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  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

    Beethoven was Wilhelm FurtwÄngler's guiding musical force. In his interpretations of the symphonies, the conductor generates irresistible dramatic momentum - and a constant sense of imaginative freshness - through the interrelationship of form, harmony, texture, rhythm and tempo. No work appeared more frequently in FurtwÄngler's concert programmes than Beethoven's Fifth. Between 1918 and his death in 1954, he conducted more than a hundred performances, including a superbly realized 1937 HMV studio recording with the Berlin Philharmonic and this formidable studio remake with the Vienna Philharmonic, further proof of his astonishing ability to penetrate a work to its core yet preserve it as a living entity.
    1. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): I. Allegro con brio
    2. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): II. Andante con moto
    3. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): III. Allegro -
    4. Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (2010 Remastered Version): IV. Allegro - Presto
    Wilhelm Furtwangler
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  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) (Speakers Corner)

    Recordings of classical repertoire in the Fifties and Sixties were made during a time of technical development, which is hardly given a thought in our day with its global digitization and mass reproduction. To appreciate the improvement offered by analogue recording technology as opposed to a high-quality mono reproduction, one can do no better than listen to the present rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. Bruno Walter and his handpicked Columbia Symphony Orchestra present this major orchestral work with its heroic, revolutionary character as a grand symphonic undertaking. Thanks to the new studio technology, Beethoven's 'new path', and his daring experiment with musical form and content is revealed with previously unheard of depth and amplitude. Just how prudently Walter approaches the score is shown again and again in the highly detailed reconstruction and finely chiseled rendition of passages for small ensembles. Instead of depending upon brusque contrasts of the elements, Walter's conducting concentrates on exposing the wealth of differing styles and tonality in the score. This strategy of balancing out the contrasts blazed a trail for today's unremitting search for the much-heralded original sound.

    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

    Musicians:

    • Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)
    • The Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter

    Recording: January 1958 at Legion Hall, Hollywood (CA)

    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.

    Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat Major, Op. 55 ("Eroica")
    1. Allegro Con Brio
    2. Funeral March (Adagio Assai)
    3. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace) - Trio
    4. Finale (Allegro Molto - Poco Andante)
    Bruno Walter
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 (Awaiting Repress) Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 (Awaiting Repress)

    One of four legendary LP albums that represent Carlos Kleiber's entire orchestral output for Deutsche
    Grammophon, now available individually. These LPs were expertly produced from the recent 24-bit remastered
    recordings, which are as faithful to the original analogue sources as possible. Manufactured on 180-gram vinyl, each record comes with its original LP front and back covers.
    1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
    2. Allegretto
    3. Presto - Assai meno presto
    4. Allegro con brio
    Carlos Kleiber
    $25.99
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  • Beethoven Symphonie No.6 Beethoven Symphonie No.6 Quick View

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    Beethoven Symphonie No.6

    Karl Bohm conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker, performing Ludwig Van Beethoven's Symphonie Nr.6.


    Musicians:


    Wiener Philharmoniker

    Karl Bohm, conductor

    Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastoral


    1. Awaking of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country

    2. Scene at the Brook

    3. Merry Gathering of Country People

    4. Thunderstorm

    5. Sheperd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm.

    Karl Bohm
    $44.99
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  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

    Import


    Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D
    minor, Op. 125" (also known as "the Choral"), is
    Beethoven's final complete symphony. Completed
    in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known
    works in classical music. "Egmont Overture, Op.
    84" by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a set of incidental
    music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name
    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It consists of an
    overture followed by a sequence of nine pieces
    for soprano, male narrator and full symphony
    orchestra. Beethoven wrote it between October
    1809 and June 1810. The "Leonora Overture No.
    3, Op. 72a was composed in 1806, and is the most
    successful of the three Leonora overtures.

