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  • Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner) Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner)

    That Mendelssohn was a genial composer and piano virtuoso is very evident in his piano concertos. Written in his youth, his first piano concerto is full of Élan and power, with grand gestures in the themes and an early masterly command of symphonic development, which is continued - though rather more subtly in the second. This music also testifies to the 22-year-old's superb command of his favourite instrument. To this day young pianists at music competitions all over the globe emulate such artistry.


    Such Olympian efforts were not for Rudolf Serkin, who approached the virtuoso works at the end of the Fifties with all the maturity of a 'grandseigneur'. With amazing accuracy and the most delicate touch he unfolds the tightly-knit music, illuminating the flowing melodies and figures with a candid, clear brightness and thereby painting a warm, romantic and colourful landscape with finely- yet firmly-drawn lines. Thanks are due to the wonderful recording technicians whose expertise has made this LP a true masterpiece.



    Musicians:



    • Rudolf Serkin and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

    • Eugene Ormandy (conductor)




    Recording: December 1957 and October 1959 at Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, by Stan Tonkel

    Production: Thomas Frost





    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. Piano Concerto No. 1 In G Minor
    I- Molto
    II- Presto
    III- Molto Allegro E Vivace


    2. Piano Concerto No. 2 In D Minor
    I- Allegro
    II- Adagio
    III- Finale

    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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  • Mendelssohn & Prokofiev Mendelssohn & Prokofiev Quick View

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    Mendelssohn & Prokofiev

    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!


    This 1958 3-track recording has Heifetz teamed up with Munch and the Boston Symphony. Cutting the lacquer directly from the original session master tapes has increased the transparency and 3-dimensional imaging on this reissue over original pressings. The performance, as always with the last century's top violinist, is almost without compare. If you have an original copy (white or shaded) you'll be shocked - this reissue has diaphonously beautiful string tone, superior low end dynamics and very deep bass.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Concerto in E Minor, op. 64 (Mendelssohn)
    2. Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 63 (Prokofieff)
    Charles Munch
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  • Tchaikovsky - Mendelssohn - Concerto for Violin (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - Mendelssohn - Concerto for Violin (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - Mendelssohn - Concerto for Violin (Speakers Corner)

    Although he has lived in the USA since 1929 and even took on American citizenship in 1942, Nathan Milstein is often referred to as perhaps the last "Russian" among all Russian violinists due to his art of playing - which is governed wholly by intellect. This does not mean that Milstein plays in an academic or cool manner; his art is thoughtful and controlled - in the very best sense of the meaning. And this should certainly not be equated with "deliberateness". On the contrary. Milstein's tremendous virtuosity, particularly in the fiendishly difficult final movements of Tchaikovsky's and Mendelssohn's concertos, takes both works to new heights. Although never a forceful presence since he employs relatively little vibrato and thus achieves a slender tone, Milstein's playing is filled with amazing assertion and luminance, and is quite fascinating for its extraordinary purity. And this is precisely what enhances his interpretation of these two great classical concertos, lending them a legendary grace, a feeling of rightness - that there is no other way. The Vienna Philharmonic with their great tradition provide support of the first order, and Claudio Abbado proves once again that he is a more than circumspect master of the baton.



    This record was part of the 3-LP Set "The Conductors" and is now available again.





    Musicians:



    • Nathan Milstein (violin)

    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Claudio Abbado (conductor)




    Recording: September 1972 and March 1973 at Musikvereinssaal, Vienna by GÜnter Hermanns

    Production: Rainer Brock




    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.



    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35


    Allegro Moderato
    Canzonetta Andante
    Finale Allegro Vivacissimo


    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64


    Allegro molto Apassionato
    Andante

    Allegretto non troppo - allegro molto vivace

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
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  • Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    Felix Mendelssohn composed the concert overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1826 while the remaining incidental music, composed for a performance of Shakespeare's famous play, was written many years later. His well known Wedding March and the other important numbers of A Midsummer Night's Dream are included in this sought-after DECCA recording.



    This composition is Mendelssohn's most important stage works and a great favourite, which explains why it is so frequently performed (especially the overture) and recorded.
    World-class musicians like the soloists Jennifer Vyvyan, Marion Lowe and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Maag, and supported by the Women's Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, give a masterly performance of this delightful work which offers an insight into Mendelssohn's early and late compositional styles.
    The quality of the performance leaves nothing to be desired and the listener is carried away to a world of dreams, not only during a summer night.





    Musicians:



    • Soloists, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    • Peter Maag (conductor)




    Recording: February 1957 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank

    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.



    1. Overture Opus 21
    2. Scherzo Opus 61 No. 1
    3. 'You Spotted Snakes' Opus 61 No. 3
    4. Intermezzo Opus 61 No. 5
    5. Nocturne Opus 61 No. 7
    6. Wedding Marche Opus 61 No. 9
    7. Dance Of The Clowns Opus 61 No. 11
    8. Finale Opus 61 No. 12
    Peter Maag with London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Quick View

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    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Otto Klemperer was very much a man of the theatre. Here, opera and drama were truly united, he said of his time at Berlin's Kroll Theatre, a progressive and influential force in the heady years of the Weimar Republic. He was also a man with a sharp sense of humour: this performance of Mendelssohn's incidental music to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream both glows with enchantment and sparkles with wit.
    1. Overture

    2. Scherzo

    3. March Of The Fairies

    4. Ye Spotted Snakes

    5. Intermezzo

    6. Nocturne

    7. Wedding March

    8. Funeral March

    9. Dance Of The Clowns

    10. Finale
    Otto Klemperer
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  • Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos Quick View

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    Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos

