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  • From The New World From The New World Quick View

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    From The New World

    Rafael Kubelik conducts the Berlin Philharmonic for this audiophile recording of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 from The New World.


    Musicians:

    Berlin Philharmonic

    Rafael Kubelik, conductor

    Symphony No. 9 in e minor, Op. 95
    From the New World (Aus der Neuen Welt)
    1. Adagio - Allegro molto
    2. Largo
    3. Scherzo: Molto vivace
    4. Allegro con fuoco
    Antonin Dvorak
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dvorak - Symphony 5 - New World (Speakers Corner) Dvorak - Symphony 5 - New World (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Dvorak - Symphony 5 - New World (Speakers Corner)

    Dvorák's long experience with classical forms finds its culmination in his final symphony, whose first performance took place in New York in 1893. The work still enjoys an unwaning popularity thanks to its finely contoured orchestration and its original themes, all of which are based on American folksongs and negro spirituals.



    To capture Dvorák's score in sound has always proved a challenge for both orchestra and recording team. This aim has been more than fulfilled in the present recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra led by István KertÉsz: the primeval power of the weighty brass, the glorious revelling of the strings, and the lyrical solo passages are all captured here. Musicianship of the highest degree combined with audio-technical perfection lend this recording, made in the early days of stereophony, the status of an historical sound document which, despite numerous other recordings, has no reason to fear competition.





    Musicians:



    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Istvan KertÉsz (conductor)




    Recording: March 1961 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown

    Production: Ray Minshull





    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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Istvan Kertesz with Vienna Philharmonic
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 - From The New World Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 - From The New World Quick View

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    Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 - From The New World

    Backed by The London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz conducts Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 - From The New World, originally released in 1967. Presented with original artwork and pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl at Optimal.
    1. Adagio - Allegro Molto
    2. Largo
    3. Scherzo (Molto Vivace)
    4. Symphony 9 Cont. 4. Allegro Con Fuoco
    5. Othello, Op.93, B.174
    Istvan Kertesz
    $18.99
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  • Mahler - Symphony #1 (Speakers Corner) Mahler - Symphony #1 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mahler - Symphony #1 (Speakers Corner)

    "What kind of a world is this which produces such sounds and forms to portray itself?" said Mahler of his First Symphony and gave the world his answer in the music.



    What at first sounds like "endless Spring" is transformed grotesquely to become an irreal collage. Just how deceptive is this idyllic landscape through which the wayfarer wanders? Distant fanfares, furtive melodies and strange cuckoo calls disturb the seemingly peaceful depiction of Nature before the cheerful theme melody pushes to the fore. But this peace is transient too. The wayfarer begins to increase his pace, he is not the hunter but the hunted in a hostile world. This symphony neither portrays nor describes - it presents the esthetic counterpart of reality.



    In view of the recent revival of Mahler and the resultant new recordings of his works, this early DECCA recording cannot be too highly praised. The disc guarantees not only a masterly performance but sumptuous sound and transparency. The owner of this particular recording of the Titan Symphony certainly needs no other and has every right to ask, "What kind of a record is this which produces such sounds...?"



    Musicians:



    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)




    Recording: January and February 1964 at Kingsway Hall, London by Gordon Parry / 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.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Langsam, Schleppend, Wie Ein Naturlaut
    2. KrÄftig Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell
    3. Feierlich Und Gemessen, Ohne Zu Schleppen
    4. StÜrmisch Bewegt
    Gustav Mahler
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mahler - Symphony #3 (Speakers Corner) Mahler - Symphony #3 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mahler - Symphony #3 (Speakers Corner)

    "My symphony will be something the world has never heard before. The whole of Nature will be lent a voice in it and will impart such deep secrets as those one might imagine in one's dreams." Mahler's vision of music which reflects the world finds its monumental culmination in his Third Symphony. The god Pan awakes to dull drum beats and rumbling basses. From afar a lied theme feels its way to the fore. The mild season of Spring dawns with song, sounds of nature and the budding of vegetation; then at last Summer marches in, grotesquely distorted in its exuberance, expressing the dualism of the innocence of Nature and its terrifying primeval force. Only in the finale are these contrarieties united in glorious harmony - although an undercurrent of doubt is always present.



    Sir Georg Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra are absolutely ideal for performing this mammoth, highly complex, multi-layered work. With fairly brisk tempi, clearly differentiated strings, and the usual excellent brass, Solti gives a gripping performance which no Mahler fan should miss - even if already has other recordings of the work in his collection.



    Musicians:



    • The London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)





    Recording: January 1968 at Kingsway Hall, London by Gordon Parry and James Lock

    Production: David Harvey




    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet



    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.