    LP 1: SYMPHONY NO. 9 IN D MINOR "CHORAL", OP. 125
    1. I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
    2. II. Molto vivace
    3. III. Adagio molto e cantabile 1


    LP 2:
    1. IV. Presto
    2. IV. Presto - Allegro assai 1
    3. Egmont Overture, Op. 84
    4.Leonore Overture NO. 3, Op. 72a

    Ferenc Fricsay / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    $37.99
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  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

    " undoubtedly a great performance: the power of this interpretation is so compelling, its beauty so moving, and the solo quartet is, I imagine, as good as you could find " - Gramophone

    A historic version of one of the most famous classical works ever, recorded at the occasion of the re-opening of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1951.

    LP 1
    1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
    2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto


    LP 2
    1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral': III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
    2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai

    Wilhelm Furtwangler
    $29.99
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  • Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

    The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Doráti, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
    1. First Movement: Poco Sostenuto; Vivace
    2. Second Movement: Allegretto
    3. Third Movement: Presto; Presto Meno Assai; Presto
    4. Fourth Movement Allegro Con Brio
    5. Fidelio Overture, 72b
    Antal Dorati & The London Symphony Orchestra
    $18.99
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  • Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67

    One of four legendary LP albums that represent Carlos Kleiber's entire orchestral output for Deutsche
    Grammophon, now available individually. These LPs were expertly produced from the recent 24-bit remastered
    recordings, which are as faithful to the original analogue sources as possible. Manufactured on 180-gram vinyl, each record comes with its original LP front and back covers.
    1. Allegro con briobr
    2. Andante con moto
    3. Allegro
    4. Allegro
    Carlos Kleiber
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastorale Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastorale Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastorale


    The Famed Recording Returns In A Premier Vinyl Reissue From Analogue Productions!


    Mastered From The Original Tapes By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings On 200-gram Vinyl!


    Deluxe Old-style Tip-on Gatefold Jacket With Additional Photos From The Sony Music Archives!


    Bruno Walter helped shape the very essence of interpretive style among conductors. Walter's rendition of Beethoven's sixth symphony is perhaps the greatest ever recorded - his reading of the score comes off sounding like a piece of literature or poetry, but that is a great thing and perfectly blends with the music to create a benchmark recording.


    And here, once again, Analogue Productions has taken a classic and shaped it to make the premier reissue of this famed LP. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound mastered this album from the original analog tapes. The cut lacquers were plated and pressed to 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings. The Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket has been upgraded handsomely by a series of rarely-seen photos of Walter from the Sony Music Archives. Everything about this reissue radiates quality.


    Written in 1808, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major (Pastoral), Op. 68, is deemed one of the most influential by the famed composer. Unlike the vast majority of assumed names by which his works have become known, Beethoven directed from the very outset that his sixth symphony be titled Pastoral Symphony, or a recollection of country life. It was a musical approach to the forces of nature that inspired Beethoven.


    Walter's late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional musicians assembled by Columbia Records for recordings.


    Originally released in 1958, this recording still sounds fresh, with a broad soundstage, persuasive depth, and a remarkable sense of air and presence. Simply because of Walter's vibrant, fluid interpretation, taking into account both variable tempi and heightened accents, the result is one of the most passionate, awe-inspiring recorded versions of this symphony that's ever been recorded.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I. Allegro ma non troppo (The awakening of joyful feelings upon arrival in the country)
    2. II. Andante molto moto (The Brook)
    3. III. Allegro (Village Festival)
    4. IV. Allegro (The Storm)
    5. V. Allegretto (Shepherd's Song)
    Bruno Walter
    $34.99
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  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    It was clear from the start that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its air of solemnity in the final chorus, which calls for brotherly love just as the New Year comes in, would become a musical part of our world's cultural legacy. Hundreds of minds, Beethoven researcher Karl Nef prophesied, have been set in motion by this music in the most varied ways, and it will continue not only to bestow pleasure upon countless thousands, but also to stimulate mental life right at the most fundamental level.



    There are certainly only a very few truly cerebral interpretations which stand out from the fathomless mass of recordings. One of those upon which "The Absolute Sound" journal has stamped its coveted seal of approval is the recording with Georg Solti and his perfectly honed symphony musicians from Chicago. Here, this usually somewhat daring baton-wielder plumbs the very depths of the score and allows Beethoven's rich abundance of ideas to ferment into a great whole.



