
Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1
Martha Argerich and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9In January 2014, music lovers worldwide were saddened to learn that Claudio Abbado had passed away.
Deutsche Grammophon feels immensely blessed and proud to be releasing together with Accentus Music Bruckner’s Symphony no. 9 in D minor, which was recorded as part of Abbado’s final concert.
“Mr. Abbado led an otherworldly account of Bruckner's 9th Symphony. Never have I heard as magisterial and moving performance of the work as that given by the 80-year-old maestro and his fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra. (Wall Street Journal)
Afitting tribute to an irreplaceable artist, who was one of the greatest conductors and most inspiring musical figures of our time.
With this record, Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music wish to pay tribute to the maestro and honor what would have been his 81st birthday at the end of June.1. Feierlich. Misterioso [Live At KKL, Lucerne / 2013]
2. Scherzo (Bewegt lebhaft) - Trio (Schnell) [Live At KKL, Lucerne / 2013]
3. Adagio (Langsam, feierlich) [Live At KKL, Lucerne / 2013]
$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 & No.20The 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]
$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now