    Gustav Mahler
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Mahler - Symphony #2 (Speakers Corner) Mahler - Symphony #2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mahler - Symphony #2 (Speakers Corner)

    The search for the extra-musical world in Gustav Mahler's philosophical and programmatic works will doubtless continue to occupy future generations of music scholars. Today's music lovers, however, are wholly satisfied with the highly varied interpretations and impressive sound reproduction - which is precisely what Mahler himself wished for his rugged works. For decades Mahler's dramatic musical masterpieces were misunderstood and scorned as "kapellmeister music". Luckily interest in his works was revived and all nine symphonies were recorded in the 1960s by the recently deceased conductor Sir Georg Solti. Right up to this very day, his cycle has clearly lost nothing of its aura, its reputation for "never having been surpassed" - how could it otherwise have been so successful for so many years in the light of all the highly competitive, more recent recordings?



    After the success of the new pressing of Mahler's First Symphony (DECCA SXL 6113), it was high time that the Resurrection-Symphony became available on LP once more. And the result is most impressive. One can only hope that the complete Mahler cycle will one day be resurrected in vinyl.



    Musicians:



    • Heather Harper

    • Helen Watts

    • London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)





    Recording : May 1966 at Kingsway Hall, London by Gordon Parry

    Production: David Harvey



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, booklet



    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.

    Gustav Mahler
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner)

    It was clear from the start that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its air of solemnity in the final chorus, which calls for brotherly love just as the New Year comes in, would become a musical part of our world's cultural legacy. Hundreds of minds, Beethoven researcher Karl Nef prophesied, have been set in motion by this music in the most varied ways, and it will continue not only to bestow pleasure upon countless thousands, but also to stimulate mental life right at the most fundamental level.



    There are certainly only a very few truly cerebral interpretations which stand out from the fathomless mass of recordings. One of those upon which "The Absolute Sound" journal has stamped its coveted seal of approval is the recording with Georg Solti and his perfectly honed symphony musicians from Chicago. Here, this usually somewhat daring baton-wielder plumbs the very depths of the score and allows Beethoven's rich abundance of ideas to ferment into a great whole.



    The four soloists prove their worth as first choice for the richly detailed and balanced synopsis of this fissured work. They captivate us as much in the solo as in the group singing with their natural and expressive intonation. The dry, very present sound highlights the fact that this is an artistic performance at the highest level.




    Musicians:



    • Pilar Lorengar, Stuart Burrows, and other soloists

    • The Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra

    • Sir Georg Solti (conductor)




    Recording: May 1972 in the Krannert Centre of the University of Illinois, Chicago, by Kenneth Wilkinson and Gordon Parry

    Production: David Harvey



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major Quick View

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    Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!


    Paul Kletzki is best remembered today for his conducting career and many recordings but less well known is his pre-war career as a composer. Born in Poland in 1900, he joined its Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of fifteen as a violinist. After serving in the First World War, he studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw before moving to Berlin in 1921 to continue his studies. During the 1920s his compositions were championed by Arturo Toscanini; and Wilhelm FurtwÄngler, who permitted Kletzki to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1925.


    Because he was Jewish, he left Nazi Germany in 1933 and moved to Italy, however due to the anti-semitism of the Italian Fascist regime he moved to the Soviet Union in 1936. He later went to live in Switzerland. From 1942 onwards Kletzki wrote no more compositions; having lost much of his family in the holocaust, Nazism had destroyed his spirit and his will to compose.


    His conducting skills then came to the fore. Kletzki was invited by EMI's Walter Legge to conduct the newly-formed Philharmonia Orchestra in London and many fine recordings were made (including this Sibelius record in early stereo) for EMI. In 1954 he was appointed chief conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and between 1958 and 1961 he was principal conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. From 1966 until 1970 he was the General Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He died in 1974.


    In the original June 1956 review M. M. of the GRAMOPHONE wrote: Kletzki makes an impetuous attack on the music which is virtually completely successful, carried along by a marvellous quality of both orchestral playing and recording... Whether it is a sweep of full-bodied tone, a biting attack, a resonant pizzicato, or a sensitive solo that is called for, it is always there; even to tunes from the basses with a distinctly above-average proportion of note to rumble. And all of it set off by a brilliant quality of recording with fine internal balance... The new Kletzki... addresses the listener directly and convincingly.


    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 at the Vinyl Factory, Hayes, using the old EMI Records presses.


    Recorded in stereo on 15 & 16 July 1955 at the Kingsway Hall, London. Produced by the legendary Walter Legge and engineered by Douglas Larter and Neville Boyling.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
    Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
    Side One:
    1. I. Allegretto
    2. II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
    Side Two:
    1. III. Vivacissimo
    2. IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)
    Paul Kletzki
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Speakers Corner)

    Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 is one of just a handful of traditional Russian works that have advanced to become a celebrated repertoire piece in the area of conflict between socialist artistic realism and conservative modernism. Although, in contrast to his colleague Shostakovich, Prokofiev toed the party line and was highly privileged, which made it very difficult to believe his later claim that his art was free of politics, his music has touched the hearts of concertgoers all over the world.


