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  • Borodin - Symphonies 2 & 3 (London) (Speakers Corner) Borodin - Symphonies 2 & 3 (London) (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Borodin - Symphonies 2 & 3 (London) (Speakers Corner)

    Anyone believing in the old adage that science and the fine arts do not mix must rethink his ideas when he becomes acquainted with Alexandr Borodin's biography and his music. The Russian professor of chemistry constantly stole time from his lectures in order to compose; it was musical elements and formulas rather than chemical ones that occupied him.



    Without a doubt, the Second Symphony in B minor best reflects Russian feeling and temperament. Its rather harsh and mechanical theme is contrasted first by a lively little song and later by a conciliatory second subject. Cheerful and soothing melodies are heard in ever new combinations until the main theme returns once again and the movement is brought to a powerful close. The Scherzo, with its throbbing horns, march rhythms and thrilling woodwinds, is equally electrifying. The contemplative Andante is followed by a highly explosive Finale based on two Russian dance melodies which are widely varied during the course of the music.



    Both old and new friends of Russian symphonic music are highly recommended to experiment in their own "sitting-room laboratories" with this musically and chemically pure vinyl pressing.



    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October / November 1954 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    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.



    London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Borodin Symphonies  2 & 3 Borodin Symphonies 2 & 3 Quick View

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    Borodin Symphonies 2 & 3


    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!


    Ernest Ansermet conducts L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for this 1954 recording of Borodin's Second & Third Symphonies.


    Features:

    • 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!


    Musicians:

    L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    Ernest Ansermet, conductor


    Recorded October & November 1954 at Victoria Hall, Geneva.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
    1. Symphony No. 2 in b minor
    2. Symphony No. 3 in a minor
    Ernest Ansermet & L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Borodin: Symphony No. 2 / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole Borodin: Symphony No. 2 / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole Quick View

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    Borodin: Symphony No. 2 / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole

    Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes


    One of the best U.K. Living Stereos with very good dynamics. A Kingsway Hall recording. Jean Martinon conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Borodin's Symphony No. 2. Also features Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnole and March from The Tale of Tsar Saltan.


    This record is notable for its fine, lively performances. Midband transparency, detail, dynamics and texture are very good, especially in the first two movements of the Borodin.


    Recorded in Kingsway Hall

    Producer: James Walker

    Engineer: Alan Reeve


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Symphony No. 2 In B Minor
    2. Capriccio Espagnole, Op. 34
    3. Tsar Saltan: MARCH
    Jean Martinon
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Russian Orchestral Music Russian Orchestral Music Quick View

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    Russian Orchestral Music

    Russian Orchestal Music - Barenboim - Chicago Symphony Orchestra on 180g Import LP


    "There is no one quite like Daniel Barenboim today in the music world. General music director of the Berlin State Opera and its orchestra, the Berlin Staatskapelle; principal guest conductor at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan; formerly music director of the Chicago Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris; for years a conductor at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals; a champion of new music since the 1950s; a chamber musician who has performed with every great singer and instrumentalist in half a century, from Gregor Piatigorsky and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to his late wife, the cellist Jacqueline du PrÉ, and the bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, Mr. Barenboim was a child prodigy who remains, despite a full-time conducting career, a towering figure at the keyboard." - Michael Kimmelman, New York Times


    Here, the 2003 Grammy-winner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain, and Rimsky-Korssakoff's Russian Easter Overture and Capriccio Espagnol. 180g vinyl pressing from Clearaudio.


    "Beautiful though their melodies remain, the "Polovtsian Dances" mean less when, as here, deprived of voices. This is a very animated performance, however, with fine playing by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and first-class recording, everything being absolutely distinct in well-proportioned stereo, and with virtually no tape hiss. Stich points have even more importance than usual in items like those by Rimsky-Korsakov, which are mainly studies in orchestral colour." - Gramophone/1977


    Musicians:


    Borodin (composer)

    Rimsky-Korssakoff (composer)

    Mussorgsky (composer)

    Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra


    1. Alexander Borodin - Polovtsian Dances - from the Opera "Prince Igor"

    2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korssakoff - Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 - on Liturgical Themes for Large Orchestra

    3. Modest Mussorgsky - Night On The Bald Mountain, Op. post. - Concert Fantasy for Large ORchestra

    4. Nikolai Rimsky-Korssakoff - Capriccio espagnol op. 34

    I. Alborada: vivo e strepitoso

    II. Variazioni: Andante con moto

    III. Alborada: vivo e strepitoso

    IV. Scena e Canto gitano: Allegretto

    V. Fandango asturiano


    Daniel Barenboim
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 / Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 / Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 / Shostakovich - Quartet No. 8 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    Unlike his fellow countryman Tchaikovsky, it wasn't easy for Alexander Borodin to achieve the recognition due to him. As a professor of chemistry, Borodin found very little time for composing, but in spite of this he is considered one of the most important Russian symphonic composers of the 19th century. Borodin also created works for small ensembles; thanks to its beautiful, slow notturno, his String Quartet No. 2 is among the most important compositions in chamber music.