    The four soloists prove their worth as first choice for the richly detailed and balanced synopsis of this fissured work. They captivate us as much in the solo as in the group singing with their natural and expressive intonation. The dry, very present sound highlights the fact that this is an artistic performance at the highest level.




    Musicians:



    • Pilar Lorengar, Stuart Burrows, and other soloists

    • The Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)




    Recording: May 1972 in the Krannert Centre of the University of Illinois, Chicago, by Kenneth Wilkinson and Gordon Parry

    Production: David Harvey



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - Pastoral Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - Pastoral Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - Pastoral

    Recorded Live At Musikverein, Vienna In 1978 With The Wiener Philharmoniker


    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, plays the Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Recorded live at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal.

    1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
    2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
    3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
    4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
    5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare GefÜhle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
    Leonard Bernstein
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (Box Set) Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (Box Set) Quick View

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    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (Box Set)

    7x 180 Gram Vinyl Box Set


    Newly Remastered At Half-Speed Affording A Greater Fidelity Of Higher Frequencies And An Epic Improvement In Sound Quality


    Newly-Cut Lacquers From Emil Berliner Studios From The Original Analog Tapes


    Lift-off Lid Box With Adapted Original Cover Of The Original 1980 Release


    Leonard Bernstein's legendary Beethoven Symphony cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic, from 1977-1979. Newly
    remastered at half-speed affording a greater fidelity of higher frequencies and an epic improvement in sound
    quality. Newly-cut lacquers from Emil Berliner Studios from the original analog tapes, 180-gram vinyl in a numbered
    edition, lift-off lid box with adapted original cover of the original 1980 release. 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of
    Leonard Bernstein's birth.

    Leonard Bernstein
    $179.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 7 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Speakers Corner)

    Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Korngold - Bruno Walter knew them all: musicians who sought refuge from the henchmen of the Nazi Party in the New World and found artistic fulfilment there. And they all knew him and his meteoric rise to success at all the great houses in Europe. Formed by working with Gustav Mahler in Hamburg, under whose wing he rose from rÉpÉtiteur to Chorus Director and then to Kapellmeister, Walter took on further posts as Chief Conductor in Vienna, Munich and Leipzig where the talented artist matured to become a true maestro.


    Just when the aged Walter was wanting to retire into private life, Columbia motivated him to record several symphonic works - including Beethoven's Symphonies - at a time when stereo recording, with its previously undreamt technical possibilities, was just dawning. Even without any knowledge of the still existent recordings of the rehearsals of the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, the final recording reflects the lifelong experience and meticulousness of the great conductor. In a taut and relaxed manner, and certainly not mellowed with age, Walter brings the scores to glow. The players weave a web that holds the formal symphonic components together with sophistication and richly contrasted, whereby the conductor's love for tonal detail manifests itself in easily identifiable instruments.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:



    • Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)
    • The Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter

    Recording: January and February 1958 at American Legion Hall, Hollywood, USA


    Production: John McClure


    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.

    Symphony No. 4 In B-flat Major, Op. 60
    1. Adagio; Allegro Vivace
    3. Adagio
    3. Allegro Vivace. Trio. Un Poco Meno Allegro
    4. Finale: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67
    5. Allegro Con Brio
    6. Andante Con Moto
    7. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)

    8. Finale: Allegro
    Bruno Walter
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Columbia Symphony Orchestra) (45 RPM) Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Columbia Symphony Orchestra) (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Columbia Symphony Orchestra) (45 RPM)

    The Famed Recording Returns In A Premier Vinyl Reissue From Analogue Productions


    Now Cut At 45 RPM On 2LPs


    Mastered From The Original 3-track Tapes By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Deluxe Gatefold Tip-On Jacket From Stoughton Printing With Rare Photos


    200-Gram LPs Pressed At Acoustic Sounds' State-Of-The-Art Pressing Plant, Quality Record Pressings


    Bruno Walter helped shape the very essence of interpretive style among conductors. Walter's rendition of Beethoven's sixth symphony is perhaps the greatest ever recorded - his reading of the score comes off sounding like a piece of literature or poetry, but that is a great thing and perfectly blends with the music to create a benchmark recording.


