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  • Jethro Tull - The String Quartets Jethro Tull - The String Quartets Quick View

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    Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

    Features An Art Print On Side 4 (No Music)


    A massive treat for Jethro Tull fans and classical aficionados alike: Jethro Tull The String Quartets is an album of classic Jethro Tull repertoire, imaginatively arranged by John O'Hara for Classical string quartet with the flute, guitar and vocals of songwriter and producer IAN ANDERSON.

    LP 1
    1. In the Past (Living in the Past)
    2. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You're a Woman / Reasons for Waiting)
    3. Bungle (Bungle in the Jungle)
    4. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
    5. Farm, the Fourway (Farm on the Freeway)
    6. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
    7. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
    8. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)


    LP 2
    1. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
    2. Only the Giving (Wond'ring Aloud)
    3. Songs and Horses (Songs from the Wood / Heavy Horses)
    4. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

    Jethro Tull
    $19.99
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  • Bestseller Classic No. 1 Bestseller Classic No. 1 Quick View

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    Bestseller Classic No. 1

    Bestseller Classic No. 1 recordings use a unique recording technique and contain unusually wide dynamic range and present an extraordinary challenge to all stereo systems! This recording can be used for listening tests or real comparison of the sound quality of different high fidelity components and systems. The songs are carefully recorded, timeless, and simply wonderful!
    1. Alla turca (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
    2. For Elise (Ludwig van Beethoven)
    3. Menuet D major (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
    4. Waltz sharp minor,op.64 (Frederic Chopin)
    5. Etude E flat minor (Sergej Rachmaninov)
    6. Hungarian Dance (Johannes Brahms)
    7. Ave Maria (Charles Gounod)
    8. Serenade (Franz Schubert)
    9. Dreaming (Robert Schumann)
    10. Humoresque G flat major (Autonin Dvorak)
    11. Valse triste (Jean Sibelius)
    Various Artists
    $44.99
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  • Manley Neo-Classic SE / PP 300B Amplifier Manley Neo-Classic SE / PP 300B Amplifier Quick View

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    Manley Neo-Classic SE / PP 300B Amplifier

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    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Handcrafted in the USA


    The wonderfully simple 300B directly heated triode is virtually Lee De Forest's very first evolutionary 3-element piece, comprising only filament, input grid and anode output. Brought to reliable perfection by Western Electric USA and later by Standard Telephones UK as the 4300B, the 300B was very much intended and widely used for telephony amplification. But audio enthusiasts of older times knew a good thing when they saw (heard!) it and the great love affair between the 300B and music began... and dwindled many years later as the American Western Electric 300B was taken out of production in the late 1980's making the genuine ones extremely valuable and, accordingly, very highly prized as collectors' pieces. With the Asian-driven passion and resultant revival of SINGLE ENDED topology the call for the 300B to be put back into production was too overwhelming for the Chinese factories to resist. The Russian and the re-start of USA manufacture of the genuine Western Electric original have further expanded the selection. Basic thermionic simplicity... directly-heated triodes... it is a drug for some, a religion for others...


    With its decidedly (and studiedly) 'retro' physical proportions- very deep front-to-back dimensions with a narrow side-to-side width, this layout closely follows concepts of a bygone era, where the well-conceived intention was to keep the power supply as far as possible from the hum and noise susceptible octal input tubes. The output tubes themselves require careful distancing from the mains transformer and, of course, require pure DC on their filaments. Again, reverence to past times begs the use of vacuum tube rectification with its very gentle voltage rise-time. But to bring the performance up to modern demands, we use two rectifiers to enable the use of very substantial filter / reservoir capacitors... over 1300 microfarads in the B+ rail- much improved from the 4 or 8 microfarads utilized in the 1930's.


    When several other manufacturers started selling single-ended amps with 5 to 9 watts of power, we understood subjectively and objectively the good part of the story: the superb mid range, the delicate detail, the inherent simplicity. The bad news was that there were almost no speakers efficient enough to help form a dynamically viable system. The worst news was that either these single-ended amps cost more than the condo and or they had specs that could only be read as a joke. As the triode fans increased, more efficient speakers became available and several fanatics began to dismiss push-pull as a bad thing to be avoided at all costs. We objected to such blanket generalities and stressed that the push-pull done right with truly phase-balanced transformers, quality parts throughout and well designed circuitry has proven to be a superb technique. We also enjoy single-ended topology but only when it is done right, mostly because we expect flat frequency response and low distortion out of an amplifier. We knew that we could achieve this in a properly conceived single-ended design. We chose to rise to the challenge of designing special circuitry that could be switched on the fly From 12 watts in parallel SINGLE-ENDED to 25 watts in PUSH-PULL which, we believe is unique in the industry.


