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Music Composed By Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini composed and conducted the score for the 1966 film Arabesque, starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. The soundtrack album contains nine instrumental pieces, including The Zoo Chase in three parts and a vocal version of We've Loved Before performed by a mixed chorus.
As you might expect from music written to serve a film about international intrigue, the moods vary from exotic with Arabesque, and Facade to whimsical in Ascot to what can only be described as spy music in The Zoo Chase, Pt. 3.
Something for Sophia is a jazzy, rhythmic composition that features the guest trumpet of Jack Sheldon. The most compelling piece is the spooky Dream Street, written to accompany a bizarre murder scene, which is nearly as ambient and odd as Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports. The first two parts of The Zoo Chase, too, find Mancini working in this otherworldly realm of tense, atmospheric music.
Arabesque is an intriguing instrumental work of many moods and styles that can be enjoyed on its own merits.1. Arabesque
2. We've Loved Before (Instrumental) [Yasmin's Theme]
4. Dream Street
6. Something For Sophia
7. We've Loved Before (Vocal)
8. Shower Of Paradise
9. The Zoo Chase
- Pt. 1: Arabesque Theme
- Pt. 2: Aquarium Scene
- Pt. 3: Arabesque Theme
10. Bagdad On Thames$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brand New DayAvailable for the first time on vinyl, Brand New Day contained the breakout arabesque track "Desert Rose." The 2LP set is packaged in an exact replica of the original artwork, on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The new vinyl master was cut at the legendary Abbey Road studios to ensure exceptional audio quality.LP 1
1. A Thousand Years
2. Desert Rose (feat. Cheb Mami)
3. Big Lie Small World
4. After The Rain Has Fallen
5. Perfect Love...Gone Wrong
1. Tomorrow We'll See
2. Prelude To The End Of The Game
3. Fill Her Up
4. Ghost Story
5. Brand New Day$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SteepleSteeple is the first album proper from Wolf People and it represents the emergence of a fully fledged band from the fragmented, haunted bedroom meanderings of their Tidings singles compilation. Recorded in a converted chicken barn on the grounds of a 17th century Welsh mansion, Steeple takes on a heavier sound while maintaining the arabesque electric guitars, groove-laden drums and ethereal vocals that characterized its predecessor.1. Silbury Sands
2. Tiny Circle
3. Painted Cross
4. Morning Born
6. One By One From Dorney Reach
7. Castle Keep
8. Banks of Sweet Dundee Pt. 1
9. Banks of Sweet Dundee Pt. 2$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Round About Midnight (Awaiting Repress)Hipness Personified: Davis Columbia Records Debut Highlights His Diverse Palette and Famed Quintet
Lifelike Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Presents This Standard with a Dynamic Sound That Allows You to Picture Davis Mouth as He Blows Harmon-Muted Trumpet
Blowing Cool and Hot Jazz: Quintet Plays Reflective Ballads, Pop Standards, and Fervent Bop on One of Eras Only Complete Start-to-Finish Full-Length LPs
Sketches of Spain, Milestones, Kind of Blue, Four & More, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity
Miles Davis first album for Columbia, Round About Midnight, represents both the beginning of a three-plus-decade relationship with the famed label as well as the start of an extended collaboration with then-unknown saxophonist John Coltrane. As one of the eras only complete start-to-finish full-length LPs, the 1957 set stands as a hard-bop benchmarka summation of the styles that came before its creation, an immersion into the periods cutting-edge strains, and a hint of the rivoluse modalism that would follow.
Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Round About Midnight now resonates with a physical palpability and emotional heft never before experienced. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g LP edition traces the individual paths each musician takes in contributing to the whole, whether its pianist Red Garlands left hand spinning actinoid chords or Coltrane infusing a tune with harmony-defying fills that suggest arabesque patterns. Recorded at three separate sessions, the music has never sounded so cohesive, immediate, or involving.
Historically, few jazz records claim the significance boasted by Round About Midnight. The albums creationand the assembly of Davis quintet, which also includes Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jonesstems from the headliners rousing rendition of the title-inspired track, Round Midnight, a Thelonious Monk standard, at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. Stunning the audience with an interpretation that witnessed him personalize the composition with a brooding tone made possible via employment of his soon-to-be-trademark Harmon mute, Davis redefined perspective and possibility, taking ownership of the ballad as his own, and further improving upon its reach in the studio. It wasnt the composers only surprise.
'Round About Midnight thrives due to diversity and consistency, a rare combination epitomized by the first-rate selection and astonishing performance of pensive ballads, bebop classics, pop standards, and folk pieces. Witness the counterpoint exchanges during Ah-Leu-Cha and its Dixieland shades. Soak up the progressive drama and swinging tempos on All of You and Bye Bye Blackbird. Delight in the mÉlange of latticed textures and schematic moods throughout the sequence, here presented in gorgeous fidelity, zeroing in on Davis warm, plush, rich, and close-up trumpet timbres and how, by playing his instrument right near the microphone, he infuses the arrangements with the sort of daring intimacy embraced by two lovers.
Tension, suggestiveness, calm, mystery, nostalgia: All here. Gather now, Round About Midnight. Slip on a pair of shades, draw the curtains, slouch into a chair, and light a cigarette. This is Miles and Co. at their best. Hipness personified.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Round Midnight
3. All of You
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Tadds Delight
6. Dear Old Stockholm$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
MythomaniaCryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment. The surefooted and richly nuanced vocal arabesques of Nedelle Torrisi, like a modern day Freddie Mercury or Ronnie Spector, strangely complement the guitar of Chris Cohen, which sounds like a maniacally sped-up a la Les Paul or staccato and funny like Roy Smeck or Adolph Jacobs of the Coasters. Syncopated drum corps rudiments and pit-orchestra rave-ups from Michael Carreira propel the songs with a refreshingly buoyant touch that never lapses into rock music clich?s. There are also widescreen cinematic moments that take on a mournful and otherworldly pathos, like Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini, but with vocals by Cambodian 60's pop legend Ros Serey Sothea or like Arabic diva Fairouz singing along to a psychedelic film score by Popol Vuh.1. Tail & Mane
2. What You Can't See Is
3. Blue Tears
5. The Loving Sun
6. Gotta Get Into That Feeling
7. One Block Wonders
8. The Cage
10. I'll Take the Long Way
11. New Spell$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SPCO-SPE-835249xPyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
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.
- 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
2nd Mov.: Andantino In Modo Di Canzona
3rd Mov.: Scherzo (Allegro)
4th Mov.: Finale (Allegro Con Fuoco)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & GreensleevesGrammy®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson has captured this colorful, beloved English music in brilliant HD sound. The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten s Orchestra, received a Grammy® for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere, although the title is now unfortunately out of print.
This release again features Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and, in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque, and Naxos. Producer David Frost won Grammy® Awards in 2005, 2009, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy®-winning titles.Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
4. Entr'acte, andante
5. Ballet and Final Tableau
6. Fantasia on Greensleeves
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
7-20. Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, Op. 36$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now