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  • Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos

    Lang Lang's debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon showcased the young pianist's extraordinary gifts in celebrated recordings of Tchaikovsky's and Mendelssohn's First Piano Concertos. Mentor Daniel Barenboim led the forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. "This [album] is guaranteed to make any serious music-lover pause . . . Here is youth, freshness, force and agility, with no hint of the routine." THE TIMES OF LONDON
    1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23, Th.55
    2. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
    3. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
    4. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23, Th.55
    5. Allegro con fuoco
    6. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.25, Mwv O7
    7. Molto allegro con fuoco
    8. Andante (Side B) 9. Presto
    Lang Lang / Barenboim / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Featuring soloist Rosalind Elias (Mezzo-Soprano), and Margaret Hillis, chorus director.


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    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM) Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM)

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered From The Original Master Tape - Now Available Cut At 45 RPM! By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    The jewel in the Living Stereo crown. Enchantment awaits within! Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony convey the listener on a magic carpet of Living Stereo sound to mythic Arabia and China, guided by two of Russia's greatest orchestral masters.


    This, like the Respighi, is considered one of the very best recordings by Reiner, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and RCA's crew. A disc of supple and sensuous performances, the sound alternately shimmers and stuns with the clarity of its definition and intensity of its climaxes.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
    2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
    4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Mahler: Symphony No.8 Mahler: Symphony No.8 Quick View

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    Mahler: Symphony No.8

    Decca is releasing their greatest recordings on vinyl and all are mastered at Abbey Road Studios from original
    analogue tapes and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl by OPTIMAL. This release features Sir Georg Solti leading
    the Chicago Symphony in Mahler's spectacular Symphony no. 8. ''This performance is still hailed as something of a benchmark - spine-tingling and electrifying.'' (BBC Music Magazine)
    1. Hymnus, Veni, Creator Spiritus
    2. Final Scene From Goethe's Faust
    3. Uns Bleibt Ein Erdenrest
    4. Blicket Auf - Alle Reuig Zarten
    Sir Georg Solti
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  • The Chicago Years (Box Set) The Chicago Years (Box Set) Quick View

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    The Chicago Years (Box Set)

    6-LP Box Set Showcasing Solti's Years With The Chicago Symphony Orchestra


    Sir Georg Solti was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant conductors and a leading figure of musical culture in Europe and the US. Solti's remarkable partnership with the CSO began in 1954, when Solti first led the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. Solti served as Music Director for 22 years and Music Director Laureate for a further 7 years until his passing and is credited with greatly extending and building the Orchestra's reputation worldwide. He is the winner of 33 Grammys

    Sir Georg Solti
    $199.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • 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
  • Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole Quick View

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    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Symphonie Espagnole - the complete five-movement version. Featuring Henryk Szeryng, violin, with Walter Hendl conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago; February 28, 1959.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Lalo
    Symphonie Espagnole
    Henryk Szeryng
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Berg: Violin Concerto / Rihm: Time Chant Berg: Violin Concerto / Rihm: Time Chant Quick View

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    Berg: Violin Concerto / Rihm: Time Chant

    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is here at her commanding, warm-toned best! Sensitive, sensuous, soulful and soul-baring, ravishing and ravaged, the music enters your living-room with a vividness you may find overpowering. Mutter and Deutsche Grammophon's commitment to new repertoire is in itself cause for celebration. Mutter performs with conductor James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel'
    1. Andante - Allegro
    2. Allegro - Adagio


    'Gesungene Zeit' 1991/92 - Music for violin and orchestra
    1. Beginning: quasi senza
    2. Takt 179: meno mosso

    Anne-Sophie Mutter
    $44.99
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  • 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
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  • Brahms: Violin Concerto Brahms: Violin Concerto Quick View

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    Brahms: Violin Concerto

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Another of the rare performances of violinist Jascha Heifetz and conductor Fritz Reiner together with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The original 30 ips 2-track analog tape was used in mastering for LPs and SACDs. This stunning performance is nothing short of breathtaking.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Brahms Concerto in D, op. 77
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Hailed as one of the greatest - perhaps the greatest violinists of this century - Jascha Heifetz delivers what is considered an unequaled performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved concerto. Conductor Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in top form, provide the perfect context for Maestro Heifetz's dazzling performance. The original 3-track session tapes were used in mastering for this LP.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Special one-sided Pressing of Heifetz
    2. first movement part 1 - Side 1 of 3
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra Quick View