    The Output transformer (hand-wound in our own factory) is of complex design employing inordinately high primary inductance to compensate for the mandatory magnetic gap required for the uni-direction current and voltage flow of the single-ended output stage. Another factor in the single ended triode saga (currently enjoying a wide spread popularity) is demand for little (or sometimes zero) negative feedback. We at Manley Labs believe in the judicious or sensible amount of feedback to refine and maximize performance. Our Neo-Classic SE/PP300B gives you the choice in precision switched 1 dB steps to go from ZERO dB's to 10 dB's of negative feedback. Even with zero negative feedback, this amp is cleaner and flatter than any single-ended amp we know of.


    One interesting aspect of negative feedback is it gives a higher damping factor. Conventional wisdom would have us think that the higher the damping factor, the better. Our experience is that the optimum damping factor is not infinity and that it depends on the speaker, the room. and the taste of the listener. In other words, the optimum is variability, and this we provide. This amp satisfies us as long time amplifier builders, amazes the critics in several well known magazines and is bound to satisfy you with the ability to fit into your system and your expectations. BUT REMEMBER PLEASE the overall facts of power ratings versus loudspeaker sensitivity and room size when electing to venture into lower power amplifiers (less than 50 watts) and especially when contemplating single-ended topology.


    Manley Labs
    $9,700.00
    Manley Neo-Classic SE/PP 300B Amplifier Buy Now
  • Classic Series Acrylic Dust Cover - VPI Classic, VPI Classic II, VPI Classic III, and VPI Classic Signature Classic Series Acrylic Dust Cover - VPI Classic, VPI Classic II, VPI Classic III, and VPI Classic Signature Quick View

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    Classic Series Acrylic Dust Cover - VPI Classic, VPI Classic II, VPI Classic III, and VPI Classic Signature

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.



    The Only Dust Cover Authorized By VPI Industries


    In order to protect your investment in a VPI turntable, AudioShield created a product line that supports production VPI turntables.


    This cover supports the VPI Classic, VPI Classic II, VPI Classic III, and VPI Classic Signature turntables.


    This product is 100% made in the United States of America.


    AudioShield warrants this unit against defects in materials and/or workmanship for 90 days from the date of purchase.


    Product Dimensions:

    Width: 20

    Depth: 15

    Height: 6.5


    Turntable not included in purchase.

    AudioShield
    $299.00
    VPI Dust Cover - Plinth Buy Now
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner) Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner)

    This fast and furious orchestral work with piano, which begins with what must surely be the most famous clarinet glissando of modern times, was composed with the intention of presenting as many facets as possible of music from the New World in the short space of around 15 minutes. In his Rhapsody In Blue Gershwin wanted to »paint a musical kaleidoscope of America - our enormous melting pot, our typical national traits, our blues, our seething city life«. With this in mind, Leonard Bernstein made a number of recordings of the work and among the many excellent recordings that he made as a conductor or as a soloist, this present version with the Columbia Orchestra, from 1959, is especially of note. Bernstein takes on a double function as conductor and soloist and manoeuvres his way safely and surely through the highly diversified score to create a well-rounded picture filled with hefty orchestral dynamics and finely chiselled solo playing. In Gershwin's freely composed work the soloist and orchestra do not resort to bombastic shock effects or egomaniac keyboard acrobatics, and so this the work can be described as rhapsodic in the very best sense of the word.
    Most fittingly, on the B side there is another freely composed work - the autobiographical sketch entitled An American In Paris. The superb New York musicians paint the impressions of a visitor to the hectic French capital city - that too is the sound of America.


    Musicians:



    • The Columbia Symphony Orchestra

    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • George Gershwin (composer)

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: June 1959 and December 1958 at St George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York, by Fred Plaut and Frank Bruno

    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.


    1. Rhapsody In Blue
    2. An American In Paris
    Leonard Bernstein
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Vienna 1908-1914 Vienna 1908-1914 Quick View

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    Vienna 1908-1914

    Backed by The London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati conducts the orchestral music of Austrian composers from 1908-1914 on this classic reissue, recorded in 1962.
    Five Pieces For Orchestra, Opus 16 - Composed By Arnold Schoenberg
    1. VorgefÜhle (Premonitions)
    2. Vergangenes (Yesteryears)
    3. Sommermorgen An Einem See (Summer Morning By A Lake)
    4. Peripetie (Peripetia)
    5. Das Obligate Rezitativ (The Obligatory Recitative)
    Five Pieces For Orchestra, Opus 10 - Composed By Anton Webern
    6. Sehr Ruhig Und Zart
    7. Lebhaft Und Zart Bewegt
    8. Sehr Langsam Und Äusserst Ruhig
    9. Fliessend Äusserst Zart
    10. Sehr Fliessend
    Three Pieces For Orchestra, Opus 6 - Composed By Alban Berg
    11. PrÄeludium (Preludio)
    12. Reigen (Round Dance)
    13. Marsch (March)
    Antal Dorati & The London Symphony Orchestra
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Grobe Meister Kleine Stucke Grobe Meister Kleine Stucke Quick View