    In the present recording, the cosmopolitan Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic present the whole beauty of the melodies that unfold in the first movement with full orchestral radiance. Cheerfulness as a »hymn to free and happy Man« is given voice in the clarinet theme of the burlesque second movement with its imaginative changes. Reminiscences of the Symphonie classique appear to be intentional. In the finale, Prokofiev proves himself to be a confident master of the classical-romantic canon form, which uses the theme of the first movement and new motifs to create far more than just a melodious apotheosis. Jagged, sharp and percussive final bars round off this supreme orchestral firework, which makes great demands on every single musician.sound of America.


    Musicians:



    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Sergei Prokofiev (composer)

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: February 1966 at the Philharmonic Hall of Lincoln Center, New York

    Production: John McClure



    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.

    I. Andante
    II. Allegro Marcato
    III. Adagio
    IV. Allegro Giocoso
    Leonard Bernstein
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Imaginary Symphony - Minkowski: Les Musiciens Des Louvre The Imaginary Symphony - Minkowski: Les Musiciens Des Louvre Quick View

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    The Imaginary Symphony - Minkowski: Les Musiciens Des Louvre

    Une symphonie imaginaire is Minkowskis own collection of 17 orchestral pieces from 11 of Rameaus operas, compiled into a dramatic cycle that represents both the world of French Baroque dance music and the origins of French symphonic music. What emerges is a programme that is as dramatic as it is delightful and easily accessible!


    With this recording the musical universe of Rameau is captured in an entirely new programme concept by one of the most popular interpreters of French Baroque music. Marc Minkowski has collected about 20 orchestral pieces from 11 of Rameaus operas and has put them together into a dramatic cycle that represents both the world of French Baroque dance music and the origins of French symphonic music.

    1. Overture
    2. Scène funèbre
    3. Air tendre
    4. Premier Tambourin / Deuxième Tambourin
    5. Air tendre pour les Muses

    6. Contredanse
    7. Air gracieux
    8. Gavottes pour les Heures et les ZÉphirs
    9. Orage
    10. PrÉlude
    11. 1. La poule
    12. Musette tendre en rondeau, Tambourin en rondeau
    13. Ritournelle
    14. Rigaudons
    15. Danse des Sauvages
    16. EntrÉe de Polymnie
    17. Chaconne
    Rameau
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes Quick View

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    A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes

    NEKROMANTIX is a musical unearthing of the biggest themes from the greatest works of monster, zombie, vampire, werewolf and b-horror fiction; ripped from literature, comic book pages or classic celluloid. NEKROMANTIX chases a darkly romantic muse with an even darker humor.


    A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes broadens the NEKROMANTIX legacy with expansive ambition that never sacrifices the trio's inherent grittiness, furiously stoking and reshaping the flames of the creative vision begun in Denmark with legendary labels like Nervous Records, through the band's master classes in punk n' roll albums stateside with Hellcat Records, the label cofounded by Tim Armstrong and Brett Gurewitz.


    Armed with his signature coffn bass, chilling baritone, monstrous expressions and ten-stories-tall haircut, Kim Nekroman has earned tremendous respect, admiration and goodwill from a fiercely dedicated legion of hard-partiers, rabble-rousers, well-meaning degenerates, grease monkeys, outlaw bikers, nostalgic tastemakers and forward-thinking punks. It's a crew of supporters as diverse as the otherwise classic and timeless music the Danish-born California transplant has unleashed as leader of NEKROMANTIX.


    Nekroman has been joined by skilled guitarist Francisco Mesa for nearly a decade now, with drummer Adam Guerrero bringing a fresh injection of passionate enthusiasm to the band in 2014. A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes is a fertile proving ground for a reenergized lineup that fans of the band have already loved for two years. New songs like "Glow in the Dark," "War Bats" and "Resting Witch Face" are instant classics, standing mightily alongside the greatest NEKROMANTIX songs enduring in their set list.


    To their dedicated army of supporters around the world and across every dimension, NEKROMANTIX stands tall among the ghosts in rock n' roll's undead cemetery.

