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  • The Decca Sound - The Analogue Years (Box Set) The Decca Sound - The Analogue Years (Box Set) Quick View

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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
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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 Black Maskers / Tabuh-Tabuhan The Black Maskers / Tabuh-Tabuhan Quick View

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    The Black Maskers / Tabuh-Tabuhan

    Backed by The Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducts Roger Sessions' Suite From The Black Maskers on side one and Colin Mcphee's Tabuh-Tabuhan (Toccata For Orchestra) on side two of this classic reissue, originally released in 1959.
    1. Dance - Suite From The Black Maskers - Roger Sessions

    2. Scene - Suite From The Black Maskers - Roger Sessions

    3. Dirge - Suite From The Black Maskers - Roger Sessions
    4. Finale - Suite From The Black Maskers - Roger Sessions

    5. Ostinatos - Tabuh-Tabuhan (Toccata For Orchestra) - Colin McPhee
    6. Nocturne - Tabuh-Tabuhan (Toccata For Orchestra) - Colin McPhee

    7. Finale - Tabuh-Tabuhan (Toccata For Orchestra) - Colin McPhee
    Howard Hanson & The Eastman-Rochester Orchestra
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  • Phase Four Stereo Concert Series (Box Set) Phase Four Stereo Concert Series (Box Set) Quick View

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    Phase Four Stereo Concert Series (Box Set)


    Limited-Edition, Numbered LP Set With A Detailed Booklet


    Original LP Front And Back Covers


    Cover Art In Style Of The 40 CD Box Set


    Lift-off Rigid LP Box


    Full-Colour Booklet


    The Pressings From Record Industries Will Be On 180 Gram Vinyl Stock


    Lacquers Cut By Sean Magee At Abbey Road Studios


    In the 1960s Decca pioneered the use of a multi 10-channel console mixer which created recordings with an unprecedented sense of spatial realism and
    movement - Phase 4 Stereo. Following in the footsteps of Decca's highly-successful label heritage sets (The Decca Sound, Mercury Living Presence),
    this generous selection of the very best of Phase 4 promises to amaze a new generation of fans.


    Two of the titles included in the set are on the TAS List - the Holy Grail of vinyl fidelity. This is a list of recordings recommended by The Absolute Sound
    magazine under the direction of Harry Pearson.


    Box Set Includes:

    Hermann: Fantasy Film World (PFS 4309)

    Rozsa: Music From Ben Hur (PFS 4394)

    Mozart: Yellow River Concerto (PFS 4299)

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (PFS 4062)

    Bizet: Carmen & L'Arlesienne Suites (PFS 4127)

    Dvorak: New World Symphony (PFS 4128)

    LP 1 - Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor "From the New World"
    1. Adagio - Allegro molto
    2. Largo
    3. Scherzo (molto vivace)
    4. Allegro con Fuoco


    LP 2 - The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Hermann
    1. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    2. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
    3. The Day the Earth Stood Still
    4. Fahrenheit 451


    LP 3 - Bizet: Carmen & L'ArlÉsienne Suites
    1. Les toreadors
    2. Aragonaise
    3. Intermezzo
    4. Les dragons d'Alcala
    5. Habanera
    6. La garde montante
    7. Danse bohème
    8. PrÉlude
    9. Minuetto
    10. Adagietto
    11. Carillon
    12. Farandole


    LP 4 - Rósza: Music from Ben Hur
    1. Fanfare To Prelude
    2. Star Of Bethlehem And Adoration Of The Magic
    3. Friendship
    4. The Burning Desert
    5. Arrius's Party
    6. Rowing Of The Galley Slaves
    7. Parade Of The Charioteers
    8. The Mother's Love
    9. Return To Judea
    10. Ring For Freedom
    11. Lepers' Search For The Christ
    12. Procession To Calvary
    13. Miracle And Finale


    LP 5 - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
    1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
    2. The Story of the Calender Prince
    3. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
    4. Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck against a rock surmounted by a bronze warrior (The Shipwreck)