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    Grobe Meister Kleine Stucke

    Clearaudio has treated us to a great vinyl record which has compiled minor works for piano performed by masters from the catalog of the German label Deutsche Grammophon. We meet a cast of gorgeous pieces played with great ease, including classics from Bach and Handel, performed exemplarily by Wilhelm Kempff, to Rachmaninow works performed by the subtle hands of Swjatoslaw Richter. Clearaudio has mastered these classics from the original master tapes and has treated the project with care and knowledge necessary to offer a really attractive disc.
    Side A:

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

    1. Jeux d'eau

    Martha Argerich, piano


    Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

    2. Prelude Des-dur op. 28 Nr. 15

    Martha Argerich, piano

    3. Berceuse Des-dur op. 57

    Stefan Askenase, piano


    Bed_ich Smetana (1824-1884)

    4. Slepi_ka (Huhnchen) (Tschechische Tanze II: Nr. 2)

    Stefan Askenase, piano


    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

    5. Liebestraum Nr. 3

    Stefan Askenase, piano


    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

    6. Fruhlingslied (Lieder ohne Worte op. 62: Nr. 6)

    7. Spinnerlied (Lieder ohne Worte op. 67: Nr. 4)

    Daniel Barenboim, piano


    Side B:

    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

    1. Feux d'artifice

    Monique Haas, piano


    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

    2. Siciliano (Flotensonate BWV 1031: 2. Satz)

    Wilhelm Kempff, piano


    Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)

    3. Menuett (Suite de pieces pour le clavecin HWV 434: 4. Satz)

    Wilhelm Kempff, piano


    Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)

    4. Reigen seliger Geister (Orphee et Eurydice)

    Wilhelm Kempff, piano


    Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

    5. Etude C-dur op. 10 Nr. 1

    6. Etude c-moll op. 10 Nr. 12 "Revolutions-Etude"

    Swjatoslaw Richter, piano


    Sergej Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

    7. PrÉlude g-moll op. 23 Nr. 5

    8. PrÉlude c-moll op. 23 Nr. 7

    Swjatoslaw Richter, piano


    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

    16. Sonate E-dur K. 20

    Alexis Weissenberg, piano

    Wilhelm Kempff
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • VPI Classic Direct Turntable VPI Classic Direct Turntable Quick View

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    VPI Classic Direct Turntable

    2013



    In-Home Setup In The Continental U.S. Included!


    Need help choosing the right turntable for you? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    **All Cartridges Installed Free Of Charge**


    The VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable is the newest turntable in the VPI Classic line. Our design takes advantage of 21st Century motor technology for accurate speed control utilizing a servo motor controller coupled with an active feedback loop to control the motion of the platter. It is a true measure of design and engineering excellence. The Classic Direct Drive Turntable is precision manufactured and painstakingly handmade entirely in the USA. It is simple to set up and is free from any shift in factory settings over time. Some of the VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable key features are:


    VPI produced a superior design by using fundamentally sound engineering coupled with innovative applications of new technologies. By bringing together a team of engineers and companies with proven track records of engineering achievements we have established a new level of performance in turntables that reach the limits of analog technology. The revolutionary design, the ground breaking direct drive system, the most accurate speed control achieved to date, the outstanding industrial design, the list goes on and on substantiating why the VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable is the most advanced and technically superior turntable design ever.


    VPI Turntables
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    Classic Direct Drive Turntable
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  • 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
  • Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Speakers Corner)

    The 1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky's musical tribute to celebrate victory over Napoleon's army, is one of those 19th-century works which is seldom performed in the concert hall due to the enormous number of instruments it requires. This programmatic symphonic work with its battlefield participants - male-voice choir, bell chimes, percussion, and cannon-fire - requires the utmost from everyone involved, from the tutti strings right up to the balance engineer.



    The gratifying result of a production made with only the very best ingredients can now be enjoyed once again with this re-release of a DECCA recording. The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Kenneth Alwyn, has achieved a remarkable feat, their rich timbre enhancing every nuance of this closely-knit score. Sonorous strings and polished brass wind passages ensure that the listener's attention will be riveted right to the very last bar.
    Less nerve-racking but certainly no less riveting in its beauty and lightness are the well-known Capriccio italien and the popular Marche slave. The purchaser of this LP can congratulate himself that he now possesses three of Tchaikovsky's greatest showpieces.





