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  • R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Quick View

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    R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

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


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Richard Strauss
    Also Sprach Zarathustra
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Quick View

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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
    2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
    4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Festival

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


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Colas Breugnon, Op.24: Overture - Kabalevsky
    2. Marche slave - Tchaikovsky
    3. Prince Igor: Act III: Polovski March - Borodin
    4. A Night on Bare Mountain - Moussorgsky
    5. Marche miniature (from Suite No. 1 in D Minor, Op.43 - Tchaikovsky
    6. Russian and Ludmilla: Overture - Glinka
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/Death And Transfiguration Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/Death And Transfiguration Quick View

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    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/Death And Transfiguration

    Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Analog Tape


    200-Gram LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Fritz Reiner conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This Strauss recording uniting RCA star Fritz Reiner with the Vienna Philharmonic (one of Decca's star orchestras), was released in 1959, marking the first fruit of an agreement that in return for loaning RCA some of their artists, Decca was permitted to distribute RCA recordings throughout the U.K. and Europe. In addition, Decca agreed to record under license some of their own artists, in sessions paid for and sponsored by RCA, for release on the Red Seal label. High Fidelity, at the time of the original release, called it as fine an example as we have of Reiner's preeminent place among the living disciples of Richard Strauss.


    Recorded by Decca engineer James Brown in Vienna's Sofiensall, the sound is as tubby as a Bavarian burgher. The playing is, as advertised, first-rate.


    Producer: John Culshaw

    Engineer: James Brown


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    1. Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28 (Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche)
    2. Death And Transfiguration, Op. 24 (Tod Und Verklarung)
    Fritz Reiner
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Spain

    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 triumph with ravishing string tone, so sweet and liquid it could've been poured from a jar. Not as spectacular as the previous two titles because the (mostly) AlbÉniz compositions aren't as consistently slam-bang dynamic, though when the music heats up so do the sonic thrills. - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    This record includes Falla's Dance from the Three-Cornered Hat and La Vida Breve and Albeniz's Trina from Oberia. Transcribed for Orchestra by Arbos. Great performances and sensational sonics woofers beware!


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    Granados
    Goyescas: Intermezzo


    Falla
    La Vida Breve: Intermezzo and Dance
    Dances From 'The Three-Cornered Hat'


    Albeniz
    Iberia: Navarra
    Iberia: Fete-Dieu A Seville
    Iberia: Triana

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome Quick View

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    Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome

    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. The exceedingly rare 1s/1s pressing of this disc has been celebrated and sought after ever since Carol B. Kessler wrote her famous article in TAS on the best RCAs (she ranked the 1s/1s Pines the #3 RCA of all-time). If you don't have a 1s/1s pressing, you will doubtlessly find this remastering sensational. Since I do have a 1s/1s, I'd have to say that there are aspects of the 1s/1s that are marginally superior to the Analogue Productions reissue - and vice versa. Though beautiful, string tone doesn't seem quite as silken on the Kassem reissue as it does on the RCA original; on the other hand, the staggeringly powerful bass on The Pines of the Appian Way (replete with gong and organ) retains all of its thunder and then some on the Analogue Productions re-pressing with, once again, a fair measure of tape-like ease and authority. (As with The Reiner Sound, the base is a little murky in spots, probably the results of mic preamp overload. In any event that occasional murkiness is also present on the 1s/1s and the Classic reissue.) - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have - the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early '60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass - nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.


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    1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. Pines Near a Catacomb
    3. The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. The Pines of the Appian Way
    5. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
    6. The Triton Fountain at Morning
    7. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
    8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Reiner Sound The Reiner Sound Quick View

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    The Reiner Sound

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


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


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


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


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


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    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


    Rapsodie Espagnole
    Pavan for a Dead Princess


    Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)


    Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition Quick View

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    Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition

    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+. Once again, as good as I've heard this record sound. Gorgeous strings, superb bass, avalanche dynamics with that same tape-like ease, sensational inner detail. The authority of the CSO is really something on fortissimo tuttis, of which there are many in Pictures. - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Promenade
    2. Gnomus
    3. Il Vecchio Castella
    4. Premenade
    5. Tuileries
    6. Bydlo
    7. Promenade
    8. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
    9. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle
    10. The Market Place At Limoges
    11. Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum
    12. Con Mortuis In Lingue Mortua
    13. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
    14. The Great Gate Of Kiev
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM) Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (45 RPM)

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


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


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Sea And Sinbads Ship
    2. The Story Of The Kalender Prince
    3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
    4. Festival In Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM)

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


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


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


    Deluxe Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have - the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early '60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass - nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. Pines Near a Catacomb
    3. The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. The Pines of the Appian Way


    LP 2
    1. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
    2. The Triton Fountain at Morning
    3. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
    4. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

    Fritz Reiner
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra Quick View

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    Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra

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


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


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


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


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    1. Introduzione: Andante non troppo: Allegro vivace
    2. Giuoco delle copple: Allegretto scherzando
    3. Elegia: Andante non troppe
    4. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto
    5. Pesante: Presto
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

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


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Special one-sided Pressing of Heifetz
    2. first movement part 1 - Side 1 of 3
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

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


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


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


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


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    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto Brahms: Violin Concerto Quick View

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    Brahms: Violin Concerto

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


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


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


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


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    1. Brahms Concerto in D, op. 77
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Quick View

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    Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor

    Limited Edition 200 Gram LP!


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


    Cut from the Original 2-Track Session Tapes!


    Pressed at Quality Record Pressings & Plated by Gary Salstrom!


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


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


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    1. Sebelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Heifetz
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition (45 RPM) Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition (45 RPM) Quick View

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


    Musicians:

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Fritz Reiner, conductor


    This title is not eligible for discount.

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


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

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed 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
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale

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


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


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


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

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


    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Song Of the Nightingale

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini/ Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini/ Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain Quick View

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    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini/ Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

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


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


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


    One of the most popular and successful pieces of music written for piano. This album also has the benefit of being one of the best sounding LPs ever made. Side 2 is a very fine Nights In The Gardens Of Spain.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Sergey Rachmaninoff:
    Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43; conducted by Fritz Reiner and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


    Manuel de Falla:
    Nights In The Garden of Spain; conducted by Enrique Jorda and performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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