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  • Brahms - Piano Concerto 1 (Speakers Corner) Brahms - Piano Concerto 1 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms - Piano Concerto 1 (Speakers Corner)

    Brahms originally intended his Piano Concerto No. 1 as a symphony and he extensively reworked his ideas before setting down the work in the form as we know it today. The composer's original intentions still shimmer through however, for the work goes far beyond mere concertante playing and a display of virtuoso brilliance by the soloist. The first movement in particular, with its relentless, threatening main theme, embodies Brahms's dramatic symphonic writing and even a conciliatory secondary theme offers no relief for it too must give way to the heavy, fateful initial theme.



    The passionate and grandiose opening movement is followed by an Adagio full of tranquillity and quiet devotion; the solemn atmosphere is taken to exalted heights by the soloist and orchestra only to fade out pianissimo.
    Although the forceful, belligerent Finale occasionally conjures up the dark powers of the first movement, the work ends in a confident and cheerful vein.
    It is amazing how the sheer presence of the emotions in this composition have been captured on the present DECCA recording from 1962. This is not only true of the gripping interpretation but also of the recording itself which remains transparent and brilliant throughout.



    Musicians:



    • Sir Clifford Curzon (piano)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • George Szell (conductor)




    Recording: May/ June 1962 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson
    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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15

    2. Maestoso

    3. Adagio

    4. Rondo: Allegro non troppo

    Johannes Brahms
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor Quick View

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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Newly presented on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl pressings, Decca are proud to present iconic albums from the
    analogue era back on vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at optimal GmbH, each release has been
    carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios. In this classic recording, pianist Clifford Curzon records Brahms' Piano Concerto no. 1 with George Szell leading the London Symphony.

    1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato
    2. Adagio
    3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
    Clifford Curzon
    $22.99
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  • 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
  • Schubert - Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner) Schubert - Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Schubert - Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner)

    In the summer of 1819, Franz Schubert stayed in the Austrian town of Steyr where he began work on the composition of the five-movement Piano Quintet in A major, op. 114 (D 667) which was commissioned by the cellist Sylvester Paumgartner. The work was completed in the autumn and soon achieved great popularity under the name of Trout Quintet, which it owes to the Andantino fourth movement - a set of variations on the song of the same name.
    The work has remained highly popular right up to the present day and so it comes as no surprise to find this highly praised recording, made with such renowned artists as the pianist Clifford Curzon, the violinist Willi Boskovsky and other members of the Vienna Octet, being released once again.



    The ensembles refreshing performance reflects the sparkling lightness and virtuosity of the work. The well-balanced recording with its full tone certainly deserves a place in every music lovers collection.





    Musicians:



    • Sir Clifford Curzon and Members of the Vienna Octet




    Recording: October 1957 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.



    Clifford Curzon and the Vienna Octet
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Liszt: Sonata in B Minor (Speakers Corner) Liszt: Sonata in B Minor (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Liszt: Sonata in B Minor (Speakers Corner)

    Modesty is a virtue, it is said. And that is precisely what DECCA must have had in mind when they entitled the present Liszt recording "A Recital". More fitting and in no way over-exaggerated would have been "Essential Liszt", for all the works on the present recording are true highlights.



    The B minor Sonata is not only considered Liszt's most important piano composition but is moreover among the most magnificent and powerful piano works ever written. Clifford Curzon performs this work with amazing sovereignity, working his way through the work's rugged intricacies safely and surely, never missing even the tiniest motivic fragment.
    After a short pause to draw one's breath, we move on to enjoy the famous Liebestraum with its passionate recurring theme. The spirited and vigorous Valse oubliÉe is followed by the dazzling Gnomenreigen taken at a pace which almost verges on folly. This virtuosic firework display is brought to a contemplative close with the lyrical Berceuse in a masterly performance full of inner peace and clarity.



    This recording is perfect in every sense, both musically and technically, and is therefore recommended not only to confirmed lovers of Liszt but to those who are just beginning their love affair with him.







