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  • Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas Quick View

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    Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas

    After a career break of more than a decade, Kyung Wha Chung had announced the decision to return to the recording studio. With this first new album for Warner Classics, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of recording the complete violin solo works by J.S. Bach, a project very close to her heart. The album, recorded at St George's Bristol, showcases Kyung Wha Chung as the maverick of the violin that she is with her inimitable and timeless sound.
    1. Sonata No. 1 In G Minor
    2. Partita No. 1 In B Minor
    3. Sonata No. 2 In A Minor
    4. Partita No. 2 In D Minor
    5. Sonata No. 3 In C
    6. Partita No. 3 In E
    Kyung-Wha Chung
    Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 30 in E major op. 109, No. 31 in A-flat major op. 110, No. 32 in C minor op. 111

    Myths abound when it comes to the late works of important composers. It is debatable as to whether this is due to their timelessness, or their often extensive form, which makes great demands on the listener, or simply the supreme skill with regard to the composer's own musical language, which is demonstrated in mature works. It is commonly understood that a performer of late works should treat them with due respect and possess an exceptional command of his instrument. But not so with Glenn Gould, who at the tender age of 23, shortly after his recording debut for the Columbia label of Bach's Goldberg Variations, dared to perform Beethoven's last three Piano Sonatas.

    Gould, as always analytical, yet supremely flowing, carves out the tightly-knit contrapuntal structure of the fast movements. The slow movements are finely perceived though free of contemplative sentiment and waft gently through the air, here somewhat drily dabbed at, then again singing and full of round, melodious piano sound. Bar for bar it is noticeable that the young Gould knows exactly what he is doing and with whom he is dealing. Here in the hands of this young maestro Beethoven's spirit is certainly compelling and intoxicating.


    • Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)

    • Glenn Gould (piano)

    Recording: June 1956 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, by Fred Plaut in mono

    Production: Howard H. Scott

    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.

    1. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Vivace, Ma Non Troppo, Sempre Legato
    2. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Prestissimo
    3. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Andante Molto Cantabile Ed Espressivo; Variations I-VI
    4. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo
    5. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Allegro Molto
    6. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Adagio No Non Troppo (Beginning)
    7. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Fuga (Conclusion)
    8. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 - Maestoso; Allegro Con Brio Ed Appassionato
    9. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 - Arietta (Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile)
    Glenn Gould
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Bach Trios Bach Trios Quick View

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    Bach Trios

    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer perform works by J.S. Bach originally written for keyboard instruments plus a sonata for viola da gamba. Ma, Thile, and Meyer last recorded together, with Stuart Duncan, on the Grammy Award-winning album Goat Rodeo Sessions, which the Los Angeles Times called haunting, invigorating, often breathtaking. The vinyl edition of Bach Trios will be pressed on two 140-gram vinyl discs.
    1. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace
    2. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: II. Lento

    3. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: III. Allegro

    4. Prelude No. 19 in A Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 864

    5. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

    6. Fugue No. 20 in A Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 889

    7. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

    8. Prelude No. 18 in E Minor, BWV 548

    9. Fugue No. 18 in E Minor, BWV 548

    10. Passepied from Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829

    11. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Kimmel herunter, BWV 650

    12. Contrapunctus XIII: Rectus from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

    13. Contrapunctus XIII: Inversus from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

    14. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721

    15. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: I. Vivace

    16. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: II. Adagio

    17. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: III. Allegro
    Yo-Yo Ma / Chris Thile / Edgar Meyer
    140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Bach & Schumann Bach & Schumann Quick View

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    Bach & Schumann

    Their programme comprises Bach (Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017, whose lilting opening movement became the sublime 'Erbarme dich' from St Matthew Passion), Brahms (Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. posth.) and Schumann (FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73 and the Violin Sonata No 1 in A minor, Op 105). "Working with Martha was a unique experience for me," Itzhak Perlman has said Her brilliance and the colours she uses when she plays are recognisable as soon as you hear them: it's her - nobody else sounds like that I am so excited that we were actually able to record together again." Martha Argerich is no less enthusiastic in her praise of her duo partner: "I feel so stimulated to play with Itzhak, it's really a feast - fantastic! It's a very special relationship, I am completely enchanted. it's like having a conversation You get inspired by what you hear at a particular moment. There is an interplay, a lot of things happen - it has spontaneity!"
    1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
    2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: II. Allegretto
    3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: III. Lebhaft
    4. FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
    5. FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73: II. Lebhaft, leicht
    6. FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
    7. Sonatensatz in C Minor, Op. posth. FAE Sonata: Scherzo
    8. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano. Largo
    9. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro
    10. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio
    11. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: IV. Allegro
    Martha Argerich & Itzhak Perlman
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  • Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Quick View

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    Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

    Nonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City's Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs.

    Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species, says the New York Times. Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players ... Both love Bach and the Beatles, and both have developed fan bases bigger and broader (and younger) than their genre silos can accommodate.

    The two musicians first performed together in September 2011 as part of Mehldau's residency at London's Wigmore Hall. The Guardian said of that performance, Mehldau struck up his signature rocking chord vamp over which lightly struck motifs swell to sensuous extended melodies. Thile kept cajoling him with percussive snaps, flying runs, and chords strummed fast enough to sound as seamless as a purring strings section, inducing Mehldau to bat back the playful provocation with stinging rejoinders.