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    Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Since its original release on LP in the mid-1950s, Fritz Reiner's rendition of the Concerto for Orchestra has stood as the standard against which all other recordings of the work are measured. Reiner's superb control of his orchestra and of Bartók's rhythms and textures is still unsurpassed, even by dozens of subsequent conductors in the digital age. Likewise, the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta shows just what an incredible ensemble the Chicago Symphony was under Reiner's direction. The original 2-track session tapes were used in mastering for this LP.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Introduzione: Andante non troppo: Allegro vivace
    2. Giuoco delle copple: Allegretto scherzando
    3. Elegia: Andante non troppe
    4. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto
    5. Pesante: Presto
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Quick View

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    Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor

    Limited Edition 200 Gram LP!


    Remastered and Cut at 33 1/3 rpm by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!


    Cut from the Original 2-Track Session Tapes!


    Pressed at Quality Record Pressings & Plated by Gary Salstrom!


    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Heifetz playing Sibelius like no other. This 3-track transfer places Heifetz in proper proportion to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Walter Hendl (filling in for an ill Fritz Reiner). Produced by the legendary Jack Pfeiffer with Lewis Layton as the engineer - it doesn't get any better than this.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Sebelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Heifetz
    $34.99
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  • Lincoln Soundtrack Lincoln Soundtrack Quick View

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    Lincoln Soundtrack

    Import

    First Pressing Of 750 Numbered Copies On Union Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter

    180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl

    PVC Protective Sleeve

    Gatefold Sleeve

    Includes 8-Page Booklet

    OST Of The Multiple Award Winning 2012 Movie By Steven Spielberg

    Music Composed By Multiple Award Winner John Williams

    First Time On Vinyl!

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln. The movie covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on the President's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

    Lincoln received widespread critical acclaim, with major praise directed to the acting. The film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director for Spielberg and winning Best Actor (Motion Picture - Drama) for Day-Lewis. At the 85th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director; it won for Best Production Design and Best Actor for Day-Lewis.

    John Williams composed and conducted the score. The score was recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

    Lincoln is now finally available on vinyl for the first time. The first pressing of 750 copies is pressed on Union Blue vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. The People's House
    2. The Purpose Of The Amendment
    3. Getting Out The Vote
    4. The American Process
    5. The Blue And Grey
    6. "With Malice Toward None"
    7. Call To Muster, And Battle Cry Of Freedom
    8. The Southern Delegation, And The Dream
    9. Father And Son
    10. The Race To The House


    LP 2
    1. Equality Under The Law
    2. Freedom's Call
    3. Elegy
    4. Remembering Willie
    5. Appomattox, April 9, 1865
    6. The Petersen House, And Finale
    7. "With Malice Toward None" (Piano Solo)

    John Williams
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Lullaby Lullaby Quick View

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    Lullaby

    180 Gram Heavy Vinyl with a Digital Download Card

    Pressed by RTI in California

    Includes Insert with Lyrics


    Justin's first collection of original nighttime songs for families, Lullaby is for those wee small hours just before bedtime with elegant moments of chamber music, snatches of 70s soft rock, and sleepy bossa nova and R&B grooves. Featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Poi Dog Pondering, and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, this record marks a temporary departure from Justin's signature power pop into the land of storks and sleepy polar bears.


    Lullaby is available on beautiful 180 gram heavy vinyl with a digital download card. Create new memories and young audiophiles with this delicious slice of analog lovingly pressed by RTI in California. Includes Insert with Lyrics.

    1. Count Them As They Go
    2. What the Stork Sent
    3. Nothing On You
    4. Heart of Gold
    5. Doing It All for You
    6. Polar Bear
    7. No Matter How Far
    8. Easier To Do
    9. A Wild One
    10. Lullaby
    Justin Roberts
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Stravinsky - Sacre du Printemps (Speakers Corner) Stravinsky - Sacre du Printemps (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Stravinsky - Sacre du Printemps (Speakers Corner)

    To be sure: no other 20th-century ballet music has ever created such a commotion as this ancient rite of spring: it began with a turmoil which developed into a full-scale brawl at the premiere performance in the concert hall, was sung hymns of praise and suffered devastating reviews by critics who tore the work apart, and led up to the musico-philosophical libel written in the Fifties by that self-acclaimed "chief enemy" of Stravinsky, W. A. Adorno.