    1. Glow in the Dark
    2. NekroTopia
    3. War Bats
    4. Mind Mausoleum
    5. Cry Yourself To Sleep
    6. Cabin Fever
    7. Creeping it Real
    8. Resting Witch Face
    9. Were Coyotes of Rose Hill
    10. No More Room In Hell
    11. Ghost Babe
    Nekromantix
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mozart - Symphony #36 - Piano CTO 15 (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order) Mozart - Symphony #36 - Piano CTO 15 (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Mozart - Symphony #36 - Piano CTO 15 (Speakers Corner) (Pre-Order)

    Let us recall that great American and citizen of the world who trod every musical pathway and who held his audience riveted with unbounding energy and charisma. Whether as a composer of operas or musicals, performer, conductor or mentor, "Lenny" felt at home everywhere. And all who were privileged enough to get to know him can confirm this, whether they experienced him as a circumspect teacher who taught interested amateurs about church music, or even as a pianist bawling out hit songs in a bar.



    Quality was guaranteed with records sporting the words "Bernstein conducts ...", and no music lover ever missed adding such gems to his collection. But most recordings of Bernstein as a master of the keyboard lie buried in the archives.



    Where some musicians fail due to a lack of perspicacity or false self-judgement, Bernstein appears to take himself beyond his normal bounds in his double function as solo pianist and conductor. His interpretation of Mozart is richly nuanced but free of all romantic trimmings; his Mozart is what we have learned to value over the past few years of the present century. This recording is absolutely first class, both musically and technically, and is thus a true collector's object.



    Musicians:



    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: March 1966 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by Gordon Parry

    Production: Erik Smith





    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.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    $34.99
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  • Phase Four Stereo Concert Series (Box Set) Phase Four Stereo Concert Series (Box Set) Quick View

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    Phase Four Stereo Concert Series (Box Set)


    Limited-Edition, Numbered LP Set With A Detailed Booklet


    Original LP Front And Back Covers


    Cover Art In Style Of The 40 CD Box Set


    Lift-off Rigid LP Box


    Full-Colour Booklet


    The Pressings From Record Industries Will Be On 180 Gram Vinyl Stock


    Lacquers Cut By Sean Magee At Abbey Road Studios


    In the 1960s Decca pioneered the use of a multi 10-channel console mixer which created recordings with an unprecedented sense of spatial realism and
    movement - Phase 4 Stereo. Following in the footsteps of Decca's highly-successful label heritage sets (The Decca Sound, Mercury Living Presence),
    this generous selection of the very best of Phase 4 promises to amaze a new generation of fans.


    Two of the titles included in the set are on the TAS List - the Holy Grail of vinyl fidelity. This is a list of recordings recommended by The Absolute Sound
    magazine under the direction of Harry Pearson.


    Box Set Includes:

    Hermann: Fantasy Film World (PFS 4309)

    Rozsa: Music From Ben Hur (PFS 4394)

    Mozart: Yellow River Concerto (PFS 4299)

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (PFS 4062)

    Bizet: Carmen & L'Arlesienne Suites (PFS 4127)

    Dvorak: New World Symphony (PFS 4128)

    LP 1 - Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor "From the New World"
    1. Adagio - Allegro molto
    2. Largo
    3. Scherzo (molto vivace)
    4. Allegro con Fuoco


    LP 2 - The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Hermann
    1. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    2. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
    3. The Day the Earth Stood Still
    4. Fahrenheit 451


    LP 3 - Bizet: Carmen & L'ArlÉsienne Suites
    1. Les toreadors
    2. Aragonaise
    3. Intermezzo
    4. Les dragons d'Alcala
    5. Habanera
    6. La garde montante
    7. Danse bohème
    8. PrÉlude
    9. Minuetto
    10. Adagietto
    11. Carillon
    12. Farandole


    LP 4 - Rósza: Music from Ben Hur
    1. Fanfare To Prelude
    2. Star Of Bethlehem And Adoration Of The Magic
    3. Friendship
    4. The Burning Desert
    5. Arrius's Party
    6. Rowing Of The Galley Slaves
    7. Parade Of The Charioteers
    8. The Mother's Love
    9. Return To Judea
    10. Ring For Freedom
    11. Lepers' Search For The Christ
    12. Procession To Calvary
    13. Miracle And Finale


    LP 5 - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
    1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
    2. The Story of the Calender Prince
    3. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
    4. Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck against a rock surmounted by a bronze warrior (The Shipwreck)


    LP 6 - Yellow River Concerto; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
    1. Prelude: The Song Of The Yellow River Boatmen
    2. Ode To The Yellow River
    3. The Yellow River In Wrath
    4. Defend The Yellow River
    5. Allegro
    6. Andante
    7. Allegro vivace assai

    Various Artists
    $139.99
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  • Moody Blues: Collected Moody Blues: Collected Quick View

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    Moody Blues: Collected

    4 Page Booklet With Liner Notes And Photos

    Solid Selection Of Songs By The Band's Career, Including Go Now, Nights In White Satin, Never Comes The Day, Gypsy, I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred, I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'n Roll Band) And Many More

    The Moody Blues formed in the early 1960s in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels. They disbanded when Lodge went to college and Pinder joined the army. The pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine, band manager-turned drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964.