    LP 6 - Yellow River Concerto; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
    1. Prelude: The Song Of The Yellow River Boatmen
    2. Ode To The Yellow River
    3. The Yellow River In Wrath
    4. Defend The Yellow River
    5. Allegro
    6. Andante
    7. Allegro vivace assai

    Various Artists
    $139.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Quick View

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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

    Presented With Original Artwork And Pressed On 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl At Optimal


    Eschewing its usual heavy orchestral sound in favor of a more stripped-down instrumentation, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's second album offers a fresh interpretation of one of the most performed classical works, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The 2005 follow-up to her Barry Wordsworth-conducted debut, the subtle but passionate renditions of the La Primavera, L'estate, L'autunno, and L'inverno concertos are performed with a sparse, eight-piece ensemble including Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin, her cellist brother Maarten, and harpsichordist father Jan.


    - Jon O'Brien (Allmusic.com)

    1. La Primavera
    2. L'Estate
    3. L'Autunno
    4. L'Inverno
    Janine Jansen
    $18.99
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  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor

    Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor
    1. I Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    2. II Intermezzo: Adagio
    3. III Finale: Alla Breve
    Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
    $21.99
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  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Quick View

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D

    Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D
    Various Artists
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 In C Minor - Organ Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 In C Minor - Organ Quick View

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    Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 In C Minor - Organ

    Backed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and featuring Marcel Dupre on organ, Paul Paray conducts Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3 in C minor, originally released in 1958.
    Symphony No. 3 In C Minor Op. 78


    1. Adagio - Allegro Moderato
    2. Allegro Moderato

    Marcel Dupre / Paul Paray & The Detroit Symphony
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  • Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suites 1 And 2 Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suites 1 And 2 Quick View

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    Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suites 1 And 2


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Master Tapes


    Plated And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl By Quality Record Pressings!


    Jean Morel conducting the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. Recorded by renowned Decca audio engineer Kenneth Wilkinson, at Kingsway Hall. A rare album that is highly sought after.


    Recorded in Kingsway Hall

    Producer: Michael Bremner

    Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. España Rapsodie
    2. L'ArlÉsienne Suite No. 1
    3. L'ArlÉsienne Suite No. 2
    4. Marche Joyeuse
    Jean Morel
    $34.99
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  • The Decca Sound - Mono Years (Box Set) The Decca Sound - Mono Years (Box Set) Quick View

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    The Decca Sound - Mono Years (Box Set)

    This limited-edition LP set features six outstanding recordings from Decca's earliest high fidelity history, celebrating the technological breakthroughs that brought full-frequency range recording (ffrr) and high fidelity to the world 70 years ago.
    LP1
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


    Petrouchka - Version 1911 -


    Scene 1:
    1. The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-Trick
    Scene 2:
    2. Petrouchka's Room
    Scene 3:
    3. The Moor's Room - Dance Of The Ballerina
    Scene 4:
    4. The Shrovetide Fair Evening


    LP2
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


    Symphony No. 5 in F, Op. 68 Pastoral
    1. Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    2. Szene Am Bach: Andante Molto Mosso
    3. Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute Allegro
    4. Gewitter, Sturm Allegro
    5. Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare) GefÜhle nach dem Sturm (Allegretto)


    LP3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
    1. Dawn (Original Version)
    2. Sunday Morning (Original Version)
    3. Moonlight (Original Version)
    4. Storm (Original Version)
    From Peter Grimes, Op.33b
    5. Passacaglia
    6. The Young Person's Guide To the Orchestra, Op. 34


    LP4
    Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)


    Iberia - Orchestrated Arbos - Book 1:
    1. Evocación
    2. El Corpus En Sevilla
    Book 2:
    3. Triana
    Book 1:
    4. El Puerto
    Book 3:
    5. El Albaicín
    Joaquin Perez turina (1882-1949)


    Danzas Fantasticas
    1. Exaltación
    2. Ensueño
    3. Orgía


    LP5
    Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)


