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  • Meditation Meditation Quick View

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    Though his recordings are relatively few (especially for a major label artist), Mischa Maisky is recognized as one of the most distinguished and celebrated cellists of our time. This recital of arrangements of familiar as well as undeservedly unfamiliar classical tunes amply demonstrates why. His tone is impeccable, technique flawless, and most important he leaves the listener feeling as if they're hearing the piece in a wholly fresh new way. Joined by his long time accompanist Pavel Gililov, this is a recording all cello enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.
    Side A:

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
    Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
    1. Meditation (Ave Maria)
    George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
    2. Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 1/13, HWV 371: Larghetto
    Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632 - 1687)
    3. Gavotte en rondeau, for keyboard
    Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 - 1787)
    4. Melodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits)
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
    5. Song without Words for cello & piano in D major, Op. 109
    FrÉdÉric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
    6. Prelude for piano No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28/6, CT 171
    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
    7. Wiegenlied

    Side B:

    Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
    1. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15: No 7, TraÜmerei (Dreaming)
    Gabriel FaurÉ (1845 - 1924)
    2. Après un rêve (Dans un sommeil), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
    3. Le Cygne
    Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
    4. Habanera
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
    5. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
    Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)
    6. Liebesleid Love's Sorrow for violin & piano

    Mischa Maisky
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake-Suite From The Ballet Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake-Suite From The Ballet Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake-Suite From The Ballet

    180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios

    "A tall, imposing figure in front of an orchestra, so tall that he often dispensed with the usual conductor's podium, Efrem Kurtz had a graceful, baton-less technique that drew a fluid yet well-controlled response from the players and infused a vivid poetry into romantic music in particular. Much sought after in the music of his native Russia, and in the ballet music in which he first made his name conducting Anna Pavlova, Kurtz was a link back to the musical life of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg." So wrote most eloquently Noel Goodwin in his 1995 obituary in the Independent of the distinguished 95 years old Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin no less, and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch.

    Kurtz was a familiar name with the Philharmonia to the record collector of the 1950s and Yehudi Menuhin was in his prime. Menuhin's presence on the recording can be explained by a long tradition of celebrated violinists performing the solo violin parts of Swan Lake, from Leopold Auer at the first production to Mischa Elman for Diaghilev and contemporary with this recording, Campoli for Fistoulari.

    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 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.

    Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.

    In the original review in The Gramophone of December 1958, W.S.M. remarked: "The sound of the orchestra is extremely well defined all the way through, and the tunes are enunciated in a most dapper fashion; Kurtz really understands the style of the music..." and found Menuhin's solo violin contributions "make you sit up and listen hard, to his phrasing and expression..." and concluded that compared with rival versions, this record was "more stylish and more attractively played. Don't try to dance to it, but do listen to it."

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. a. Introduction
    b. No. 2: Valse (Act 1)
    c. No. 4: Pas de trios, Nos. 1-6 (Act 1)
    2. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 1 & 2 (Act 1)
    3. a. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 3 & 4 (Act 1)
    b. No. 10: Scene (Act 2)
    c. No. 13: Danses des cygnes Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (Act 2)
    4. a. No. 13, Danses des cygnes, No. 5 (Act 2)
    b. No. 20: Danse hongroise (Czardas) (Act 3)
    c. Danse russe (from Supplement
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