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Holst The Planets (Awaiting Repress)Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for this audiophile recording of Holst's The Planets.
"The scoring of the Planets is rich and extravagant (quadruple wood-wind, enormous brass and a percussion section requiring three players, not to mention such exotic additions as bass flute, bass tuba and organ) and yet the sound is always clear and transparent. There are two other ingredients to add to this formula - melodic invention and a great sense of rhythm. Holst had these in plenty. If his methods seemed novel during his life-time they have become commonplace since - but never dull.
"The suite opens with Mars, the Bringer of War with its relentless, hammering five four rhythm. The movement is in simple ternary form. Brass dominates in the tremendous build-up and release of forces....
"Venus, the Bringer of Peace is also the goddess of love and Holst allows his music more sensuality than elsewhere. Gone are the harsh pounding rhythm and snarling brass. They are replaced by serenity and coolness...
"Mercury, the Winged Messenger is a symphonic scherzo of unparalleled lightness and volatility. The effect is obtained by mixing tonalities and time signatures. The distant keys of B flat and E are juxtaposed and there is a constant mixture of triple and duple time...
"Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity comes as a contrast to the vapid Mercury, with its boisterous dances and broad hymn tune...The king of gods would surely have been pleased with such a regal anthem...
"Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age is Holst at his deepest and most intensely personal. It is an excursion into cold and dreary open spaces so often explored right up to the end of his life. The syncopated oscillations between two dissonant chords seem to be borrowed from Schoenberg while the slow melody of the double basses surely epitomizes senescence itself...
"Uranus, the Magician: Trumpets and trombones blare out a portentous invocation, echoed by tubas and timpani. Bassoons are next on the scene to establish the piece's galumphing 6/4 gate...
"Neptune, the Mystic: This is real music of the stars - free from all earthly sentiment. It is a vision of remote beauty and ideal perfection. Silvery sounds unfold yet without the remotest suggestion of a theme to disturb the spiritual concentration. There is constant shifting of harmony and changing tone colour. The icy tinkling of celesta and glockenspiel and the wordless, disembodied female chorus which floats over and around the closing pages were later (some 35 years later) to find their way into Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica. There is, and can be, no end to this music - it fades away but cannot die: it is as infinite as space itself and as intangible as the most distant parts of the subconscious." - from liner notes
This title is not eligible for discount.Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets - suite
1. I. Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
2. II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
3. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
4. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso
5. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
6. VI. Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
7. VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante
$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Holst: The PlanetsNewly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, Decca are proud to present Holst’s The Planets with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Featuring the original artwork, this release has been carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.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
$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Vivaldi: Die vier JahreszeitenPinchas Zukerman · Isaac Stern
Itzhak Perlman · Shlomo Mintz
Ida Haendel · Ivry Gitlis
Israel Philharmonic OrchestraLP 1 / Side 1: Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings, Op.8, No.1 - 4
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera"
1. 1. Allegro
2. 2. Largo
3. 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
Isaac Stern, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
Concerto For Violin And Strings In G Minor, Op.8, No.2, RV 315, "L'estate"
4. 1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
5. 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
6. 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
LP 1 / Side 2: Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings, Op.8, No.1 - 4
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno"
1. 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
2. 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
3. 3. Allegro (La caccia)
Shlomo Mintz, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno"
4. 1. Allegro non molto
5. 2. Largo
6. 3. Allegro
Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
LP 2 / Side 1: J.S. Bach: Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 / Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso In B Minor, Op.3/10 , RV 580 / Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra In E Flat, K.364
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043
1. 1. Vivace
2. 2. Largo ma non tanto
3. 3. Allegro
Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Concerto grosso in B minor, Op.3/10 , RV 580
4. 1. Allegro
5. 2. Largo - Larghetto - Largo
6. 3. Allegro
Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Isaac Stern, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz
LP 2 / Side 2: J.S. Bach: Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 / Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso In B Minor, Op.3/10 , RV 580 / Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra In E Flat, K.364
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K.364
1. 1. Allegro maestoso
2. 2. Andante
3. 3. Presto
$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 In D Minor/ ForresterDouble 33 1/3 Gatefold LP
Mastered By Veteran Lp Mastering Engineer Willem Makkee
Plated And Pressed On 200-gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!
Experience overwhelming sonics on this 2 LP Decca. Mahler Symphony No. 3 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta with Maureen Forrester, contralto. Considered to be one of the best Decca recordings; made in March 1978 in Royce Hall, U.S.A. by recording engineers James Lock and Simon Eadon. Mastered by noted mastering engineer Willem Makkee from the original tapes on a Neumann VMS 80 lathe.
This title is not eligible for discount.Side 1
I Kräftig (Part 1)
I Kräftig (conclusion)
II Tempo di menuetto (Violin solo: Sidney Harth)
III Comodo (Posthorn solo: Robert di Vall)
IV Sehr langsam — Misterioso “O Mensch! O Mensch!” - With MAUREEN FORRESTER, contralto
V Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck “Bimm bamm” - With MAUREEN FORRESTER, contralto, The California Boys’ Choir
$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Holst: The Planets (Speakers Corner)
Earth was not created in a day. And the same applies to Gustav Holst’s interplanetary symphony which took him about three years to write. The composer employs a massive orchestra and rich orchestral colouring to portray each planet in his musical psychogram.
Mars, the Bringer of War, rages with mechanical brutality, while Venus brings peace and an acceptance of life. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, darts here and there with quicksilver speed, while powerful and sovereign Jupiter brings jollity and reassurance. Saturn plods by with heavy tread, while Uranus with its contrasting changes in tempo remains enigmatic and extrovert. And because Pluto, the most distant planet had not yet been discovered, it is Neptune, the great unknown, which is lost in time and space in an endless ostinato of female voices. Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present this astronomical journey with precision and exhilaration, leaving neither time nor space for astrological speculation. As always, the excellent DECCA recording quality guarantees an unimpeded view of this musical galaxy.
Recording: April 1971 at Royce Hall, Los Angeles by James Lock and Colin Moorfoot
Production: John Mordler
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.Holst: The Planets$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Pre-Order)Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
The Los Angeles Philharmonic are conducted by Zubin Mehta for this audiophile 45rpm 180g vinyl reissue of the stirring representation of Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra.
• Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets
• Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
• Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl
• Double LP
• Pressed at RTI
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Recorded in 1968
This title is not eligible for discount.Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
1. Also Sprach Zarathustra
$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs SealedPRE-ORDER Buy Now