    Karajan took the young Anne-Sophie Mutter under his wing in the early 1980s and together they produced the of
    Mendelssohn's and Bruch's famous violin concertos. Mutter said: "Karajan taught me to find the common thread
    that runs through a score, to think the music through to its logical conclusion not simply to juxtapose notes in long
    overarching paragraphs but to place them in the service of the musical idea. This is something that has lodged in
    my memory with particular force.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
    1. Allegro molto appassionatao
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
    4. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
    5. Adagio
    6. Finale (Allegro energico)
    Anne-Sophie Mutter & Herbert Von Karajan
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  • The Perlman Sound The Perlman Sound Quick View

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    The Perlman Sound

    No one could deny that Itzhak Perlman holds a special place in the world of music - and no one could define it more eloquently than his old friend and colleague, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim: It is quite impossible to imagine today's violin heritage without the absolute musical genius of Perlman. The most obvious manifestation of that genius is the famous Perlman Sound - lustrous, warm and generous, its impact compounded by often astounding virtuosity; and yet Perlman makes it all look so easy. In fact, he communicates a positive joy in his playing.


    Perlman Sound is released as a primer for the deluxe 59-album boxed set Itzhak Perlman: the Complete Warner Recordings, and may be a good option for fans who don't have enough shelf space for this expansive edition. This collection explores his artistry from the finest concerto highlights (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Sibelius, The Four Seasons), to virtuoso solo and chamber repertoire (Paganini Caprice No.24, Bach Partita No.3, the MÉditation from Thaïs, Flight of the Bumblebee, Zapateado) and klezmer and jazz selections. The duo partners and conductors are some of the 20th century's biggest classical stars, many of whom count among Perlman's dearest friends and collaborators.

    1. Thais: Meditation
    2. Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
    3. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
    4. Meditation, Op. 32
    5. Russian Fantasy (arr. Kreisler)
    6. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 2 Scherzo in C Minor (Arr. Glazunov)
    7. Legende, Op 17
    8. The Old Refrain (arr. Kreisler)
    9. Schon Rosmarin
    Itzhak Perlman
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  • The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes Quick View

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    The Firebird & Jeu De Cartes

    Claudio Abbado is one of those rare conductors who seem to get more youthful and enquiring with age, while at the same time his music-making takes on an ever greater profundity. - Daily Telegraph, London


    Abbado has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon since 1967, amassing a discography that includes the entire symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Ravel and more than 20 complete opera recordings.


    Claudio Abbado conducting the London Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky's Firebird and Jeu De Cartes.

    Side 1:


    1. Introduction

    2. L'oiseau de feu et sa danse / The Firebird's Dance / Der Feuervogel und sein Tanz/The Firebird and its Dance

    3. Variation de l'oiseau de feu / Variation: Der Feuervogel / Variation of the Firebird

    4. Ronde des princesses /Reigen der Prinzessinnen / The Princesses' Round

    5. Danse infernale du roi Kastchei / Hollentanz des Konigs Kaschtschei / Infernal Dance of King Kastchei's

    6. Berceuse / Wiegenlied / Lullaby

    7. Finale


    Side 2:


    Jeu De Cartes / Kartenspiel / Card Game (1936) Ballet en trois donnes / Ballett in drei Runden / Ballet in Three Deals


    1. Premiere donne / Erste Runde / First Deal (Alla breve - Moderato assai - Tranquillo)

    2. Deuxieme donne / Zweite Runde / Second Deal (Alla breve - Marcia - Variazioni I-V - Coda - Marcia

    3. Troisieme donne / Dritte Runde / Third Deal (Alla breve - Valse - Presto - Tempo del principio)


    Igor Stravinsky
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  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 Quick View

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    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3

    Gustavo Dudamel's official debut concert with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein.
    1. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
    2. Vivace non troppo
    3. Adagio
    4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
    Gustavo Dudamel
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  • Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos

    Lang Lang's debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon showcased the young pianist's extraordinary gifts in celebrated recordings of Tchaikovsky's and Mendelssohn's First Piano Concertos. Mentor Daniel Barenboim led the forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. "This [album] is guaranteed to make any serious music-lover pause . . . Here is youth, freshness, force and agility, with no hint of the routine." THE TIMES OF LONDON
    1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23, Th.55
    2. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
    3. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
    4. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23, Th.55
    5. Allegro con fuoco
    6. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.25, Mwv O7
    7. Molto allegro con fuoco
    8. Andante (Side B) 9. Presto
    Lang Lang / Barenboim / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Andando El Tiempo Andando El Tiempo Quick View

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    Andando El Tiempo


    Carla Bley: Piano

    Andy Sheppard: Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone

    Steve Swallow: Bass



    Andando el Tiempo features new music of wide emotional compass by Carla Bley, and underlines her originality and resourcefulness as a jazz composer. "Saints Alive!" sets up animated conversations between the participants with striking statements from Steve Swallow's bass guitar and Andy Sheppard's soprano sax. The stately "Naked Bridges/Diving Brides" draws inspiration from Mendelssohn and the poetry of Paul Haines. And the powerful three part title composition - which addresses the trials and tribulations of recovery from addiction - moves through sorrow to hopefulness and joy. The trio with Sheppard and Swallow has been an ideal vehicle for Carla's writing for more than 20 years and also provides one of the best contexts for her unique piano playing. Like the critically lauded ECM album Trios (2012), Andando el Tiempo was recorded at Lugano's RSI Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher.

    1. Gefion
    2. Copenhagen
    3. And They All Came Marching Out of the Woods
    4. White
    5. Lyskaster
    6. Airport Poem
    7. Oktober
    8. Ending
    Carla Bley / Steve Swallow / Andy Sheppard
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