    MacArthur Fellow and A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer called the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen. The band has released four albums on Nonesuch beginning in 2008: Punch, Antifogmatic, Who's Feeling Young Now?, and The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile's other releases on the label include Sleep with One Eye Open with Michael Daves; Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile and Bass & Mandolin-the latter of which won a Grammy Award; a solo record of Bach violin sonatas and partitas; and A Dotted Line with his longtime band Nickel Creek. He also recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer on the double Grammy Award-winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

    Brad Mehldau's Nonesuch debut was the 2004 solo disc Live in Tokyo and includes six records with his trio: House on Hill, Day Is Done, Brad Mehldau Trio Live, Ode, Where Do You Start, and Blues and Ballads. His collaborative records on the label include Love Sublime, Highway Rider, Metheny Mehldau, Metheny Mehldau Quartet, Modern Music, and Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. Mehldau's additional solo albums on Nonesuch include Live in Marciac and last year's 8-LP/4-CD 10 Years Solo Live, which the New York Times says contains some of the most impressive pianism he has captured on record. Earlier this year, he released a duo album with Joshua Redman, Nearness, of which the Wall Street Journal said: Few records released this year better define what jazz sounds like today, even if there isn't a hip noun to describe it.

    1. The Old Shade Tree (Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile)
    2.Tallahassee Junction (Brad Mehldau)
    3. Scarlet Town (David Rawlings & Gillian Welch)
    4. I Cover the Waterfront (Johnny Green & Edward Heyman)
    5. Independence Day (Elliott Smith)
    6. Noise Machine (Chris Thile)
    7. The Watcher (Brad Mehldau)
    8. Daughter of Eve (Chris Thile)
    9. Fast As You Can (Fiona Apple)*
    10. Marcie (Joni Mitchell)
    11. Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Bob Dylan)
    12. Tabhair dom do Lámh (Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin)

    *Vinyl-only bonus track

    Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Salzburg Recital The Salzburg Recital Quick View

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    The Salzburg Recital

    W. A. MOZART

    Piano Sonatas KV 280 · KV 332


    24 PrÉludes op. 28

    2 Mazurkas op. 68 No. 2 · op. 63 No. 3


    2 Poèmes op. 69


    Les Sauvages


    Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639

    LP 1
    Side 1: The Salzburg Recital

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
    Piano Sonata No.2 In F, K.280
    1. Allegro assai 7:42
    2. Adagio 9:52
    3. Presto 4:16
    Grigory Sokolov

    Side 2: The Salzburg Recital

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
    Piano Sonata No.12 In F, K.332
    1. Allegro 10:31
    2. Adagio 5:42
    3. Allegro assai 10:50
    Grigory Sokolov

    Side 1: The Salzburg Recital

    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    24 PrÉludes, Op.28
    1. In C Major 0:53
    2. In A Minor 2:29
    3. In G Major 0:58
    4. In E Minor 2:21
    5. In D Major 0:34
    6. In B Minor 2:21
    7. In A Major 0:45
    8. In F Sharp Minor 1:56
    9. In E Major 1:23
    10. In C Sharp Minor 0:41
    11. In B Major 0:57
    12. In G Sharp Minor 1:16
    13. In F Sharp Major 3:51
    14. In E Flat Minor 0:39
    15. In D Flat Major (Raindrop) 7:11
    Grigory Sokolov

    Side 2: The Salzburg Recital

    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    24 PrÉludes, Op.28
    16. In B Flat Minor 1:05
    17. In A Flat Major 3:45
    18. In F Minor 1:07
    19. In E Flat Major 1:16
    20. In C Minor 1:45
    21. In B Flat Major 2:27
    22. In G Minor 1:01
    23. In F Major 1:06
    24. In D Minor 2:59
    Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
    10. Poème, Op.69 No.1 2:06
    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    11. Mazurka In A Minor, Op.68 No.2 3:47
    Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
    12. Poème, Op.69 No.2 1:35
    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    13. Mazurka In C Sharp Minor, Op.63 No.3 2:43
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)
    Premier Livre de pieces de clavecin
    Suite In G Minor-Major (1728)
    14. Les Sauvages 1:45
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
    15. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

    Grigory Sokolov
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Bach: Sonata and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Out Of Stock) Bach: Sonata and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Bach: Sonata and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Out Of Stock)

    Nonesuch Records releases an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile in 2013. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. The album was produced by Thile's friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.

    Thile explains his connection to the composer: "Bach was my first meaningful experience with-for lack of a better word-classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on."

    He continues, "This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin-like, 'Oh boy, what fun, he's playing a weird instrument!' It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light.

    Chris Thile, whom London's Independent calls "the most remarkable mandolinist in the world," is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile will be touring this summer with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, with whom he released last year's The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammys in 2013.

    As a soloist, Thile has released five previous albums. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released the Grammy-nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including BÉla Fleck, Brad Mehldau, and Hilary Hahn. For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with which he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a Grammy.

    The New Yorker's Alec Wilkinson said of Punch Brothers: "each musician has a deep command of his instrument their technique and specific sensibilities have given Punch Brothers a sound that is strikingly coherent and singular, even if they haven't yet settled on a genre Each of the musicians plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of." Their latest album, the critically acclaimed Who's Feeling Young Now?, was released in 2012 on Nonesuch Records.


    Chris Thile, mandolin


    Produced by Edgar Meyer

    Recorded and Mixed by Richard King

    Recorded January 12-17, 2013, at The Barn, Washington, MA

    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland ME

    Illustration by Oliver Jeffers

    Design by Rory Jeffers

    Photography by Ryan Mastro

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

    1. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
    2. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro
    3. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
    4. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
    5. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
    6. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
    7. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
    8. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto
    9. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
    10. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
    11. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea
    12. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
    13. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
    14. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
    15. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
    16. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro
    Chris Thile
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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