    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)




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

    Production: Michael Williamson




    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. 1812 Overture, Op. 49
    2. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
    3. Marche Slave, Op. 31
    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky:  Piano Concerto No. 1 (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Speakers Corner)

    By the end of February 1875, Tchaikovsky had completed the orchestration of his Piano Concerto No. 1 which was given its first performance in the same year in Boston by Hans von BÜlow. In St. Petersburg the composer himself conducted his concert on the first of December.



    The main theme of the first movement is based upon a Russian folksong, and the finale takes the form of a splendid "danse russe", while the middle section takes up motifs of a french chansonette from Bizet's Carmen.



    Among the many pianists who have recorded this piano concert, Clifford Curzon is remarkable for dispensing with exaggerations and mannerisms in his interpretation. His outstanding technique and analytic skills combine to produce a rendering of impeccable homogeneity.



    The fine sound quality is yet another attractive feature of this impressive recording.



    Recording: October 1958 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown / Production: John Culshaw




    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.

    Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra
    - Sir Clifford Curzon, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti
    Clifford Curzon
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Decca Sound - The Analogue Years (Box Set) The Decca Sound - The Analogue Years (Box Set) Quick View

    $120.99
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    The Decca Sound - The Analogue Years (Box Set)

    In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be
    fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term 'full frequency range recording' was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the
    beginnings of high fidelity. Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca's 'Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound' became a worldwide hallmark
    of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born. THE ANALOGUE YEARS presents a 50-Album overview across 6 LPs of the celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.
    LP 1
    1.Ravel: L Enfant et les sortilèges


    LP 2
    1. Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
    2. Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta
    3. Rossini: Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    4. Rossini: Overture to Semiramide
    5. Rossini: Overture to Guglielmo Tell


    LP 3
    1. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46
    2. Hindemith: Violin Concerto


    LP 4
    1. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39
    2. Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op.11


    LP 5
    1. Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
    2. Kodaly: Dances of Galata
    3. Kodaly: Orzses Song & Chicken Song from Hary János


    LP 6
    1. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

    Various Artists
    $120.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Archiv Produktion: Classical Recordings 1956-1982 (Awaiting Repress) Archiv Produktion: Classical Recordings 1956-1982 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $99.99
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    Archiv Produktion: Classical Recordings 1956-1982 (Awaiting Repress)

    Numbered, Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    5 LP Box Set


    Original LP Front And Back Covers


    16-Page Leaflet, With Introduction On Archiv, And Facsimiles Of The Inner Pages Of The Original Archiv Gatefold LPs


    Archiv Produktion: Classical Recordings 1956-1982 features:



    • Helmut Walcha playing famous Bach organ works one of Archivs first stereo recordings

    • Karl Richter early recordings of two joyous Bach cantatas, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51 and the wedding cantata Weichet nur, betrÜbte Schatten BWV 202

    • Nikolaus Harnoncourts Court Music by Muffat and Biber with Concentus Musicus Wien one of only two recordings he made on Archiv

    • Reinhard Goebel and Music Antiqua Kolns classic French Baroque programme, Le Parnasse Francais

    • Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert with Handel Concerti Grossi op. 6 nos. 9 12: an LP to die for, with the clarity and airiness of its recording, and the rhythm and feeling of its performances

    LP 1
    1. Toccata - Helmut Walcha
    2. Fugue - Helmut Walcha
    3. 1. Vivace - Helmut Walcha
    4. 2. Lento - Helmut Walcha
    5. 3. Allegro - Helmut Walchav
    6. 1. Prelude - Helmut Walcha
    7. 2. Fugue - Helmut Walcha
    8. 1. (Allegro Moderato) - Helmut Walcha
    9. 2. Adagio - Helmut Walcha
    10. 3. Allegro - Helmut Walchav