    It was the single, Go Now (released later that year), which launched their career. The single became a huge hit in the U.K. and landed the number 1 spot in the charts. The band soon realised that their style of R&B-derived rock and pop was not working for them and decided to develop an original new style, featuring the symphonic sounds of the mellotron and Ray Thomas' flute.

    Assigned to make a rock and roll version of Antonin Dvorák's New World Symphony, Moody Blues insisted that they be given artistic freedom and be left without supervision. The result was Days of Future Passed (1967), which combined the band's tracks with orchestral interludes arranged and conducted by Peter Knight. The album plus two singles, Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon, became substantial hits.

    Their follow-up album was In Search of the Lost Chord (1968). The album was again a big success with hits as Ride My See-Saw and Voices in the Sky. Their next album On a Threshold of a Dream (1969) featured the sensitive ballad Never Comes a Day and was their first number 1 album in the U.K.

    The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children, a concept album. It closes with the fan-favorite Watching and Waiting. To Our Children's Children's Children was also the first release of the group's own founded label, Threshold Records.

    Released in 1981, Long Distance Voyager was a success, reaching number 1 on Billboard and top 5 in the U.K. The album featured the hit, The Voice, written by Hayward.

    The remaining Moody Blues trio continues to tour and to this day the Moody Blues are one of classic rock's most enduring institutions, with world-wide sales of nearly 80 million albums and a following that continues to support the band. COLLECTED by Moody Blues is a careful selection of the distinctive sound of the band, presenting the different periods the band has gone through.

    LP 1
    1. Go Now
    2. Boulevard De La Madeleine
    3. Nights In White Satin
    4. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
    5. Voices In The Sky
    6. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
    7. Ride My See-saw
    8. Legend Of A Mind
    9. Never Comes The Day
    10. Dear Diary
    11. Gypsy (Of A Strange And Distant Time)

    12. Watching And Waiting
    13. I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred


    LP 2
    1. Candle Of Life
    2. Melancholy Man
    3. Question
    4. The Story In Your Eyes
    5. Isn't Life Strange
    6. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'n Roll Band)
    7. Emily's Song
    8. King And Queen
    9. Had To Fall In Love
    10. Driftwood
    11. The Voice

    Moody Blues
    $42.99
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    So There

    8 chamber rock songs with yMusic plus his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero


    Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to have a very successful solo career, recording multiple studio albums, a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances, a remix record, music for film and TV, as well as numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.


    In 2013, he composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra to critical acclaim. Since then, Ben has continued his global symphony performance quest, recently recording a new album that features the concerto along with a host of new songs that overlap pop and classical worlds with a fresh, exciting sound he has dubbed chamber rock.

    LP1
    1. Capable Of Anything
    2. Not A Fan
    3. So There
    4. Long Way To Go
    5. Phone In A Pool
    6.Yes Man
    7. F10-D-A
    8. I'm Not The Man


    LP2
    1. Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 1
    2. Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 2
    3. Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 3
    4. So There (Instrumental)
    5. Capable Of Anything (Instrumental)
    6. Yes Man (Instrumental)
    7. Not A Fan (Instrumental)

    Ben Folds
    $27.99
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  • Dvorak: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (Speakers Corner) Dvorak: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Dvorak: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (Speakers Corner)

    The Cello Concerto op. 104 is the last orchestral piece Dvorák wrote during his stay in America. Unlike his Ninth Symphony which borrowed folkloric themes from the New World, the charming Cello Concerto reveals Dvorák's yearning for his Bohemian homeland.



    This piece demands masterly playing and interpretation from the soloist which is enhanced by a sumptuous sound in the strings and explosive brass. Dvorák reaches back to various musical passages from the first and second movements in the finale and so illustrates his style of composition in his later works.
    Yearning for the Old World must have motivated George Szell to briefly leave his adopted home, the USA, in order to set down this late-Romantic musical gem together with the master cellist Pierre Fournier and the Berlin Philharmonic.



    The artists were obviously inspired by this favourable constellation during the recording which sets the standards for artistic quality and perfection of sound technology. Indeed, this LP is among the most successful classical productions of the Sixties. Thirty years on, this recording is just as popular as it ever was.



    Recording: June 1961 at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlinby GÜnter Hermanns / Hans Weber





    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.