    This thrilling, epoch-making masterpiece remains fascinating to this very day thanks to its bloodcurdling rhythms, its secretive, intertwined melodies, and the boiling, seething, and lashing of the titanic instrumental forces. And Sir Georg Solti and his phenomenal orchestra certainly ensure that all this is brought over to the listener. The notes of the lyrical passages simply fly out of the loudspeakers with the lightness and airyness to which one is accustomed with DECCA recordings from this era. But one can still be astounded by this audiophile work of art: such a gentle, voluminous, lashing and pounding sound-storm is only normally heard live in the concert hall. And precisely because this recording sounds so marvellous, it tops the vinyl charts in the American specialist magazine The Absolute Sound.



    Musicians:



    • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)




    Recording: May 1974 at Medinah Temple, Chicago (USA) by Kenneth Wilkinson and James Lock

    Production: Ray Minshull





    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.



    Sir Georg Solti with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Quick View

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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered And Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    Grade A+. Another one of HP's favorites, this LP (at least in its earliest pressings) is famously wonderful sounding, and the Analogue Productions version certainly lives up to the hype. Once again string tone - and this disc is celebrated for its string tone - is ravishingly beautiful. The bass is astonishingly deep and authoritative. And the dynamics are tremendous. In sum, I highly recommend all of these celebrated RCAs in their Analogue Productions reissues. They will cost you $30 a disc, which is a more-than-fair price considering that they are, IMO, uniformly superb (yes, better than the Classic Record versions). - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    We compared this new 200-gram, 33 RPM LP from Analogue Productions with the original RCA Living Stereo issue and Classic Records' 33 RPM version, and were surprised at the outcome. Why? Because to these ears, the new Analogue Productions version was the more relaxed and natural sounding of the bunch. The sound is as it should be, inviting the listener into the music and entirely constant with Reiner's readings. ... If ever there were a must-have LP in the recent wave of audiophile vinyl reincarnations, this is it. Treat yourself and thank (Analogue Productions' Chad) Kassem for doing it the justice it deserves. - Harry Pearson, HP Soundings, May 2013.


    Without a doubt, the AP pressing sounds much more natural than the Classic Records reissue; the sound is simply less forced, as if the notes and rhythms have more air to explore, more ambient Hall to reverberate, and more of the acoustic envelope to reveal. ... the vinyl is so damn quiet, you can turn it up without any hesitation ... The solo violin is the heart of this recording and it's supposed to sound seductive, and on this reissue, it does. One thing if for certain, there is a lot more information coming through than on the original. The AP pressing takes the simplistic approach of the Chesky, but with a more developed sound, making the Chesky appear a bit more subdued by comparison. ... If you are interested in hearing this classic RCA in all of its natural glory, you needn't look any further than Chad Kassem's latest offering. If this is any indication of Analogue Production's current batch of RCA reissues (approximately 24 more on the way), it just may be a new golden age for the modern vinyl listener. - Joey Weiss, HP Soundings, May 2013


    The second movement is just ravishing in the beauty of the Chicago's playing and Reiner's romantic approach; there is some staccato triple-tonguing done by trumpeter Adolph Herseth in the fourth movement that should leave you, if not him, breathless. But let is just be said that, after you hear this, no other Scheherazade will ever replace it in your affections. HP's The Golden Dozen LPs - Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2007


    The jewel in the Living Stereo crown. This, like the Respighi, is considered one of the very best LPs by Reiner, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and RCA's crew. Another Mohr and Layton classic.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
    2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
    4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition (45 RPM) Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition (45 RPM)

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered From The Original Master Tape - Now Available Cut At 45 RPM! By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    Another sonic and musical blockbuster from the unbeatable combo of Reiner and RCA (and Mohr & Layton). Recorded in 1957 at Chicago's Orchestra Hall; the original analog session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDS. Mussorgsky's inspiration for Pictures was the death of his dear friend, the architect and visual artist Victor Hartman. Having died at age 39, Hartman had not yet had the opportunity to realize any of his architectural visions, and Mussorgsky was angered that his friend would have no legacy. The Architects' Society arranged an exhibition of some of Hartman's sketches - some of architecture, others of characters or scenes from everyday life. The tribute was enough to give Mussorgsky ideas for his composition, but not enough to give Hartman any lasting place in history. Today, of all of the sketches that were captured in music, only six can be positively identified.