    And here, once again, Analogue Productions has taken a classic and shaped it to make the premier reissue of this famed LP. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound mastered this album from the original analog tapes. The cut lacquers were plated and pressed to 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings. The Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket has been upgraded handsomely by a series of rarely-seen photos of Walter from the Sony Music Archives. Everything about this reissue radiates quality.


    Now with Analogue Production's 45 RPM release, the best-sounding version of this historic album gives listeners an even richer sonic experience. The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately.


    Written in 1808, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major (Pastoral), Op. 68, is deemed one of the most influential by the famed composer. Unlike the vast majority of assumed names by which his works have become known, Beethoven directed from the very outset that his sixth symphony be titled Pastoral Symphony, or a recollection of country life. It was a musical approach to the forces of nature that inspired Beethoven.


    Walter's late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional musicians assembled by Columbia Records for recordings.


    Originally released in 1958, this recording still sounds fresh, with a broad soundstage, persuasive depth, and a remarkable sense of air and presence. Simply because of Walter's vibrant, fluid interpretation, taking into account both variable tempi and heightened accents, the result is one of the most passionate, awe-inspiring recorded versions of this symphony that's ever been recorded.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I. Allegro ma non troppo (The awakening of joyful feelings upon arrival in the country)
    2. II. Andante molto moto (The Brook)
    3. III. Allegro (Village Festival)
    4. IV. Allegro (The Storm)
    5. V. Allegretto (Shepherd's Song)
    Bruno Walter
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Schubert - Symphony 9 (Speakers Corner) Schubert - Symphony 9 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Schubert - Symphony 9 (Speakers Corner)

    This is Schubert's longest symphony, and its music has been described as heavenly. The symphony is typically and specifically Schubertian in its form, occupying a position in the history of music between Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler - right on the threshold which separates classicism from romanticism.



    It is hard to say if Josef Krips ever succeeded in making a finer recording. The presentation has a direct, unforced spontaneity, confirming that Krips had an intuitive understanding of Schubert's compositions. The orchestra plays with dynamic vivacity without ever sounding aggressive. The interpretation of the two final movements is delightful in its airy exhilaration: swaying in a dance-like rhythm, tripping lightly through virtually every key there is, and in between, in the Scherzo, the gravity of the trio. The Finale, again, is merry in character with triplets rushing past, and the listener revels in every single repetition as the magnificence of this work reveals itself.



    The inspired orchestra does full justice to the music and renders an interpretation in the Viennese tradition at its very best. This recording simply cannot be surpassed in terms of performance or sound quality - it is a must not only for the lover of Schubert's music.





    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Josef Krips (conductor)




    Recording: May 1958 at Kingsway Hall in London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson

    Production: Erik Smith




    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. First Movement: Andante
    2. First Movement: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    3. Second Movement: Andante Conmoto
    4. Third Movement: Scherzo
    5. Fourth Movement: Allegro Vivace
    Josef Krips with London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner) Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner)

    Beethoven had just finished writing his symphonies when - in 1830 - a young Frenchman created a sensation with his completely novel and exuberant orchestral music. Based on classical music form, Berlioz composed his »massive instrumental composition« as a five-movement musical drama. Such a stroke of genius, in which the ego and grief thereof are described, had never been heard before in the French Romantic period.


    Berlioz employs a very large orchestra with a big timpani section, four bassoons and military brass to present the young artist - an autobiographically motivated character - who dreams his way through the various episodes, hallucinating and frenzied. Here it is clear that it is Berlioz' declared intention to express the artist's visions radically and unmistakably in music - beginning with the ever-recurring delusional 'idÉe fixe' via a terrifying opium intoxication and ending up with the nightmare of his own burial.