    Dvorák: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
    Pierre Fournier and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by George Szell
    Georg Szell with the London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner)

    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    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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  • Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (Speakers Corner) Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 and 2 (Speakers Corner)

    As is widely known, ballet suites are the 'little sisters' of large ballet compositions that have been compiled by the composer mostly at a later date for performance in the concert hall. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet is another story however. Strangely enough, his two Suites were given their first performance before the premiere of the complete Ballet. The applause can still be heard echoing through the world of music. This music is one of the pillars of a good record collection - and with good reason! Both Suites contain a wealth of delightful melodies that are given substance by colourful harmonic writing. Just how Prokofiev can ideally sound is brought to us by Stanislaw Skrowacziewski and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. In the first Suite he lets his musicians sweep with Élan through the Burlesque, the splendour of the Love Theme is full of lyrical intensity, and rises to a forceful climax filled with sharp dissonances in Death of Tybalt.



    The Second Suite, too, is of the very highest standard, both from an artistic and recording point of view. The characteristic themes and motifs are well contoured and brought to the fore while embedded in a fresh and natural carpet of sound which is sometimes filled with immense warmth.
    It is clearly noticeable that all participants have given much time and thought to this first-rate production. And the listener will certainly enjoy giving over a good portion of his leisure time to this delightful music.




    Recording: April 1962 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, USA,

    by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart




    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.

    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski with Minneapolis Symphony
    $34.99
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  • Russian Orchestral Music Russian Orchestral Music Quick View

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    Russian Orchestral Music

    Russian Orchestal Music - Barenboim - Chicago Symphony Orchestra on 180g Import LP


    "There is no one quite like Daniel Barenboim today in the music world. General music director of the Berlin State Opera and its orchestra, the Berlin Staatskapelle; principal guest conductor at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan; formerly music director of the Chicago Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris; for years a conductor at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals; a champion of new music since the 1950s; a chamber musician who has performed with every great singer and instrumentalist in half a century, from Gregor Piatigorsky and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to his late wife, the cellist Jacqueline du PrÉ, and the bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, Mr. Barenboim was a child prodigy who remains, despite a full-time conducting career, a towering figure at the keyboard." - Michael Kimmelman, New York Times


    Here, the 2003 Grammy-winner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain, and Rimsky-Korssakoff's Russian Easter Overture and Capriccio Espagnol. 180g vinyl pressing from Clearaudio.


    "Beautiful though their melodies remain, the "Polovtsian Dances" mean less when, as here, deprived of voices. This is a very animated performance, however, with fine playing by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and first-class recording, everything being absolutely distinct in well-proportioned stereo, and with virtually no tape hiss. Stich points have even more importance than usual in items like those by Rimsky-Korsakov, which are mainly studies in orchestral colour." - Gramophone/1977


    Musicians:


    Borodin (composer)

    Rimsky-Korssakoff (composer)

    Mussorgsky (composer)

    Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra


    1. Alexander Borodin - Polovtsian Dances - from the Opera "Prince Igor"

    2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korssakoff - Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 - on Liturgical Themes for Large Orchestra

    3. Modest Mussorgsky - Night On The Bald Mountain, Op. post. - Concert Fantasy for Large ORchestra

    4. Nikolai Rimsky-Korssakoff - Capriccio espagnol op. 34

    I. Alborada: vivo e strepitoso

    II. Variazioni: Andante con moto

    III. Alborada: vivo e strepitoso

    IV. Scena e Canto gitano: Allegretto

    V. Fandango asturiano


    Daniel Barenboim
    $44.99
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  • Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig Quick View

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    Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig

    APOCALYPTICA - the ground-breaking Finnish orchestral rock group - release Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig, an epic live collaboration with the acclaimed MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, via BMG. The album's release is perfectly timed since 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of iconic German composer Richard Wagner.


    For Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig, Apocalyptica created new compositions based on Wagner's body of work and his life, teaming with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gregor Seyffert to stage a brilliant and magical, cross-genre event featuring a live concert and theatrical production.


    "We've been asked many times to do this type of project, but this is the first one we got excited about," explains Apocalyptica's Eicca Toppinen. "The mission was to celebrate Wagner, we took elements of his life and used his original music and rearranged it. It was like writing a score for a movie, I had a list of themes and I had to think about the length of scenes and write the music while envisioning Apocalyptica performing on a massive stage with the symphony, choir and one-hundred dancers."


    Since its inception, the Finnish cello-based heavy rock group Apocalyptica has been mining the classical form and structure creating compositions that are both unpredictable and unforgettable. From the METALLICA covers that turned the music scene on its ear to 2007's Worlds Collide - which saw the group collaborate with everyone from SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor to RAMMSTEIN's Till Lindemann and LACUNA COIL's Cristina Scabbia - Apocalyptica have released seven studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals and vocal-based songs. They've explored styles from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms - their music has always been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.


