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  • Sibelius -  Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    The violin had got me completely under its spell; for ten years it was my greatest wish to become a great violin virtuoso , confessed Finland's national composer Jean Sibelius in later years. Although he began a career as a violin virtuoso too late, as a composer he profited enormously from his intimate knowledge of the instrument and the possibilities it offered. This is particularly apparent in his Violin Concerto with its wonderful synthesis of virtuosic expression and technical bravura, its classical symphonic form, its outward effects and inner substance. This late-Romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most rewarding for every soloist. A specialist in the field of 19th-century bravura pieces and master of an effortless technique and suppleness, the great American violinist Ruggiero Ricci certainly possessed all the requirements for a brilliant performance of this concerto. And Øivin Fjeldstad is the perfect partner for Ricci in more ways than one in this wonderfully lively recording: thanks to his training as both a conductor and a violinist, he ensures a perfect balance between soloist and orchestra; and as a Norwegian he is, of course, completely au fait with Scandinavian repertoire, and guarantees - both here and in other recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra - a truly nordic touch.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)




    Recording: February 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank

    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.


    1. Sibelius-Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
    2. Tchaikovsky-Serenade Melancolique Op. 26
    3. Scherzo from Souvenir d'm lieu cher, Op. 42
    Oivin Fjeldstad
    $34.99
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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
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius: The Symphonies Sibelius: The Symphonies Quick View

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    Sibelius: The Symphonies

    Limited Edition


    Anthony Collins' 1952-55 Sibelius cycle with the LSO for Decca has acquired something of a cult status over the decades. It was the first collection of Sibelius' complete symphonies, performed by one orchestra & conductor. 150 years after the birth of Jean Sibelius and 60 years after the completion of this pioneering project, Decca proudly presents these recordings in a 6LP set for the very first time.

    LP1
    1. I Andante ma non troppo Allegro energico
    2. II Andante (ma non troppo lento)
    3. III Scherzo: Allegro
    4. IV Finale (quasi una fantasia)


    LP2
    1. I Allegretto Poco allegro Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo all allegro
    2. II Tempo andante ma rubato Andante sostenuto
    3. III Vivacissimo Lento e soave Largamente
    4. IV Finale: Allegro moderato


    LP3
    1. I Allegro moderato
    2. II Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
    3. III Moderato Allegro (ma non tanto)
    4. Symphony No.7 in C major, op.105


    LP4
    1. I Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
    2. II Allegro molto vivace
    3. III Il tempo largo
    4. IV Allegro
    5. Pohjola s Daughter, op.49


    LP5
    1. I Tempo molto moderato Largamente Allegro moderato
    2. II Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
    1. III Allegro molto
    2. Night Ride and Sunrise, op.55


    LP6
    1. I Allegro molto moderato
    2. II Allegretto moderato
    3. III Poco vivace
    1. IV Allegro molto
    2. II MÉlisande
    3. VII MÉlisande at the Spinning-wheel
    4. VIII Entr acte
    5. IX The Death of MÉlisande

    Anthony Collins
    $124.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    Not always do composers of instrumental works take the playability of their ideas into consideration. Jean Sibelius - himself an excellent violinist - must have been aware of the enormous challenges to the soloist, but he did not, however, envisage that the première of his violin concerto would be badly received due to the inadequacy of the violinist. That his op. 47 would become a showpiece of romantic violin repertoire is certainly not only due to the first-class soloists of our time, but also thanks to the work's broad and expressive melodies. In the short introduction of the second movement, the leaping intervals of the violin - as though from nowhere - develop into a broad symphonic dialogue with a late-romantic inflection, which is unleashed to create an emotional climax in the 20-bar main theme of the second movement. Seemingly purposely written for the nimble fingers of the world-class violinist, David Oistrakh and the evenly matched Philadelphia Orchestra present a superbly virtuosic and powerful rendering right up to the rousing finale. As an encore we hear The Swan Of Tuonela sing its tender, sublime song in a substantial solo on the cor anglais.

    Musicians:



    • David Oistrakh (violin)
    • Philiadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy



    Recording: December 1959 and January 1960 at Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia (PA)

    Production: Howard Scott



    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 emphasize 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. Allegro Moderato
    2. Adagio Di Molto
    3. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
    4. The Swan Of Tuonela, Op.22
    David Oistrakh
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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