    Of the many high-quality, often highly impassioned performances, this particular one by Dimitri Mitropoulos is certainly a benchmark recording. The great conductor makes the rhythms pulsate; he skilfully mixes the wealth of sound colouring, and blends the orchestral instruments so subtly that one notices previously unheard details with every listening.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

    Musicians:



    • Hector Berlioz (composer)
    • The New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos



    Recording: February 1957 in New York




    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. I - Reveries; Passions
    2. II - Un Bal
    3. III - ScÉne Aux Champs
    4. IV - Marche Au Supplice
    5. V Songe D'Une Nuit Du Sabbat
    Hector Berlioz
    $34.99
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  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Argenta (Speakers Corner) Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Argenta (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Argenta (Speakers Corner)

    Behind the mysterious title Symphonie fantastique is to be found what was undoubtedly one of the most powerful musical compositions of its day. The highly controversial discussions which this autobiographical, extraordinary work provoked are quite understandable when one considers that Beethoven and Schubert had just put down their quills for the last time and that Wagner had only just left his childhood behind him. In commenting upon the daring cyclical structure of the work, one French music critic said, "In Berlioz's Symphony we believe that we have seen the prelude to a revolution in instrumental music".



    In spite of being acknowledged and praised as a composer, Berlioz was never given the professorship he coveted at the Paris Conservatoire, and it might appear as if the renowned Conservatoire Orchestra was making its apologies for this in the present excellent recording. The various scenes of the intoxicating programme music are approached with daring; dreadful, macabre ideas are presented in a low, gloomy and dark timbre until finally a heroic attitude comes to the fore, accompanied by thundering drum rolls, when the death sentence is pronounced. Fantastique!





    Musicians:



    • Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

    • Ataúlfo Argenta (conductor)




    Recording: November 1957 at Maison de la MutualitÉ, Paris by Ken Cress

    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.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. First Movement: Reveries, Passions

    2. Second Movement: Un Bal
    3. Third Movement: (Sceneaux Champs)
    4. Third Movement: (Sceneaux Champs)
    5. Fourth Movement: Marche Au Supplice
    6. Fifth Movement Song D'Une Nuit De Sabbat
    Ataulfo Argenta
    $34.99
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  • Wiener Philharmoniker - 175th Anniversary Edition (Box Set) Wiener Philharmoniker - 175th Anniversary Edition (Box Set) Quick View

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    Wiener Philharmoniker - 175th Anniversary Edition (Box Set)

    Celebrating the Wiener Philharmoniker's 175th anniversary with a special vinyl release: A limited, numbered edition
    of 1842 sets. Includes the first release of Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 with Riccardo Muti. Schumann's Symphony
    No. 3 and Cello Concerto conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Includes three other legendary recordings: Carlos
    Kleiber's Beethoven's 7th Symphony; Claudio Abbado's Brahms' Hungarian Dances; Herbert von Karajan
    conducting Wagner Orchestral Works and Liebestod.
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    $139.99
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  • Ska Me Forever Ska Me Forever Quick View

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    Ska Me Forever

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrates their 25th anniversary with the release of their new album, Ska Me Forever.


    The legendary ska band's 19th album boasts a dynamic blend of rock, jazz, ska and punk, and features the lead single Wake Up! with Asian Kung-Fu Generation, plus fan-favorite covers of Cafe Tacvba Eres, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and the classic Latin ballad Cielito Lindo.


    From the beginning in the late 1980s club scene in Japan, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra rose to fame in their native country and have taken their acclaimed live show worldwide, performing to festival audiences in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, including Glastonbury, Supersonico, Coachella, and Vive Latino. The band has collaborated with Manu Chao and Fishbone.

    1. Damned
    2. Horizon
    3. Wake Up!
    4. Chance
    5. Tennessee Waltz
    6. Eres
    7. Down Beat Stomp
    8. Ska Me Crazy
    9. Storm Ride
    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
    $16.99
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  • Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Quick View

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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C

    Ferenc Fricsay conducts the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and pianist Geza Anda, violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan and cellist Pierre Fournier on a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major, Op 56. 180g vinyl pressing from Clearaudio.