    Namouna, Suite No. 1
    1. PrÉlude
    2. SÉrÉnade
    3. Thème VariÉ
    4a. Parade De Foire; 4b. Fête Foraine
    Namouna, Suite No. 2
    1. Danse Marocaine
    2. Mazurka
    3. La Siesta
    4. Pas De Cymbales
    5. Danse Des Esclaves


    LP6
    Sergey Vasilyevich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)


    Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
    1. Lento - Allegro Moderato
    2. Allegro Scherzando
    3. Andante
    4. Allegro Mosso

    Various Artists
    $109.99
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  • 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
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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
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  • Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Quick View

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    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

    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 Ernest Ansermet and
    l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Ravel's complete ballet, Daphnis et ChloÉ. ''Every details of Ravel's
    masterpiece seems to speak with the full panoply of French wind coloring and an utterly idiomatic sense of
    rhapsodic ecstasy that can't be matched." (Gramophone)
    1. Introduction et danse religieuse
    2. Scène - Danse gÉnÉrale
    3. Danse grotesque de Dorcon - Scène
    4. Danse lÉgère et gracieuse de Daphnis
    5. Scène - Danse de Lyceion - Scène (Les pirates)
    6. Scène - Danse lente et mystÉrieuse
    7. Introduction
    8. Danse guerrière
    9. Scène - Danse suppliante de ChloÉ
    10. Lever du jour - Scène,
    11. Daphnis et ChloÉ miment l'aventure de Pan et Syrinx
    12. Danse gÉnÉrale
    Ernest Ansermet
    $25.99
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  • Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner) Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner)

    Some violinists enrapture their audience with their purity of tone, others with their warm timbre, or their amazing technical virtuosity. Pablo de Sarasate y NavascuÉz was one of the very few violinists who combined all these merits, and in addition was a composer in his own right. The most famous of his 50 works are Zigeunerweisen, based on traditional gypsy folklore and the fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy.



    And what better proof is there than Saint-Saëns's Rondo capriccioso that it is perfectly possible to unite high-spirited joyfulness with a minor key. As the name suggests, his Havanaise is filled with the melodies and colourful rhythms of Spain: no wonder this piece is known as "the violinists' warhorse".



    It goes without saying that these 19th-century bravura pieces are an absolute "must" for all those who wish to join the annals of great virtuoso violinists. And today, 40 years after the making of this recording, general consensus has it that Ruggiero Ricci has taken his rightful place among the great virtuosos.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Pierino Gamba (conductor)




    Recording: September 1959 at Kingsway Hall, London by Alan Reeve

    Production: James Walker





    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Ruggiero Ricci
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner)

    When the evenings grow longer, the autumn leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost calls during the night, then it is time to conjure up the magic world of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker while relaxing in front of a crackling fire.



    In this double album you will hear the delightfully varied ballet music in its entirety and not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly individual numbers, be it a dance, a march or a waltz, is enchanting with its ever varying orchestral colouring, here merry and impudent and tripping along lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigourous, even coarse.



    The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by its conductor of many years standing, Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. The DECCA team has once again proved its worth and leaves any nuts which still need to be cracked to the hi-fi equipment - the airy strings, the delicate triangles, the thrill of cymbals clashing, and the wooden clack of the castanets. And if, by an amazing coincidence, the heating should fail when you are listening to this record, there is no reason to worry - this music is guaranteed to warm the cockels of your heart and keep Jack Frost from the door.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October / November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker




    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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



    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Chacksfield Plays The Beatles' Song Book Chacksfield Plays The Beatles' Song Book Quick View

    $24.99
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    Chacksfield Plays The Beatles' Song Book

    Decca is pleased to reissue a set of nostalgic recordings on their original LP format with original artwork. Lacquers
    were cut at Abbey Road and pressed on 180gm vinyl at Optimal. Recorded with the legendary Phase 4 Sound, these vinyl reissues showcase some of the most sonically-amazing recordings ever made.
    1.Get Back
    2.Michelle
    3.Got To Get You Into My Life
    4.Yesterday
    5.Something
    6.Hey Jude
    7.A Hard Day's Night
    8.Norwegian Wood
    9.Ticket To Ride
    10.Fool On The Hill
    11.Come Together
    12.Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra
    $24.99
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  • Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner) Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner)