    LP 2
    1. Aria: Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    2. Recitativo: Wir Beten Zu Dem Tempel An - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    3. Aria: Höchster, Höchster Mache Deine GÜte Ferner Alle Morgen Neu - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    4. Chorale: Sei Lob Und Preis Mit Ehren - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    5. 1. Adagio: Weichet Nur, BetrÜbte Schatten - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, Hedwig Bilgramv
    6. 2. Recit: Die Welt Wird Wieder Neu - Maria Stader, Hedwig Bilgram, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    7. 3. Aria: Phöbus Eilt Mit Schnellen Pferden - Maria Stader, Hedwig Bilgram, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    8. 4. Recit: D'rum Sucht Auch Amor Sein VergnÜgen - Maria Stader, Hedwig Bilgram, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    9. 5. Aria: Wenn Die FrÜhlingslÜfte Streichen - Maria Stader, Hedwig Bilgram, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    10. 6. Recit: Und Dieses Ist Das GlÜcke - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, Hedwig Bilgram
    11. 7. Aria: Sich Üben Im Lieben - Maria Stader, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    12. 8. Recit: So Sei Das Band Der Keuschen Liebe - Maria Stader, Hedwig Bilgram, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
    13. 9. Gavotte: Sehet in Zufriedenheit - Maria Stader, Hedwig Bilgram, MÜnchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter


    LP 3
    1. Ouverture - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    2. Les Courtisans - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    3. Rondeau - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    4. Les Gendarmes - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    5. Les Bossus - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    6. Gavotte - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    7. Sarabande Pour Le GÉnie de L'amitiÉ - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    8. Gigue - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    9. Menuet - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    10. 1. Sonata. Grave - Allegro - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    11. 2. Ballo. Allegro - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    12. 3. Grave - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    13. 4. Aria - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    14. 5. Giga - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    15. Sonata (Adagio-Presto) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    16. Die Pauern Kirchfahrt - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    17. Aria - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    18. 1. (Allegro Non Troppo) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    19. 2. (Poco Allegro) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    20. 3. (Adagio) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    21. 4. (Allegro) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    22. 5. (Adagio) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    23. 6. (Poco Allegro) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    24. 7. (Adagio) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    25. 8. (Allegro) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    26. 9. (Allegro) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    27. 1. Allegro - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    28. 2. (Presto) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    29. 3. Presto - Adagio - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    30. Sonata - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    31. Die Liderliche Gesellschaft Von Allerley Humor - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    32. Presto - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    33. Der Mars - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    34. Presto - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    35. Aria - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    36. Die Schlacht - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    37. Lamento Der Verwundten Musquetirer (Adagio) - Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt


    LP 4
    1. La Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève Du Mont de Paris - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    2. 1. Lentement / Gravement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    3. 2. Vive / MarquÉ / Gay - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    4. 3. Lentement / Doux / RÉcit / Grave - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    5. 4. Doux / RÉcit / Vivement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    6. 5. Lentement / Gravement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    7. 1. Gravement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    8. 2. Gayment - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    9. 3. Air (Tendrement) - Gravement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    10. 4. LÉgèrement - Vivement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Henk Bouman, Reinhard Goebel
    11. 1. Un Peu Grave - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel
    12. 2. LÉgèrement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel
    13. 3. Un Peu Gay - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel
    14. 4. Sarabande - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel
    15. 5. TRÈS Vivement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel
    16. 6. Gravement - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel
    17. 7. Gigue - Musica Antiqua KÖLN, Reinhard Goebel


    LP 5
    1. Largo - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    2. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    3. Larghetto - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    4. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    5. Menuet - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    6. Gigue - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    7. 1. Ouverture - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    8. 2. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    9. 3. Air (Lento) - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    10. 4. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    11. 5. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    12. 1. Andante Larghetto, E Staccato - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    13. 2. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    14. 3. Largo, E Staccato - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    15. 4. Andante - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    16. 5. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    17. 1. Largo - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    18. 2. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    19. 3. Larghetto, E Piano - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    20. 4. Largo - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert
    21. 5. Allegro - Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, Anthony Pleeth, Robert Woolley, Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert

    Various Artists
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner) Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner)

    Fritz Reiner dedicated himself to the interpretation of works by modern composers such as Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and BÉla Bartók, and it suited him well to tackle works such as Brahms's Hungarian Dances and Dvorák's Slavonic Dances. These lively compositions require a conductor whose interaction with the orchestra is vivacious and animated. Reiner always demanded utmost concentration and perfection from his ensemble. Under his baton, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays with enthusiasm and without restaint; no trace of a sterile concert atmosphere is found in this recording.



    Reiner's penchant for effects is not irritating, but rather adds highlights which support his highly musical interpretation, indeed one even forgets this trait when listening to the brilliant music.



    From a tonal point of view, the sound is beautifully balanced and reaches the highest standards despite its recording date of 1960 - or maybe just for that reason? The recording is characterized by its brilliance, warmth and vivacity with the result that listening becomes a true musical pleasure.





    Musicians:



    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Fritz Reiner (conductor)




    Recording: June 1960 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown

    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.