    The piece is known today primarily through the orchestral version created by Maurice Ravel in 1922. In fact, the work had already been orchestrated multiple times, by a variety of lesser names. Some conductors today find that Ravel's version, in spite of its color, sacrifices some of the coarse nature inherent in Mussorgsky's piano original. Furthermore, Ravel worked from Rimsky-Korsakov's edited version of the piano part - the only one available at the time - which changed some notes and rhythms.


    None of the orchestrations, however, change the fundamental spirit of the piece. Mussorgsky imagines himself making his way down the hallway that showcased his late friend's work, with his stately procession represented by the Promenade that opens the piece and returns several times. Upon stopping at each image, he reflects on what he sees. Between the early movements, the promenade returns regularly, as Mussorgsky is conscious of moving from one scene to the next. As the work progresses, however, he becomes less aware of the interval between pictures, and more immersed in the continuous psychological experience of moving from one state of mind to the next. By the end, the composer sees himself transformed by the connection with Hartman through his visual expressions of Russian pride and humanity.


    Musicians:

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Fritz Reiner, conductor


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    LP 1
    1. Promenade
    2. Gnomus
    3. Il Vecchio Castella
    4. Premenade
    5. Tuileries
    6. Bydlo
    7. Promenade
    8. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
    9. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle


    LP 2
    1. The Market Place At Limoges
    2. Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum
    3. Con Mortuis In Lingue Mortua
    4. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
    5. The Great Gate Of Kiev

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Music For Bang, Baaroom, And Harp

    Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings bring you this remastered and improved pressing so that a whole new generation of audiophiles and even casual music lovers can discover for themselves the wizardry, wit and wonder that is Music for Bang, Baaroom and Harp!


    Remastering and lacquer cutting by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track tapes


    200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings!


    Little did any of us who were involved in the planning and recording of Music for Bang, Baaroom and Harp know, back in 1958, what an impact this album would have on the record industry and how it would effect my career, writes Dick Schory, about the audiophile instrumental classic, the first stereophonic recording in the industry to be classified a Best Seller.


    Now, revel in the enhanced clarity and sonic richness of a 200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings, and remastering and lacquer cutting by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, giving this classic a fresh, vibrant appeal. The superb remastering from the original 3-track master tapes brings out subtleties of the instruments, arrangements, performance and ambiance of Chicago's Orchestra Hall lacking from the original pressing and subsequent versions.
    >[?
    The concept for this album is simple: Dozens of standard and exotic percussive instruments (re: manifold from a 1946 Chevrolet) were employed in original and standard tunes arranged by Schory, Bobby Christian, Mike Simpson, Willis Charkovsky and Skitch Henderson, who at the time was musical director for NBC's Tonight Show. Three tracks are of particular note: the quirky Tiddley Winks and the exotic Baia and Typee. The jacket, depicting Schory poking out from a pile of instruments, is a classic of LP art.


    The recording, utilizing RCA Victor Record's Red Seal Classical Division's equipment - the same used to record the Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston Symphony orchestras at the time - was recorded in Chicago's Orchestra Hall on June 2 and 3, 1958. Two custom Ampex 300-3 half-inch 3-track tape recorders, running at 15 and 30 inches a second, captured the performances by eight percussionists together with other performers from the Chicago Symphony on piano, string bass, guitar, banjo and harp.


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    1. National Emblem March
    2. B aía
    3. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
    4. Ding Dong Polka
    5. April In Paris
    6. Holiday In A Hurry
    7. Buck Dance
    8. Duel On The Skins
    9. September In The Rain
    10. Tiddley Winks
    11. The Sheik Of Araby
    12. Typee
    Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble
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    R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    The legendary 1954 Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of a Strauss war horse. Recorded directly to 2-track analog by Jack Pfeiffer, the original session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDS.