    Jean Sibelius (1885-1957) composed songs from the beginning almost to the end of his lifetime. Shortly before his death, he arranged the piece, which closes this album, Kom nu hit, Död, and so opened a stylistic gateway to Modernity. All the songs in this collection were composed around 1900 and are filled with Late Romantic harmony, a glorious sound and emotional feeling. The song Svatar Rosor is immersed in an alternating bath of major and minor to evoke a dramatic and tragic mood, while the wonderfully colourful Den Första Kyssen, op. 37 no. 1 depicts in music a girl's dialogue with the evening star. And with Flickan kom ... op. 37 no. 5 and Var det en dröm op. 37 no. 4, a powerful vocal drama is placed alongside a lyrical gem. Of the latter work Sibelius allegedly said: »Here you are, this is my most beautiful song!

    Without a doubt, Kirsten Flagstad is the ideal singer for this repertoire. Her highly dramatic soprano voice rises monumentally over the surging orchestral sound but dims down appropriately and effortlessly in the hushed passages. Wagnerians, Strauss lovers and fans of grand romantic gesture will thoroughly enjoy this LP.




    Musicians:



    • Kirsten Flagstad (vocal)

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)






    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. Sibelius Song Recital
    Jean Sibelius
    $34.99
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  • Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Speakers Corner)

    His symphonies are ballets, his ballets are symphonies; such has often been said about Tchaikovsky's lengthy dance compositions. This opinion is not entirely due to the fact that these works had to please the audience without being danced to after Diaghilev's legendary ballet company was dissolved. Rather more, Tchaikovsky's instrumental and incidental music is pervaded by movement and dance rhythms that act as a musical scaffolding.



    Almost as legendary as the incomparable heritage of Russian music is the reputation of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, whose recordings are famed for their lush and saturated sound colouring. Ansermet transforms the score into a veritable firework of sound, without ever straining after cheap effects by means of a thunderous sound; the strings are clean and warm in all registers, the brass volleys blare out keenly, and the percussion is dauntlessly resolute. This performance and Decca's customary excellent sound recording render great homage to this music. All the more reason to be glad that this particular Sleeping Beauty has been awakened at long last.





    Recording: March and April 1959 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker



    Format: 3LPs 33rpm



    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. The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $95.99
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  • Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot Quick View

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    Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot

    Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes


    Antole Fistoulari conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden performing Sir William Walton's Façade and Charles Alexandre Lecocq's Mamzelle Angot. Working with the Royal Ballet Orchestra in Covent Garden under Fistoulari, engineer Ken Cross and producer Michael Williamson created another Decca/RCA masterpiece. It's hard to know where to begin with a record this good. The top - the high end - of this recording is simply as well recorded as any RCA there is.


    Undeniable transparency, snap, detail and body on cymbals, bells and woodblocks. The same virtues, along with the added virtue of harmonic richness extends into the midrange. Strings are sweet, diaphanous, transparent and a bit bright, without being irritating. Brass and woodwinds - which in this piece carry much of the thematic load - are particularly well reproduced.


    Recorded in Walthamstow Assembly Hall

    Producer: Michael Williamson

    Engineer: Ken Cross


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Sir William Walton - Façade (Suites For Orchestra)
    1. Fanfare
    2. Scotch Rhapsody
    3. Valse
    4. Tango-pasadoble
    5. Swiss Yodeling Song
    6. Country Dance
    7. Polka
    8. Noche Espagnole
    9. Popular Song
    10. Old Sir Faulk
    11. Tarantella Sevillana