    Johannes Brahms
    $34.99
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    Vivaldi: Concertos

    In the 18th century, long before any quota agreement or gender studies had taken place, a major part of Venice's musical life lay in the hands of four local orphanages for girls. In 1703, Vivaldi took on the position as conductor, violinist and composer at one of these homes, the Ospedale della Pietà. There he wrote works that are among the very best in music literature due to their inventiveness and artistic demands upon the musicians. As such, one can well imagine just how extraordinarily talented the young girls were. A notion of the fine compositions that floated through the city of canals 300 years ago is given by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in a selection taken from a collection of 12 violin concertos known as L'estro armonico, op. 3. The animated dialogue among the strings takes place on several levels: for example, the leading parts not only concertise with and against one another but also after one another, so that the characteristic art of performance of each individual soloist is clearly to be discerned.


    And because no one knows how Vivaldi's girl orchestra would have sounded, anyone listening to this recording can let his imagination run riot as to how it could have been. It goes without saying that the Tacet team have pulled out all the stops with regard to technical matters in order to achieve the best possible analogue sound.

    Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins, RV 522
    Concerto for Two Cellos, RV 531
    Concerto for Three Violins, RV 551
    Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547
    Antonio Vivaldi
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    Wagner: The Collector's Edition

    The 6-LP limited edition set includes landmark performances from Jessye Norman, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Jess Thomas and more; a musthave
    for the dedicated Wagner collector.


    Richard Wagner was one of the most revolutionary figures in the history of music, a composer who made pivotal contributions to the development of harmony and musical drama that reverberate even today. Indeed, though Wagner occasionally produced successful music written on a relatively modest scale, opera -- the bigger, the better -- was clearly his milieu, and his aesthetic is perhaps the most grandiose that Western music has ever known. Early in his career, Wagner learned both the elements and the practical, political realities of his craft by writing a handful of operas which were unenthusiastically, even angrily, received. Beginning with Rienzi (1838-40) and The Flying Dutchman (1841), however, he enjoyed a string of successes that propelled him to immortality and changed the face of music. His monumental Ring cycle of four operas -- Das Rheingold (1853-54), Die WalkÜre (1854-56), Siegfried (1856-71) and GötterdÄmmerung (1869-74) -- remains the most ambitious and influential contribution by any composer to the opera literature. Tristan and Isolde (1857-59) is perhaps the most representative example of Wagner's musical style, which is characterized by a high degree of chromaticism, a restless, searching tonal instability, lush harmonies, and the association of specific musical elements (known as leitmotifs, the flexible manipulation of which is one of the glories of Wagner's music) with certain characters and plot points. Wagner wrote text as well as music for all his operas, which he preferred to call music dramas.

    - Rovi Staff (All Music Guide)

    LP 1 / Wagner: Choruses
    Der fliegende HollÄnder
    1. Act 1 - Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer
    2. Act 2 - Summ und Brumm, du gutes RÄdchen - Dann hÄlt uns lÄnger keine Pflicht (Chor der MÄdchen, Mary, Senta)
    3. Act 3 - Steuermann, lass die Wacht! (nur Chor)
    TannhÄuser
    4. Act 2 - Freudig begrÜßen wir die edle Halle
    5. Act 3 - BeglÜckt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen - Heil! Heil! Der Gnade Wunder Heil!
    Lohengrin
    6. Act 1 - Seht, seht! Welch ein seltsam Wunder!
    7. Act 2 - Gesegnet soll sie schreiten
    Lohengrin
    8. Act 3 - Treulich gefÜhrt ziehet dahin
    Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
    9. Act 3 - Wacht auf! Es nahet gen den Tag - Ehrt eure deutschen Meister
    GötterdÄmmerung
    Zweiter Aufzug
    10. Szene 3: Hoiho! Hoihohoho Ihr Gibichsmannen
    Parsifal
    11. Act 1 - Zum letzten Liebesmahle gerÜstet Tag fÜr Tag


    LP 2 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Arias & Duets
    Tristan und Isolde
    1. Act 2 - Isolde! Geliebte! - Tristan! Geliebter!
    Tristan und Isolde
    2. Act 2 - Einsam wachend in der Nacht - O ewnge Nacht (Brangaenens Watch and Love Duet ( II))
    3. Act 3 - Mild und leise wie er lÄchelt (Isoldes Liebestod) (Isolde)


    LP 3 / Jess Thomas Sings Richard Wagner
    Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
    1. Act 1 - Fanget an!
    2. Act 3 - Morgenlich leuchtend
    Lohengrin
    3. Act 3 - Höchstes Vertraun hast du mir schon zu danken
    4. Act 3 - In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
    Die WalkÜre
    Erster Aufzug
    5. Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
    Das Rheingold
    Zweite Szene
    6. Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn!
    Rienzi
    7. Act 5 - AllmÄcht'ger Vater, blick herab
    Parsifal
    8. Act 3 - Nur eine Waffe taugt