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    Richard Strauss
    Also Sprach Zarathustra
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Festival

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    The legendary 1954 Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of a Strauss war horse. Recorded directly to 2-track analog by Jack Pfeiffer, the original session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDS.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Colas Breugnon, Op.24: Overture - Kabalevsky
    2. Marche slave - Tchaikovsky
    3. Prince Igor: Act III: Polovski March - Borodin
    4. A Night on Bare Mountain - Moussorgsky
    5. Marche miniature (from Suite No. 1 in D Minor, Op.43 - Tchaikovsky
    6. Russian and Ludmilla: Overture - Glinka
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Grade: A+. Once again, as good as I've heard this record sound. Gorgeous strings, superb bass, avalanche dynamics with that same tape-like ease, sensational inner detail. The authority of the CSO is really something on fortissimo tuttis, of which there are many in Pictures. - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    Another sonic and musical blockbuster from the unbeatable combo of Reiner and RCA (and Mohr & Layton). Recorded in 1957 at Chicago's Orchestra Hall; the original analog session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDS. Mussorgsky's inspiration for Pictures was the death of his dear friend, the architect and visual artist Victor Hartman. Having died at age 39, Hartman had not yet had the opportunity to realize any of his architectural visions, and Mussorgsky was angered that his friend would have no legacy. The Architects' Society arranged an exhibition of some of Hartman's sketches - some of architecture, others of characters or scenes from everyday life. The tribute was enough to give Mussorgsky ideas for his composition, but not enough to give Hartman any lasting place in history. Today, of all of the sketches that were captured in music, only six can be positively identified.


    The piece is known today primarily through the orchestral version created by Maurice Ravel in 1922. In fact, the work had already been orchestrated multiple times, by a variety of lesser names. Some conductors today find that Ravel's version, in spite of its color, sacrifices some of the coarse nature inherent in Mussorgsky's piano original. Furthermore, Ravel worked from Rimsky-Korsakov's edited version of the piano part - the only one available at the time - which changed some notes and rhythms.


    None of the orchestrations, however, change the fundamental spirit of the piece. Mussorgsky imagines himself making his way down the hallway that showcased his late friend's work, with his stately procession represented by the Promenade that opens the piece and returns several times. Upon stopping at each image, he reflects on what he sees. Between the early movements, the promenade returns regularly, as Mussorgsky is conscious of moving from one scene to the next. As the work progresses, however, he becomes less aware of the interval between pictures, and more immersed in the continuous psychological experience of moving from one state of mind to the next. By the end, the composer sees himself transformed by the connection with Hartman through his visual expressions of Russian pride and humanity.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Promenade
    2. Gnomus
    3. Il Vecchio Castella
    4. Premenade
    5. Tuileries
    6. Bydlo
    7. Promenade
    8. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
    9. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle
    10. The Market Place At Limoges
    11. Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum
    12. Con Mortuis In Lingue Mortua
    13. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
    14. The Great Gate Of Kiev
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    One of the most sought-after Living Stereos and deservedly so, especially for the Song of the Nightingale which is one of Mohr and Layton's finest efforts. The sound is truly wonderful on the Stravinsky too. The original 3-track session tapes were used in mastering for this LP in the Analogue Productions reissue series.


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    Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60


    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Song Of the Nightingale

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    The Reiner Sound

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Grade: A+. As good as this record has ever sounded. Liquidly beautiful string and wind tone, very deep and powerful bass (although the orchestra occasionally overloads the mics or mic preamps, as it does on the original RCA pressings), sensational dynamics on both the Ravel Rapsodie and the Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead (with some of the lifelike ease you usually only hear on reel-to-reel tape), and astonishing preservation of inner detail (some of which I haven't heard before this clearly on vinyl or digital). - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    Yet another giant of the Living Stereo series. The Isle Of The Dead is a truly awesome orchestral spectacular with dynamic peaks that will stun most listeners. Also included is the equally stirring version of Rhapsodie Espagnole.


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    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


    Rapsodie Espagnole
    Pavan for a Dead Princess


    Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)


    Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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