    The widespread interest both in the technical capabilities of solo instruments and in the symphony, whose formal outlines became established toward the end of the 18th century, accounts for the popularity at that time of "concertante symphonies" in which several solo instruments (strings, wind) combined to oppose the orchestra. Despite the popularity, Beethoven was correct when he wrote about his Triple Concerto "that a concertante with these three solo parts is something new."


    The novelty lay in the usage of this connection with the piano. The difference between the piano's method of tone production and that of the other instruments alongside the piano's "mechanics" resulted in tonal problems. These problems arose both within the solo trio and in its relationship to the orchestra. Beethoven, who was interested throughout his whole career in experiments to extend the scope of instrumental music, here combined the styles of chamber music and of concertante symphonic writing to great effect.


    Musicians:

    Beethoven (composer)

    Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)

    Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Geza Anda (piano)

    Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)

    Pierre Fournier (cello)

    1. Allegro
    2. Largo (attacca)

    3. Rondo alla polacca
    Ferenc Fricsay
    $44.99
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  • Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner)

    The Concerto No. 5 in E flat major for Piano and Orchestra, composed in 1809 at the time of Napoleon's siege and occupation of Vienna, was Ludwig van Beethoven's last work in this form. The heroic optimism at the heart of the Concerto finds expression in the majesty of its design and the innovative virtuosity of the solo part. The dialect between piano and orchestra creates an electric atmosphere of brooding depth and sweeping grandeur. Beethoven's choice of key, the E-flat major, was not arbitrary but gave voice rather to the wild pathos in his own soul.



    Clifford Curzon's interpretation of the score is intelligent and refined, his execution characterized by introspective discipline.



    The exemplary interplay between Curzon and Hans Knappertsbusch evokes the chiaroscuro latent in each of the Emperor's three movements. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra displays its customary brilliance throughout.



    This DECCA recording, one of the very earliest in stereo, is convincing both musically and tonally. More than a document, it is a milestone in musical history.





    Musicians:



    • Sir Clifford Curzon

    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Hans Knappertsbusch (conductor)




    Recording: June 1957, Sofiensaal, Vienna by Gordon Parry

    Production: Erik Smith




    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.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. First Movement - Allegro
    2. Second Movement: Adagio Un Poco Mosso
    3. Third Movement: Rondo (Allegro)
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    $34.99
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  • Terry Riley: In C (Pure Pleasure) Terry Riley: In C (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Terry Riley: In C (Pure Pleasure)

    If ever there were a popular work of minimalism, one that stated its purpose so clearly it could not be mistaken, Terry Riley's legendary composition In C is the one. It is a work that needs no explanation for its pulsing sequences of pitch all centering around the 53 phases of no duration played on the note and its performances have been numerous--even if there have been relatively few recordings of it. The Bang on a Can all-stars have recorded perhaps the most innovative version of the work thus far, after Riley's own, which was issued in the 1960s on Columbia's long defunct Odyssey label. This version reads minimalism as popular music and popular music as, finally, classical. The Bang on a Can version is outrageously wonderful. This single repeated note, meditatively engaged and then played upon in modulation, is taken by Bang on a Can and torn apart, with gritty, urban vision, rock & roll energy, and pure New York street smarts. Using a wide array of instruments (from piano, vibes, glockenspiel, cello, Wu man's pipa, clarinet, mandolin, soprano saxophone, electric guitar, marimba, chimes, and bass) for 45 minutes, this mind-flexing composition is moved through the sequence of all these instrumentalists, each coloring it just a bit, moving it a tad further outside and into the future, the dynamics shift subtly and change, direction becomes fluid, and the drama becomes white-knuckle tense after such a meditative beginning and then releases again.