    - Braveworlds

    1. Signal
    2. Genesis
    3. Fight Against Monsters
    4. Stormy Wagner
    5. Flying Dutchman
    6. Lullaby
    7. Bubbles
    8. Path in Life
    9. Creation of Notes
    10. Running Love
    11. Birth Pain
    12. Ludwig - Wonderland
    13. Ludwig - Requiem
    14. Destruction
    Apocalyptica
    $22.99
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  • Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia Quick View

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    Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

    As a leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars onstage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like My Generation.


    Now, at almost 70 years old and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric Hope I die before I get old , Townshend has created a classical version of one of The Who s landmark albums Quadrophenia for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir.


    The new symphonised version of Quadrophenia, an album originally released by The Who in 1973, was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, a professional composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter in her own right and also the partner of Pete Townshend.


    It will be released by the Deutsche Grammophon label, internationally renowned for its repertoire of classical and opera music, and launched next summer with a world premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir.


    The project is the latest chapter in Townshend s lifelong mission to break the three-minute mould of the traditional pop song and take rock music to a higher artistic level. In the 1960s he defined the concept of the rock opera with Tommy, taking it a stage further with Quadrophenia.
    Conceived and written by Townshend in 1973, Quadrophenia went on to become a feature film and a theatre production, and was performed in its entirety on The Who s most recent live tour. For the last three years Townshend has worked closely with Rachel Fuller on brand-new arrangements for orchestra, soloists and choir.


    Recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2014 at London s legendary Air Studios, the new incarnation of this classic rock opera is conducted by Robert Ziegler and features popular British tenor Alfie Boe on vocals, with Townshend himself on electric guitar and performing cameo vocal roles. Townshend will reprise his roles at the live world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 5 July 2015, alongside the RPO, Ziegler, Boe and other star guests.


    The rock superstar began work on the project as part of his plan to leave a legacy of all his work arranged for orchestra as sheet music, for future generations to enjoy. Townshend hopes the new work will go on to become a regular part of the orchestral repertoire and boost attendance at classical concerts.


    A lot of major symphony orchestras are in trouble because their audience is getting old and the younger audiences prefer softer stuff, such as film soundtrack music, he explains. I think that Quadrophenia would reinvigorate their audiences and bring in people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform without lights and fireworks and a movie screen.


    Rachel Fuller, who was born in the year Quadrophenia was first released, admits she had never heard The Who s album until several years after she first met Townshend in a London recording studio, while he was rehearsing for The Who s 1996 tour of that album and she was working with Ute Lemper.


    I loved it as soon as I heard it about ten years ago, she says. For me it's been an act of love to orchestrate it for Pete. It's also been a joy to work on because it is very orchestral by nature, even as a rock album, so it was very easy to arrange for an orchestra. And I've remained really faithful to the original tracks because he's the composer and I want to honour his work.

    1. I Am The Sea
    2. The Real Me
    3. Quadrophenia
    4. Cut My Hair
    5. The Punk And The Godfather
    6. I'm One
    7. The Dirty Jobs
    8. Helpless Dancer
    9. Is It In My Head?
    10. I've Had Enough
    11. 5:15
    12. Sea And Sand
    13. Drowned
    14. Bell Boy
    15. Doctor Jimmy
    16. The Rock
    17. Love Reign O'er Me
    Pete Townshend
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    Center Stage (200 Gram Vinyl)

    200-Gram Vinyl Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Lowell Graham Conducts The National Symphonic Winds


    Recorded To 2-Track, Half-Inch 30 Inch-Per-Second Tape Via Modified Studer Tape Deck


    Selections From The Stage, Screen And Olympic Fanfare


    New from Wilson Audiophile Recordings, Center Stage, featuring Lowell Graham conducting the National Symphonic Winds


    These recordings were made in a historic concert hall on the campus of Hampton University in Hampton Roads, Va. The history of the hall parallels somewhat New York's Carnegie Hall. The musicians in the National Symphonic Winds come from the premier military bands of the United States as well as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The result was a superb mix of seasoned and assured professionals for this single, five-hour recording session.


    Lowell Graham, a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, was also the first to be awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Catholic University of America. He has led orchestras and bands in performances throughout the world, and he's the current conductor and commander of the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band.


    Recorded with minimal miking (Sennheiser), directly to 2-track half-inch, 30 ips tape using arguably the finest 2-track analog recorder in the world - the Wilson Ultramaster - a highly-modified Studer tape deck with custom-designed electronics designed by John Curl. To accomplish this difficult, time pressure recording, the recording engineering skills of the renowned Bruce Leek were employed.


    The extreme dynamic range of the music remains intact as well as the soundstage and timbre of the ensemble remaining completely natural. There is no added enhancement to the concert hall's natural reverberation. When raising the volume, be careful as these real world dynamics can be harmful to playback equipment if care is not taken.