    LP 4 / Wagner: Overtures and Preludes
    Rienzi
    1. Overture
    TannhÄuser and the Contest of Song on the Wartburg
    2. Overture
    Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
    3. Prelude
    Parsifal
    4. Prelude


    LP 5 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Highlights
    Tristan und Isolde
    1. Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend
    2. Act 1 - Herr Tristan trete nah - Nun lass uns SÜhne trinken
    3. Act 2 - O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe - ...bald entweicht die Nacht
    Tristan und Isolde
    4. Act 3 - Prelude
    5. Act 3 - O Wonne! Nein! - Isolde - Ha
    6. Act 3 - Tod und Hölle - ...ertrinken, versinken, unbewusst, höchste Lust


    LP 6 / Wagner: TannhÄuser Overture, Siegfried-Idyll, Tristan und Isolde (Excerpts)
    TannhÄuser
    1. Overture
    2. Siegfried Idyll
    Tristan und Isolde
    3. Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend
    4. Act 3 - Mild und leise wie er lÄchelt (Isoldes Liebestod)

    Various Artists
    $109.99
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  • Pro-Ject The Classic Turntable 3 COLORS AVAILABLE Pro-Ject The Classic Turntable Quick View

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    Pro-Ject The Classic Turntable




    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    SB Upgrade Option: includes a record clamp, leather mat, electronic speed control and a Sumiko Blue Point No.2 cartridge


    The Classic combines the best of modern technical design with a timeless aesthetic that hearkens back to turntables of years past.


    Unlike other throw-back designs that rely solely on clichÉ "retro cool" styling to sell, The Classic is also a technical tour de force. Featuring a new 9" carbon fiber and aluminum composite tonearm, a completely new sub-chassis design, and a set of sophisticated isolation feet, The Classic offers a level performance the distantly-related turntables of analog's golden age could only dream of.


    Don't just take our word for it, though - EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association) has already bestowed The Classic with their prestigious "Best Turntable Award" for 2017.


    The Classic arrives this month in three beautiful matte wood finishes: walnut, rosenut (walnut with a tasteful red tint), and eucalyptus. Turntable includes a hinged acrylic dustcover and an Ortofon 2M Silver moving magnet cartridge.


    Pro-Ject
    $1,099.00
    Classic Turntable with SB Upgrade Option - 3 Colors Available
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  • 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
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  • Mozart - Clarinet Concerto - Horn Concerto (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Mozart - Clarinet Concerto - Horn Concerto (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Mozart - Clarinet Concerto - Horn Concerto (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    The amazing skill of two great virtuosos, Joseph Leutgeb and Anton Stadler, inspired Mozart to compose the concertos heard here. Made in 1959, this DECCA recording gives us an excellent idea of how the concertos would have sounded in Mozart's day, thanks to two of today's very best instrumentalists - the clarinettist Gervase de Peyer and the horn player Barry Tuckwell.



    Amazing lightness, warmth of tone and perfect intonation are the hallmarks of the soloist and London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Maag in the clarinet concerto, which Mozart completed only a few weeks before his death. The two horn concertos heard here were also written during Mozart's final creative period in Vienna. Just one hearing is enough to let them be remembered for all time - for these concertos employ to the full the horn's rich and widely varied range of expression. Broad arching melodies, tripping runs and merry hunting calls in the final movements guarantee musical enjoyment, and for this we owe our thanks to both the past and present masters of their instruments in this delightful recording.





    Musicians:



    • Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)

    • Barry Tuckwell (horn)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Peter Maag (conductor)




    Recording: November 1959 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson
    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.



    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

    Hailu Mergia is a one-man band. In 1985, master accordionist and veteran bandleader, arranger and keyboardist released the Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument cassette. In a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth, Hailu gave Ethiopian music a sonic makeover. He was already celebrated for his work with the groundbreaking Addis Ababa ethio-jazz and funk outfit Walias Band. With imagination and a visionary sense of the self-contained possibilities of modern music, he captured the popular sounds of the past using the modern tools of the day.


