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  • Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos; Paganini Rhapsody Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos; Paganini Rhapsody Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos; Paganini Rhapsody


    Mastered Using 24-Bit 96khz Hi-Res Transfers From The Original Analogue Tapes At Abbey Road Studios


    The Rachmaninov Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody, performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the London
    Symphony Orchestra under the baton of AndrÉ Previn, are among the most iconic recordings in Decca's catalog.
    Now Ashkenazy's magnificent achievement returns to vinyl, in a luxurious 3LP set. Presented with original artwork
    and pressed on 180g vinyl, the LPs have been carefully mastered using 24-bit 96khz hi-res transfers from the
    original analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.

    Piano Concerto No. 4, Opus 40
    I - Allegro Vivace (Alla Breve)
    II - Largo; III - Allegro Vivace
    Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Opus 43
    Vladimir Ashkenazy / Andre Previn
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Quick View

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    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto

    The Russian pianist Svjatoslav Richter is now regarded as one of the most outstanding artists of the present day. He was born in 1915 at Zhitomir in the Ukraine, the son of a musical family of German extraction. His father, who had been trained at the Vienna Conservatoire, was a highly regarded pianist and music teacher, who also did some composing; his mother was a gifted amateur musician. The artistic atmosphere of the family house had a decisive influence on the development of the brilliant boy, who was an excellent pianist by the time he had reached the age of eight. Ten years later he gave his first piano recital in Odessa, where he worked for a time as a chorus repetiteur. At the age of 22, he went to Moscow, where he completed his training under one of Russia's foremost piano teachers, Heinrich Neuhaus. For many years, Richter confined his activities as a piano soloist to Russia and eastern Europe. In 1959, however, he traveled by way of Helsinki to western Europe, where a few recordings had already made his name a legend. His concerts in the western world were sensational successes whose repercussions were felt for months afterwards, and he celebrated his greatest triumphs of all during his tour of the U.S.A. in 1960, traveling right across the continent to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    1. Satz: Moderato

    2. Satz: Adagio sostenuto

    3. Satz: Allegro scherzando



    Six Preludes


    1. No. 12, C Major, Op. 32, No. 1

    2. No. 3, B Major, Op. 23, No. 2

    3. No. 6, g minor, Op. 23, No. 5

    4. No. 13, b minor, Op. 32, No. 2

    5. No. 5 D Major, Op. 23, No. 4

    6. No. 8 c minor, Op. 23, No. 7

    Sviatoslav Richter
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 Preludes Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 Preludes Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 Preludes

    Newly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, Decca are proud to present an iconic Mercury Living Presence album
    from the analogue era back on vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal GmbH, each release
    has been carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.


    This LP includes Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with soloist Byron Janis and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
    conducted by Antal Doráti.

    1. Moderato
    2. Adagio sostenuto
    3. Allegro scherzando
    4. Prelude in E Flat Major, Op. 23, No.6
    5. PrÉlude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2
    Byron Janis / Minneapolis Symphony / Antal Dorati
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor

    Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor
    1. I Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    2. II Intermezzo: Adagio
    3. III Finale: Alla Breve
    Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
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  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

    Recorded With Seiji Ozawa & The Boston Symphony Orchestra


    DG celebrates Krystian Zimerman's 60th birthday in December with 3 releases new release to vinyl. Original tapes remastered by EBS and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. Vivace
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro vivace


    LP 2
    1. Moderato
    2. Adagio sostenuto
    3. Allegro scherzando

    Krystian Zimerman
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, 2 Pieces For 6 Hands, Morceau De Fantaisie Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, 2 Pieces For 6 Hands, Morceau De Fantaisie Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, 2 Pieces For 6 Hands, Morceau De Fantaisie

    French star pianist Alexandre Tharaud takes on the blockbuster 'Rach 2' concerto in a thrilling performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov. It is coupled with more intimate Rachmaninov for piano six-hands (for which Alexandre is flanked by Alexander Melnikov and Aleksandar Madar) and the icing on the cake: a sublime Vocalise in the original version for voice and piano, with pure-voiced French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.


    Alexandre Tharaud's recorded catalogue is large and eclectic, but this is the first time he has devoted an entire album to Russian repertoire - specifically to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. "I was still quite young when I first played this concerto," explains Tharaud. "I adored it Rachmaninov's virtuosity really appeals to young pianists. Today, of course I'm still enthralled by the concerto's virtuosity, but now I'm more interested in its dark shadows: the sense of despair, of staring into the abyss. My interpretation of Rachmaninov has changed a lot over the years."