    The musical repertoire was chosen to be user-friendly, vivid, colorful and impactful. Selections from Tony-winning stage classics Barnum, West Side Story and Oklahoma are joined by compositions from John Williams, including Olympic Fanfare composed for the 1984 Olympic Games. Selections from the Walt Disney favorite Mary Poppins include Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cheree and more. These significant recordings hold a distinctive place in the audio and musical world.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Olympic Fanfare, Bugler's Dream
    2. The Cowboys (arr. J. Curnow for wind ensemble)
    3. Oklahoma! (excerpts) (arr. W. Barker for wind ensemble)
    4. Barnum (excerpts) (arr. B. Lowden for wind ensemble)
    5. Mary Poppins (excerpts) (arr. I. Kostal and A. Reed for wind ensemble)
    6. West Side Story (excerpts) (arr. W.J. Duthoit for wind band)
    Lowell Graham & National Symphonic Winds
    $39.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The 2nd Law

    Muse didn't set out to make the most gloriously ambitious album of their career. How could they have? The band who dreamt up Supermassive Black Hole, Knights Of Cydonia and the three-part Exogenesis symphony were already well-versed in going One Louder. Any wilder, any further out there, and Muse would risk incineration by a dwarf star of their own making.


    But you don't become one of the biggest bands on this planet - in excess of 15 million albums sales worldwide, 5 MTV Europe Awards, 2 Brit Awards, 8 NME Awards, 5 Q Awards, 4 Kerrang Awards and winner of the Best Rock Album Grammy 2011; No 1 in 19 countries with 2009's The Resistance; filler of arena and stadia across the world - by sitting on your hands.


    So when Muse approached the making of their sixth studio album, they wouldn't stint on the choirs, strings and horn sections. And be reassured: guitar-shredding, piano-thumping, orchestra-arranging, book-chewing, big-thinking Matt Bellamy, as the band's chief songwriter, didn't lower his sights from The Big Picture nor ignore The Precious Details. And nor were the trio afraid of giving space to a brilliant new element to their sound - songs written and sung by bass player Chris Wolstenholme.


    But what the Devon-born band of schoolfriends did do different was this: they made things easy for themselves. For the first time since the dawn of their career in smalltown England 18 years ago, all three members were living in the same place during the making of an album. Domiciled in and around London, they block-booked a recording studio - Air - and came and went as they pleased.


    This time, the only clock Muse had to beat was their own internal band rhythm. They had the days and weeks and space to experiment, explore ideas, rig up massive in-studio PA systems, hire in remixers, play with pedals, and (technical term alert!) fanny around to their hearts' content.

    1. Supremacy
    2. Madness
    3. Panic Station
    4. Prelude
    5. Survival
    6. Follow Me
    7. Animals
    8. Explorers
    9. Big Freeze
    10. Save Me
    11. Liquid State
    12. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
    13. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
    Muse
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Speakers Corner)

    Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Song Of Destiny / Gustav Mahler: Songs Of A Wayfarer


    The Alto Rhapsody, Song Of Destiny and Song Of A Wayfarer. Each of these three vocal compositions is unique in its expression and construction, yet the frayed emotional worlds of all three works are connected by a multitude of fine threads. The Alto Rhapsody, which Brahms wrote as a wedding gift for Clara Schumann's daughter Julie, in whom he was himself in love, demonstrates with almost Wagnerian weight the anger that the disappointed Brahms must have felt while composing. The Song Of Destiny too, with its sonorous E major waves of harmony, soon announces in C minor the finiteness of existence as Hölderin's poem demands. That finally a hopeful, conciliatory - though unsure - moment lingers is reflected in the musical means. Many emotions and vagaries are emulated in Mahler's song cycle. The journeyman sets off on his wanderings in order to forget his unhappy liaison and strides through the ups and downs of mixed emotions and painful heartache. Drumrolls and march rhythms reflect the real world and sounds of nature, dissonances and a change between major and minor keys show the way from dreams, reality and feelings. The recording with Mildred Miller and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under Bruno Walter has achieved reference status and is sure of a place in the TAS Super LP List given out by The Absolute Sound.

    Musicians:


      Mildred Miller (vocals)
    • The Occidential College Concert Choir and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
    • Bruno Walter (conductor)



    Recording: June 1960 and January 1961 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood

    Production: John McClure



    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.

    Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
    Brahms: Song Of Destiny, Op. 54
    Songs Of A Wayfarer (Leider Eines Fahrenden Gesellen)
    I. Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit
    II. Ging Heut' Morgen Über's Feld
    III. Ich Hab' Ein GlÜhend' Messer
    IV. Die Zwei Blauen Augen
    Bruno Walter
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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