    Dmitri Shostakovich has often been honoured as one of the outstanding composers of this century. Shostakovich was devastated by the destruction of Dresden and the composition of the moving String Quartet No. 8 was his means of overcoming his war experiences. The intensity of this piece is augmented by the relaxed climax in the largo which brings his composition to a serene ending.
    The international career of the Moscow Philharmonic Quartet began in 1955 when it took on the honourable title "The Borodin Quartet". These 1962 recordings are masterly performances, full of great expressivity. Even the highest demands are met by the warm and full sonority.






    Recording: September 1962 at DECCA Studios, London by J. Clegg

    Production: E. 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.


    The Borodin Quartet
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Schubert: Trout Quintet Schubert: Trout Quintet Quick View

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    Schubert: Trout Quintet

    Sviatoslav Richter is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, renowned for his virtuoso technique and the depth of his interpretations. Dmitri Shostakovich said about him: "Richter is an extraordinary phenomenon. The enormity of his talent staggers and enraptures. All the phenomena of musical art are accessible to him." He trained at the Moscow Conservatory under Heinrich Neuhaus, who considered Richter "already a complete artist, who had the ability to build a piece so that it seemed to lie before him like an immense landscape, revealed to the eye at a single glance.


    The Borodin Quartet was founded in 1945 at the Moscow Conservatoire - the first cellist a certain Mstislav Rostropovich was replaced after few weeks by Valentin Berlinsky - was also close to Shostakovich, who personally consulted them on each of his quartets. The Borodin Quartet, celebrated for penetrating phrase and warm sound, was Richter favorite chamber music partner.


    Georg Hörtnagel is a German double bassist who used to play with Bayerische Staatsoper during the Georg Solti era.


    About this Austrian live recording from June 1980 GRAMOPHONE said: "This is a performance of high quality. Sviatoslav Richter in particular precisely catches the cheerful mood of the music and the underlying shadows of which one should sometimes be conscious, and he plays those simple tunes in octaves so freshly that you'd think he'd only just discovered their charms."

    1. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: I. Allegro vivace
    2. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: II. Andante
    3. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: III. Scherzo (Presto)
    4. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: IV. Tema (Andantino)
    5. Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout: V. Finale (Allegro giusto)
    Sviatoslav Richter
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner) Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner)

    Thankfully musical genres have been spared from being described with new buzz words such as 'Kleinkunst' which could be translated as 'Small Arts'. But music in small forms - maybe set down on just a few pages of manuscript paper - certainly exists. Prokofiev's miniature, the Symphonie classique, combines several superlatives as regards both its musical notes and form: it is only 15 minutes long, contains a wealth of melodic ideas, and is the most performed of all Prokofiev's symphonies.



    This four-movement composition employs traditional forms such as the sonata form in the outer movements and the pre-Classical dances menuet and gavotte. The work's carefree esprit, serenade-like humour, and courtly elegance is delightful throughout and culminates in a high-spirited 'sturm und drang' Finale.



    On the B side is Glinka's Kamarinskaya Fantasia, only eight minutes long but captivating with its extremely closely-knit compositional style, and his Overture to A Life for the Tsar - a showpiece whose leitmotifs are truly forward-looking. Alongside these classical-romantic musical gems, Borodin's In The Steppes of Central Asia acts as an ideal programmatic amalgamation of the Orient and the Occident, and fits perfectly into this choice of repertoire.




    Recording: February and March 1961 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace

    Production: Michael Bremner




    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. Classical Symphony In D Major, Op. 25
    2. Kamarinskaya - Fantasy
    3. In The Steppes Of Central Asia
    4. A Life For The Czar (Ivan Susanin) - Overture
    Sergei Prokofiev
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Borodin: Symphony No. 2 (Out Of Stock) Borodin: Symphony No. 2 (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Borodin: Symphony No. 2 (Out Of Stock)

    One of the best U.K. Living Stereos, with very good dynamics. A Kingsway Hall recording. Coupled with Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnole.
    Jean Martinon and London Symphony Orchestra
    $19.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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