    1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato
    2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto
    3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando
    4. 5 morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2, PrÉlude
    5. 14 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise
    Alexandre Tharaud
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  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Balakirev: Islamey (Speakers Corner) Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Balakirev: Islamey (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Balakirev: Islamey (Speakers Corner)

    Rachmaninov's piano works, and in particular his Second Piano Concerto, have fired the enthusiasm of music lovers throughout the world. Dedicated to the psychologist Dr. Nikolai Dahl who had cured the composer of depression, the Second Piano Concerto was given its premiere in Moscow on 10 November 1901 with Rachmaninov himself at the piano and has proved itself to be one of the most successful of its genre among Russian piano repertory. The introduction itself with its powerful sequence of chords rivets the audience's attention and makes each and every listener eager to hear what is yet to come. Katchen's interpretation is particularly impressive for its austere and powerful introduction, but the lyrical passages too - superabundant in this work - are filled with a delightful, dreamy lightness. Tchaikovsky's influence, a Russian soulfulness, and a certain melancholic yearning in the opulent melodies - all are brilliantly portrayed by the pianist. And he finds an ideal partner in the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Solti proves yet again that he is a master of phrasing and interwoven part-writing; resolutely, with elegance and sharply pointed rhythm, he leads the soloist and orchestra to a brilliant finish.




    Recording: June 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth Wilkinson / Production: 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.

    Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra / Balakirev: "Islamey" - Julius Katchen, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg So
    Sir Georg Solti
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rhapsody In Blue (Limited Edition) (Out Of Stock) Rhapsody In Blue (Limited Edition) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Rhapsody In Blue (Limited Edition) (Out Of Stock)

    Double LP Stereo Edition, Limited to 496 Copies


    180 Gram Reissue, Heavy Stock Jacket


    The legacy of analysis, discussion and even controversy that for nearly a century has continued to envelop the music of George Gershwin, with its eclecticism and its amphibious nature, its mixture of classical and jazz, highbrow and lowbrow, is now re-presented and perhaps cleared up here once and for all before our eyes. An orchestra that's not merely classical, but crowned with classical glory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, one of the oldest orchestras in the world, has made this recording of Gershwin played by Stefano Bollani, a pianist with a superb jazz background, and conducted by Riccardo Chailly - a champion of 20th Century composers.


    The performance of the Concerto is the finest I have ever heard. Gershwin may have doffed his hat to Rachmaninov, Puccini and Ravel at various junctures in the score but this, as Chailly and jazz pianist Stefano Bollani are intent on reminding us, is an American Jazz Age concerto. Inhibitions are left backstage and, while all parties are alive to the smallest detail, there is an irreverence and spontaneity which capture the spirit of the work like no other. Applause, too, for the atmospheric solo trumpet (and the fourth horn's sforzandos!) in the slow movement. Catfish Row, Gershwin's own five-movement orchestral suite from Porgy and Bess (not to be confused with Robert Russell Bennett's Symphonic Suite), provides a bridge and welcome contrast between the Rhapsody and the Concerto, containing as it does some of Gershwin's darkest music.


    Rhapsody in Blue opens the disc. It's a cracking account that inhabits the same world as the Concerto and is played in GrofÉ's original jazz-band version, from which the piece always benefits. Here again, Bollani's exuberance and panache are infectious - until he can't resist rewriting bars 243-75 and, more bizarrely, improvising the 26 bars after 12 minutes, 24 seconds in, in a style reminiscent of Bill Evans. If such anachronisms as Schnabel's cadenzas to Mozart's piano concertos don't bother you, then neither will Bollani's interpolations.... That said, there is no denying the merits of this fabulous disc superbly engineered by Philip Siney - and with the best cover shot of the year. - Gramophone, January 2010

    1. Rhapsody In Blue
    2. Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite
    -Catfish Row
    -Porgy Sings
    -Fugue
    -Hurricane
    3. Good Mornin' Sistuh!
    4. Concerto In F For Piano And Orchestra - Allegro
    5. Adagio - Andante Con Moto
    6. Allegro Agitato
    7. Rialto Ripples
    George Gershwin
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • The Devotionals (Out Of Stock) The Devotionals (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    The Devotionals (Out Of Stock)

    Limited Edition Vinyl LP


    The Devotionals is Tyson Vogel from Two Gallants' solo project. Two Gallants' debut album The Throes was released in 2004 on Alive Naturalsound while the two Saddle Creek albums What The Toll Tells (2006) and Two Gallants (2007) followed. The Devotionals music is based around Tyson's guitar compositions, with Anton Patzner (Judgment Day, Bright Eyes) invigorating the musical space with his violin mastery, and they are joined by various guests and collaborators. The result is a unique combination of simplicity and raw emotion that will delight new and old fans of Two Gallants, a kind of street music with nods to Rachmaninov and John Fahey. Recorded entirely in analog.

    1. Toil and Joy
    2. Misericordia
    3. Morning Due
    4. Toil Pt.2
    5. Chest Like Expansive Wings
    6. Your Confused Beauty Upon My Cheek (Your Inhale Among My Unwashed Hair)
    7. Swell to The Invitations of The Sky (Intro)
    8. Swell to The Invitations of The Sky
    9. Heart: The Inevitable Music Box
    10. Buildings of Heart
    The Devotionals
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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