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Classical Vinyl Records
The Chicago Years (Box Set)6-LP Box Set Showcasing Solti's Years With The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti was one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant conductors and a leading figure of musical culture in Europe and the US. Solti’s remarkable partnership with the CSO began in 1954, when Solti first led the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. Solti served as Music Director for 22 years and Music Director Laureate for a further 7 years until his passing and is credited with greatly extending and building the Orchestra's reputation worldwide. He is the winner of 33 Grammys$199.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs SealedBuy Now
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G; Overture 'Leonore No.3'. . . in one word is superb. The range of Ashkenazy's tone is tremendous…Sir Georg Solti's accompaniment is righton the spot and his Chicago orchestra is recorded with a fine depth of sound. - Gramophone MagazineBeethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major, Op.58
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
Beethoven: Leonore No.3", Op.72b
4. Overture$25.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Venice200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Mastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Willem Makee
Deluxe Die-Cut Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
Includes Book Filled With Liner Notes, Images, And More
Georg Solti, conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Originally released in 1959. Ravishing string tone and superior dynamics. Indisputably beautiful string tone in Act One of Traviata. About a minute or so into the last band on side one, one hears the famous Underground subway rumbling beneath Kingsway Hall. The Underground, the Aldrich-Holborn line, was a constant factor to be addressed by Decca engineers.
Recorded in Kingsway Hall
Producer: Michael Bremner
Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
This title is not eligible for discount.1. La Traviata: PRELUDE TO ACT I
2. L’Italiana in Algeri: OVERTURE
3. La Traviata: PRELUDE TO ACT III
4. The Tales of Hoffmann: BARCAROLLE
5. Semiramide: OVERTURE
6. La Gioconda: DANCE OF THE HOURS
$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Mahler: Symphony No.8Decca 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 Sir Georg Solti leading the Chicago Symphony in Mahler’s spectacular Symphony no. 8. ‘’This performance is still hailed as something of a benchmark – spine-tingling and electrifying.’’ (BBC Music Magazine)1. Hymnus, Veni, Creator Spiritus
2. Final Scene From Goethe's Faust
3. Uns Bleibt Ein Erdenrest
4. Blicket Auf - Alle Reuig Zarten
$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Balakirev: Islamey (Speakers Corner)
Rachmaninov’s piano works, and in particular his Second Piano Concerto, have fired the enthusiasm of music lovers throughout the world. Dedicated to the psychologist Dr. Nikolai Dahl who had cured the composer of depression, the Second Piano Concerto was given its premiere in Moscow on 10 November 1901 with Rachmaninov himself at the piano and has proved itself to be one of the most successful of its genre among Russian piano repertory. The introduction itself with its powerful sequence of chords rivets the audience’s attention and makes each and every listener eager to hear what is yet to come. Katchen’s interpretation is particularly impressive for its austere and powerful introduction, but the lyrical passages too – superabundant in this work – are filled with a delightful, dreamy lightness. Tchaikovsky‘s influence, a Russian soulfulness, and a certain melancholic yearning in the opulent melodies – all are brilliantly portrayed by the pianist. And he finds an ideal partner in the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Solti proves yet again that he is a master of phrasing and interwoven part-writing; resolutely, with elegance and sharply pointed rhythm, he leads the soloist and orchestra to a brilliant finish.
Recording: June 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth Wilkinson / 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.
This title is not eligible for discount.Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra / Balakirev: “Islamey” – Julius Katchen, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg So$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now