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  • Khachaturian Spartacus & Gayne Ballets (Pre-Order) Khachaturian Spartacus & Gayne Ballets (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Khachaturian Spartacus & Gayne Ballets (Pre-Order)

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) was an Armenian composer who is known principally for his Piano Concerto and the ballets Gayaneh (variously spelled Gayne and Gayan) and Spartacus.

    Khachaturian conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for this Audiophile 180g 45rpm Vinyl 2LP pressing.


    • Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    • Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    • Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl

    • Double LP

    • Pressed at RTI

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Aram Khachaturian, conductor

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    Aram Ilyich Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    1. Spartacus
    2. Gayne Ballets
    Aram Khachaturian & The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Khachaturian: The Masquerade Suite/ Kabalevsky: The Comedians Khachaturian: The Masquerade Suite/ Kabalevsky: The Comedians Quick View

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    Khachaturian: The Masquerade Suite/ Kabalevsky: The Comedians

    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 best sounding recordings in the Living Stereo catalog, especially Side Two with The Comedians.
    In 1938, Dmitri Kabalevsky provided incidental music for a play produced by the Central Children's Theater in Moscow, titled 'Inventor and Comedian.' The score is light and witty and its expressive language quite direct, as was expected in Stalin's Soviet Union at that time. But here Kabalevsky was aiming at young audiences and had good reason to write tuneful, rather simple music. The play's plot deals with a traveling group of entertainers who are more clowns than comedians.

    Two years later Kabalevsky extracted 10 numbers from the score for his suite The Comedians, which would become his most popular work, with only the overture to his opera Colas Breugnon even remotely rivaling it. His effort was quite successful in distilling the work's best moments into a 15-minute suite, which he scored for small orchestra. - All Music Guide

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    1. Khachaturian: The Masquerade Suite
    2. Kabalevsky: The Comedians
    Kiril Kondrashin
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker

    180g Audiophile Vinyl!

    Cut From The Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes At Abbey Road Studios!

    A tall imposing figure, so tall, in fact, that he often dispensed with a podium, Efrem Kurtz was a distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Kurtz had a broad symphonic and operatic repertory and conducted the premieres of works by Copland, Barber, Walton, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But he was most highly regarded for his interpretations of Russian music.

    Kurtz was a familiar name to the record collector of the 1950s and embarked upon a series of Tchaikovsky ballet recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI in 1958. HIQ has already released Swan Lake and the release The Sleeping Beauty is in preparation. Of this Nutcracker highlights Gramaphone wrote: This is probably as good a selection as could reasonably be expected.

    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.

    In the original review in The Gramophone of November 1958, R.F. remarked: The orchestral quality is superb, and the dynamic contrasts tremendous. If you can hear the opening pizzicato notes of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, the end of the Valse des Fleurs will have your neighbours banging on the wall in desperation.

    Recorded March 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producer: Peter Andry. Balance Engineer: Neville Boyling


    • Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

    • Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!

    • Superior Audiophile Pressing

    • Features Original Album Artwork

    • This recording is not otherwise generally available in any format.


    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Efrem Kurtz, conductor

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    The Nutcracker Op. 71
    Side One:
    1. Overture
    2. No. 2 - Marche • No. 3 - Petit Galop Des Enfants Et EntrÉe De Parents • No. 8 - Scène • No. 9 - Valse Des Flocons De Neige
    3. No. 12 - Divertissement; Le Chocolat; Le CafÉ

    Side Two:
    1. No. 12 - Divertissement: Le ThÉ; TrÉpak; Danse Des Mirlitons
    2. No. 13 - Valse Des Fleurs
    3. No. 14a - Pas De Deux
    4. No. 14b - Pour Le Danseur • No. 14c Pour La Danseuse • No. 14d - Coda • No. 15 - Valse Finale

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock) Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock)

    Features Gioconda De Vito On Violin And Edwin Fischer On Piano

    Gioconda De Vito was an Italian violinist born on July 22, 1907. She began formal violin lessons with an uncle, who was a professional violinist, at the age of 8. Three years later, she entered the Pesaro Conservatory. She graduated two years after that and started her career as a soloist. By age 17, she was teaching at the Conservatory in Bari. At age 25, she won an international violin competition in Vienna. She was then hired (supposedly through the influence of Mussolini) to teach at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since the Second World War interrupted her solo career, her London debut, which was very successful, didn't happen until 1948. She subsequently performed frequently in the major European venues, sometimes appearing with other important artists, including Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Rafael Kubelik, and Furtwangler. She also twice played for the Pope (Pius XII). De Vito was one of several famous female violinists of the early Twentieth Century who were quickly forgotten by the general public - Ginette Neveu and Janine Andrade were two others. In 1961, she retired from playing and virtually from the violin itself. She was then only 54 years old. Although she toured Europe and other countries (Australia, Russia, India, Israel), she never played in the U.S. A highly admired player, she was nevertheless, almost an anachronism during her career. Her repertoire was old fashioned and did not include the concertos of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartok, Barber, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Korngold, Glazunov, Berg, Walton, or Szymanowski. It is said that she was such a meticulous player, that she worked on the Brahms concerto for fifteen years before she played it in public.

    - Prone To Violins

    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78
    1. Vivace ma non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro molto moderato
    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio
    6. Un poco presto e con sentimento
    7. Presto agitato
    Gioconda De Vito
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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