    This is the creation of language, tonal, timbral, and spatial. There is an architecture at work in this version that erects small towers of meaning in sound and piles them atop each other until a sonic Tower of Babel is finally fully erected. The pulse never stops; it never disengages no matter which instrument or group of instruments enters or leaves the fray. It is there, constant, always being born and always dying and being transformed, reincarnated as some other sound, some other phrase, but always identified by the pulse. This is more hypnotic than any rock & roll, and more powerful than any Beethoven symphony is taken in with openness. This is music -- ultimately made by a truly gifted and disciplined ensemble that share a singularly optimistic vision for modern music -- that can, and will, change your life.



    Musicians:



    • Terry Riley (conductor, saxophone, organ)

    • Margaret Hassell, Lawrence Singer (oboe)

    • Darlene Reynard (bass)

    • Jon Hassell (trumpet)

    • Jerry Kirkbride (clarinet)

    • David Shostac (flute)

    • Stuart Dempster (trombone)

    • Edward Burnham (vibraphone)

    • Jan Williams (marimba)



    Recording: 1968 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio, New York, by Fred Plaut and Russ Payne

    Production: David Behrman

    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. In C
    Terry Riley
    $34.99
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  • The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes Quick View

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    The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes

    Claudio Abbado is one of those rare conductors who seem to get more youthful and enquiring with age, while at the same time his music-making takes on an ever greater profundity. - Daily Telegraph, London


    Abbado has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon since 1967, amassing a discography that includes the entire symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Ravel and more than 20 complete opera recordings.


    Claudio Abbado conducting the London Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky's Firebird and Jeu De Cartes.

    Side 1:


    1. Introduction

    2. L'oiseau de feu et sa danse / The Firebird's Dance / Der Feuervogel und sein Tanz/The Firebird and its Dance

    3. Variation de l'oiseau de feu / Variation: Der Feuervogel / Variation of the Firebird

    4. Ronde des princesses /Reigen der Prinzessinnen / The Princesses' Round

    5. Danse infernale du roi Kastchei / Hollentanz des Konigs Kaschtschei / Infernal Dance of King Kastchei's

    6. Berceuse / Wiegenlied / Lullaby

    7. Finale


    Side 2:


    Jeu De Cartes / Kartenspiel / Card Game (1936) Ballet en trois donnes / Ballett in drei Runden / Ballet in Three Deals


    1. Premiere donne / Erste Runde / First Deal (Alla breve - Moderato assai - Tranquillo)

    2. Deuxieme donne / Zweite Runde / Second Deal (Alla breve - Marcia - Variazioni I-V - Coda - Marcia

    3. Troisieme donne / Dritte Runde / Third Deal (Alla breve - Valse - Presto - Tempo del principio)


    Igor Stravinsky
    $44.99
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  • Schubert: Octet In F Major (Speakers Corner) Schubert: Octet In F Major (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Schubert: Octet In F Major (Speakers Corner)

    Schubert's light and flowing Octet in F major is of great importance in both an historical and a compositional aspect. Thanks to its combination of string and wind instruments, it is akin in character to the cheerful divertimento and the contemplative serenade. That the commissioned work is very similar to Beethoven's popular Septet op. 20 with regard to the individual movements and the key relationships is by no means accidental - that was what was ordered. Schubert occupied himself with the almighty giant's composition, though for a different reason: with his own Octet he wanted to »pave his way towards writing a great symphony«, whose dramatic force and form is clearly suggested here.



    Steeped in the musical traditions of the city on the Danube, the Vienna Octet is the ideal ensemble to perform this work. Led by Willi Boskovsky, who became world famous as concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor of the New Year's Day Concerts, the ensemble plays with great agility, joy and togetherness from the first note on. The sound of each individual instrument comes over vividly in a natural, chamber-music-like atmosphere.



    Musicians:



    • Philip Matheis (violin)

    • Gunther Breitenbach (viola)

    • Nikolaus Hubner (cello)

    • Johann Krump (bass)

    • Alfred Boskovsky (clarinet)

    • Josef Veleba (horn)

    • Rudolf Hanzl (bassoon)





    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.



    Octet in F Major for Clarinet, Horn, Basson and Strings, D 80
    Franz Schubert
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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