    Recording: September 1963 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by Roy Wallace

    Production: Michael Brenner




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Sonata in B Minor
    2. Liebstraum
    3. Valse Oubliee
    4. Gnomenreigen
    5. Berceuse
    Clifford Curzon
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Emperor; Concerto No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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

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



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



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



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





    Musicians:



    • Sir Clifford Curzon

    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Hans Knappertsbusch (conductor)




    Recording: June 1957, Sofiensaal, Vienna by Gordon Parry

    Production: Erik Smith




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. First Movement - Allegro
    2. Second Movement: Adagio Un Poco Mosso
    3. Third Movement: Rondo (Allegro)
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • On Air On Air Quick View

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    On Air

    Import



    Printed Innersleeve


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Exclusive Artwork Created By Peter Curzon, Storm Studis


    On Air is the second solo release by Alan Parsons following the split of The Alan Parsons Project, however the album's chief creative force was the Project's long-time guitarist, Ian Bairnson. Its concept revolves around the history of airborne exploration. Musically, this album is very different from Try Anything Once and the Alan Parsons Project albums, opting for more of a soft rock sound and a stable band line-up rather than the funky rhythms, symphonic flares, or rotating vocalists of the past.

    1. Blue Blue Sky
    2. Too Close To The Sun
    3. Blown By The Wind
    4. Cloudbreak
    5. I Can't Look Down
    6. Brother Up In Heaven
    7. Fall Free
    8. Apollo
    9. So Far Away
    10. One Day To Fly
    11. Blue Blue Sky
    Alan Parsons
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Time Machine (Awaiting Repress) Time Machine (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Time Machine (Awaiting Repress)

    Import


    Available On Vinyl For The First Time!


    Gatefold & Printed Innersleeves


    Exclusive Artwork Created By Peter Curzon, Storm Studis


    On Air is the second solo release by Alan Parsons following the split of The Alan Parsons Project, however the album's chief creative force was the Project's long-time guitarist, Ian Bairnson. Its concept revolves around the history of airborne exploration. Musically, this album is very different from Try Anything Once and the Alan Parsons Project albums, opting for more of a soft rock sound and a stable band line-up rather than the funky rhythms, symphonic flares, or rotating vocalists of the past.



    1. The Time Machine (Part 1)
    2. Temporalia
    3. Out Of The Blue
    4. Call Up
    5. Ignorance Is Bliss
    6. Rubber Universe
    7. No Future In The Past
    8. Press Rewind
    9. The Very Last Time
    10. Far Ago And Long Away
    11. The Time Machine (Part 2)
    12. Dr. Evil Edit
    Alan Parsons
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Pulse (Awaiting Repress) Pulse (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Pulse (Awaiting Repress)

    Pressed On 4x Heavyweight 180-Gram Vinyl


    Compiled By James Guthrie, Using Various Performances From The Band's 1994 Division Bell Tour Across The Uk And Europe Featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason And Richard Wright


    Includes 'the Dark Side Of The Moon' Performed In Full Live, As Well As A Whole Side Dedicated To The Show's Encore


    The 4-LP Set Includes Four Different Inner Sleeves, Each Inside Individual Outer Sleeves, Plus A 52-Page Hardback Photo Book, All Encased In A Thick Card Slipcase


    Remastered From The Original Tapes By James Guthrie, Joel Plante And Bernie Grundman


    Aubrey Powell Of Hipgnosis And Peter Curzon, Who Worked On The Original Art With The Late Hipgnosis Co-Founder, Storm Thorgerson, Recreated The Art Package


    Via Sony/Legacy Records, Pink Floyd will re-release their 1995 UK Number 1 live album 'PULSE,' pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.


    'PULSE', originally released in 1995, was compiled by James Guthrie, using various performances from the band's 1994 Division Bell tour across the UK and Europe featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album includes 'The Dark Side of the Moon' performed in full live, as well as a whole side dedicated to the show's encore.


    The 4-LP set includes four different inner sleeves, each inside individual outer sleeves, plus a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase.


    This 2018 release was remastered from the original tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon, who worked on the original art with the late Hipgnosis co-founder, Storm Thorgerson, recreated the art package.

    LP1

    1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5, 7)

    2. Astronomy Domine

    3. What Do You Want From Me

    4. Learning To Fly

    5. Keep Talking

    6. Coming Back To Life


    LP2

    1. Hey You

    2. A Great Day For Freedom

    3. Sorrow

    4. High Hopes

    5. Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)

    6. Coming Back To Life


    LP3

    1. The Dark Side Of The Moon

    2. Speak To Me

    3. Breathe (In The Air)

    4. On The Run

    5. Time

    6. The Great Gig In The Sky

    7. Money


    LP4

    1. Us And Them

    2. Any Colour You Like

    3. Brain Damage

    4. Eclipse

    Encores:

    5. Wish You Were Here

    6. Comfortably Numb

    7. Run Like Hell

    Pink Floyd
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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