    Charles Alexandre Lecocq - Mamzelle Angot
    12. Act 1: No. 3 - Mazurka; No. 5 - Tempo di Marcia
    13. Act 2: No. 8 - Tempo di Gavotte; No. 11
    14. Act 3: No. 13 - Finale

    Anatole Fistoulari
    $34.99
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  • Bach Italian Concerto Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Bach Italian Concerto Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Quick View

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    Bach Italian Concerto Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Decca celebrates pianist Alfred Brendel's artistic achievements - and 85th Birthday - by presenting four iconic solo albums from the analogue era on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl pressed at optimal GmbH. Each vinyl release has been lovingly mastered from the original analogue tapes. This all-Bach release includes recordings of the Italian Concerto, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue as well as a selection of shorter keyboard works.

    1. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
    2. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
    3. Prelude (Fantasy) in A Minor, BWV 922
    4. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
    5. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
    6. Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904
    Alfred Brendel
    $25.99
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  • Mercury Living Presence Vol 3 Mercury Living Presence Vol 3 Quick View

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    Mercury Living Presence Vol 3

    MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE - The Collector's Edition Vol. 3
    LP1: Respighi: Roman Festivals; Church Windows
    Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti


    LP2: Wienerwalzer Paprika
    Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti


    LP3: Bloch: Concerti Grossi Nos. 1 & 2
    Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson


    LP4: Franck: Symphony in D Minor
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray


    LP5: Ballet For Band
    Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell


    LP6: Paray Conducts Wagner
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray

    Various Artists
    $109.99
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  • Morricone 60 Morricone 60 Quick View

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    Morricone 60

    Morricone 60 is the first album of Ennio Morricone's greatest hits conducted, recorded and curated by Morricone himself - and aims to create a legacy for his fans to enjoy. It sees the celebrated Maestro performing some of his greatest film music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (released earlier this year on Decca). The album marks Ennio Morricone's 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he's collaborated on major international movie scores.
    LP 1
    1. Once Upon A Time In The West - The Man With The Harmonica
    2. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - The Fortress
    3. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Main Theme
    4. Once Upon A Time In The West - Jill's Theme
    5. A Fistful Of Dynamite - Main Theme
    6. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - The Ecstasy Of Gold
    7. Chi Mai
    8. H2S - Main Theme
    9. Metti, Una Sera A Cena - Second Theme
    10. Croce D'Amore
    11. Once Upon a Time in America - Deborah's Theme


    LP 2
    1. The Mission - Gabriel's Oboe
    2. The Mission - Falls
    3. The Mission - On Earth As It Is In Heaven
    4. Cinema Paradiso - Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
    5. Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme
    6. Queimada - Abolisson
    7. The Hateful Eight - Stage Coach To Red Rock
    8. The Hateful Eight - Bestiality
    9. For A Few Dollars More - Main Theme
    10. Fistful Of Dollars - Titoli
    11. The Lady Caliph - La Califfa
    12. The Untouchables - Death Theme

    Ennio Morricone
    $35.99
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  • The Three-Cornered Hat (Speakers Corner) The Three-Cornered Hat (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Three-Cornered Hat (Speakers Corner)

    The very fact that Manuel de Falla composed his ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) for the ambitious impresario Serge Diaghilev and his epoch-making Ballets Russes indicates the historical importance of this work. Although the Impressionistic character of the musical language reflects his studies with Debussy, the composer never once renounces his native origins. Overflowing with the thrilling rhythms and electrifying melodies of Spanish folkmusic, this work achieved worldwide popularity virtually overnight.



    As so often before in this genre, the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet proves once again in this DECCA recording that he is a power to be reckoned with. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande executes the slightest nuance, the most exquisite of figures and gentlest lyrical tone with meticulous precision. Powerful rolls of thunder, the click of castanets, lively rhythms and rich sonority conjure up a picture of fiery Spanish temperament so tangibly before our eyes that any comment on the recording quality appears almost superfluous. In a nutshell: this record is, quite simply, incredibly good.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: February 1960 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker





    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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


    Ernest Ansermet
    $34.99
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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
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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