    The reissue of this recording brings back a moment when Ethiopian music was
    shifting from acoustic-based performances to recordings using more and more
    synthesized elements. While the resulting sound of that shift has its critics Hailu
    Mergia's initial experiments with switched-on solo instrumentals based on
    Ethiopian folk and popular music captures a singular feeling dripping in
    ambiance and a very human emotional energy

    1. Shemonmuanaye
    2. Sewnetuwa
    3. Laloye
    4. Wegene
    5. Hari Meru Meru
    6. Amrew Demkew
    7. Anchin Alay Alegn
    8. Ambasel
    9. Hebo Lale
    10. Belew Beduby
    11. Shilela
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    Classic Zeus

    Zeus returns with the unapologetically titled Classic Zeus, resuming its affair with timeless melody, vintage ambience, and instant future classicism. Classic Zeus is the band's most cohesive and heartfelt record to date: a truly collective effort of singular vision: 11 songs of introspective pop and spirited rock and roll, buoyed by Zeus' studio mastery reinvented. This is the story of a band that has walked through fire and come out the other side naked and raw. Take your past and throw it on the fire.
    1. Where Is My Love?

    2. Miss My Friends

    3. Everybody's Got One

    4. Bonnieview
    5. First One In
    6. Straight Through The Light
    7. Old Enough To Know
    8. 27 Is The New 17
    9. One Line Written In
    10. You Could Have A Lover
    11. Throw It On The Fire
    Zeus
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    The Classic

    I'm in the best place I've ever been in my life, declares Joan Wasser, and she's just recorded the album that proves it. The Classic, the fourth album of originals by the uniquely charismatic artist known as Joan As Police Woman, builds on the creative impetus and success of its 2011 predecessor The Deep Field, on which Joan strove to create music rooted in an intimate, elemental and uplifting brand of soul combined with her own unique serene, torch-singing temperament, with a more liberated feel than ever before. The result is a perfect reflection of her efforts to address - and solve - personal issues and so reject the singer-songwriter's traditional melancholic disposition for an unashamed lust for life. As graffiti in the artwork of her 2006 debut album Real Life read: Evolve and Be Brave.


    The Classic is named after one of its ten tracks. Part is to do with the way we recorded mostly live; the way records used to get made, she explains. But I wrote 'The Classic' itself as a classic girl-group doo wop song, and the lyric refers to classic old songs like Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell 'You're All I Need To Get By', Stevie Wonder's ' Joy Inside My Tears' and Danny & The Juniors' 'Rock'n'Roll Is Here To Stay'. And at the end, I spell out the name of the song, like Aretha Franklin did with 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'! The song begins 'I am home in your arms' and it's solely joyful, expressing jubilation. Melancholy is still part of my life, but it's no longer leeching energy from my life.

    1. Witness
    2. Holy City
    3. The Classic
    4. Good Together
    5. Get Direct
    6. What Would You Do
    7. New Year's Day
    8. Shame
    9. Stay
    10. Ask Me
    Joan As Police Woman
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    Occult Classic

    180 Gram Clear Vinyl


    The 'OCCULT CLASSIC' LP opens with the Rock City and
    AWOLNATION featured "Kill It 4 the Kids" single, whose
    whirlwind of lighters-up metal, signature bass growls and
    festival sized synthwork make up one of the release's many
    style hopping switch ups; including the Youtube flavored
    Baltimore Club of the "Dolphin on Wheels" collaboration with
    Dillon Francis, the rowdy dubstep-meets-drum & bass head
    banger, "Spitfire Riddim" with Madsonik, and the razor sharp
    bassline-backed electro thump of "Louder" with Tommy
    Trash.


    At times, the album feels like a snapshot of his adrenaline
    fueled live sets, which he's performed from some of the
    most iconic stages in the world (Coachella, Lollapalooza,
    EDC Las Vegas, Holy Ship! and the Mad Decent Block
    Party). In the midst of touring and working on music over
    the last few years, Kill the Noise has also received MTV
    Clubland's Music Video pick of the year twice (2012,
    2013), he's collaborated on official releases with Skrillex,
    Korn, Passion Pit, and Flux Pavilion, and he co-wrote and
    produced 2014's "Shell Shocked" from Paramount
    Picture's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack
    alongside Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign.

    1. Kill It 4 The Kids (feat. AWOLNATION & Rock City)
    2. FUK UR MGMT
    3. Mine (with Bryn Christopher)
    4. I Do Coke (with Feed Me)
    5. Without A Trace (Feat. Stalking Gia)
    6. Tommy Trash - Louder (Feat. Rock City)
    7. Dolphin on Wheels (with Dillon Francis)
    8. Lose Ya Love
    9. Spitfire Riddim (feat. twoton with Madsonik)
    10. All in My Head (feat. AWOLNATION)
    Kill The Noise
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    VK-1 Classic Edition Headphones



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Hand-assembled in France


    One-Year Warranty


    VK-1 Classic Edition combine minimalistic and refined design with high-definition custom made titanium transducers.


    Aedle
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