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    La Folia De La Spagna (Speakers Corner)

    First mentioned around 1500 in Portugal, no forms or melodies have come down to us for the Folia. Described by historians as a noisy dance which was performed by masked and disguised figures who leapt about as though they had lost their reason, a tranquil, sarabande-like form asserted itself in Europe in the early 17th century.



    GrÉgorio Paniagua, director of the Atrium Musicae de Madrid, demonstrates once again his virtuosity in his treatment of historical material. His arrangements are not confined to medieval and baroque instruments but also employ a whole arsenal of percussion, such as various small drums, triangle, tambourine, castanets and xylophone. As the title of the LP suggests, the ensemble adds spice to the airy variety of timbres with a small touch of madness here and there. Unbelievably, a jazz solo is heard which recalls the Pink Panther Theme, and the Orient is conjured up by two Indian tunes (ragas) in which the sitar chirps passionately to the powerful plop-plop-plop of tabla rhythms.



    With its high resolution sound which places a high demand on hi-fi equipment in order to get the best reproduction, this record is both cult and legend.




    Musicians:



    • The Atrium Musicae de Madrid conducted by Dr. Don GrÉgorio Paniagua Rodriguez




    Recording: June 1980 by Jean-François Pontefract

    Production: Eva Coutaz




    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Fons vitae/Dementia praecox angelorum Supra solmamirevt

    2. Extravagans/Laurea minima/In vitro
    3. Oratio pro-folia/Fama volat Citrus - Hesperides
    4. Principalis. Fermescens/Inica exacta Adverso flumine
    5. Parsimonia aristocraciae
    6. Subtilis/De profundis - Extra muros
    7. Vulgaris - Sine populi notione Vagula et blandula
    8. Nordica et desolata/Aurea mediocritas
    9. Nobilissima/Degradans et corruptae
    10. De pastoribus/Mathematica dies irae /Crepuscularis/Sine nomine/Tristis est anima mea/Equites fortis armaturae/Audaces fortuna juvat/Sine praeputium/Ecclesiastica
    11. Theatralis et hipocritae/Ruralis Alter indica perfecta
    12. De Tolerentia aetherea/Fuga ficta et carrus triumphalis
    Various Artists
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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