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Classical Vinyl Records
Debussy: La Mer (The Sea) & Ibert Ports Of CallRCA 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!
Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony perform Debussy: La Mer and Ibert: Ports Of Call. Recorded in 1958.
This title is not eligible for discount.Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Jacques Ibert (1890 - 1962)
Ports of Call
$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Images pour Orchestre (Speakers Corner)
“And the blind shall see” – promising words indeed! And very apt to describe the impressionist tonal paintings of Claude Debussy, who exchanged the paintbrush for a pen and the canvas for manuscript paper. Debussy’s musical tools were not so much the etching-needle or sharp pencil but rather more a rich variety of glorious paints on his palette and thick brushes and sponges to form flowing figures and shapes on his musical canvas. With the Images pour Orchestre, the art lover possesses three of the mature composer’s most important musical paintings to hang in his gallery.
Thanks to its rhythmic and melodic structure, Ibéria is very probably the most striking of these three studies. The impressionistic, frazzled theme is lent substance through the familiar sounds and rhythms of Spanish folk music; Debussy conjures up the moods and impressions of a landscape which he himself hardly knew. And should the listener not be in a position to wander the streets and pathways, to breathe the perfume of the night, nor to enjoy a fiesta morning, then this record will certainly enable him to “see” all this for himself.
Recording: May 1957 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.Debussy: Images pour Orchestre “Gigues”, “Ibéria” and “Rondes de Printemps” - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ataúlfo Argenta$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Debussy: Iberia (200 Gram)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!
Alborado del Grassio - This is the one of the most demanding recordings we have ever reissued. This piece of music is thrilling in its dynamic contrasts - absolutely not to be missed - I'd buy two and save one if I were you.
This title is not eligible for discount.$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now