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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 PreludesNewly 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$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D MinorByron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor1. I Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. II Intermezzo: Adagio
3. III Finale: Alla Breve$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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.Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra / Balakirev: "Islamey" - Julius Katchen, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg So$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rachmaninov Piano ConcertoThe 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
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$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2Recorded 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
3. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio sostenuto
3. Allegro scherzando$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, 2 Pieces For 6 Hands, Morceau De FantaisieFrench 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$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 22, 2018*
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 was a huge success when originally released in 2001. HÉlène Grimaud was already a worldwide star then and is still among the top pianists in the world today. This is the first vinyl release of one of the best albums in her catalog. On this recording, Grimaud is accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy's baton.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.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. 13 Preludes Op.32 : No.12 in G sharp minor
5. 9 Etudes-tableaux Op.33 : No.1 in F minor
6. 9 Etudes-tableaux Op.33 : No.2 in C major
7. 9 Etudes-tableaux Op.33 : No.9 in C sharp minor$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The DevotionalsLimited 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
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$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IntuitionIntuition, a captivating album of short pieces for solo cello with piano or orchestra, has been conceived by Gautier Capuçon to "reflect the story of my life and follow the various stages in my emotional development". It brings together much-loved numbers by composers such as Saint-Saëns, FaurÉ, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Elgar with newer music by Astor Piazzolla, the Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima and the pianist JÉrôme Ducros, who also appears on the album.As Gautier Capuçon says: "In music, in life, communication is the essence of everything and of anything... You share something."1. MÉditation (From Thaïs)
3. Le Cygne (From Le Carnaval des animaux, R. 125) [Transc. Vidal]
4. Violoncelles, Vibrez!
5. Lasst mich allein (From 4 Lieder, Op. 82, B. 157)
6. Salut d'amour, Op. 12 (Transc. Walter)
7. Elfentanz, Op. 39 (Transc. Ludmány)
8. El cant dels ocells (Arr. Casals)
9. Variations on One String on a Theme from Rossini's Mosè in Egitto (Transc. Fournier)
10. Andante cantabile (From String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11)
11. Vocalise (From 14 Romances, Op. 34) [Transc. Leon]
12. Original Rags (Arr. Förster)
13. Silent Woods (From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68)
14. Après un rêve (From 3 Songs, Op. 7) [Transc. BÜsser]
15. Le Grand Tango$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Prokofiev For Two (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 29, 2018*
Pianists Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan have recorded two selections from Prokofiev's music for stage and screen in magnificent two-piano transcriptions by Babayan. Prokofiev for Two, set for release worldwide via Deutsche Grammophon, captures for posterity the sense of mutual inspiration felt by these kindred spirits, palpable in their live performances together. The album features Babayan's twelve-movement transcription of numbers from the ballet Romeo and Juliet and his seven-movement suite transcribed from Prokofiev's incidental music for Hamlet and Eugene Onegin, film score for The Queen of Spades and opera War and Peace.
Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan first met in Brussels in 1991 when, on a whim, he looked her up in the phonebook and, to his own surprise, found her name and telephone number listed. His call from a phone box in the city started a strong friendship that led to numerous joint appearances in Europe and America. After one performance of Rachmaninov's "Suite No.2" and other works for two pianos, Babayan told Argerich of his dream to transcribe pieces from Romeo and Juliet for their next duo date. "She was very inspired by the idea," he recalls. "It was the greatest pleasure - and an honor - to create something that we would play together." Babayan's take on Prokofiev, coupled with a suite of rarities from the composer's stage and film music, can be heard in Prokofiev for Two.
The freshly transcribed Prokofiev score received its premiere performance as part of the Martha Argerich Project at the 2013 Lugano Festival. Argerich and Babayan have since performed this work together with the revised Romeo and Juliet suite several times, most recently in concert at Stuttgart's Liederhalle last November.
Martha Argerich is already renowned for her interpretations of Prokofiev's music. The Argentine-born artist, hailed as one of the greatest pianists of all time, included the composer's turbulent "Toccata" in her Deutsche Grammophon recital debut album, recorded in 1960. She reinforced her international reputation seven years later with a landmark recording for the yellow label of Prokofiev's "Third Piano Concerto" with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado. "I have loved Prokofiev ever since I can recall," notes Argerich. "And people think he loves me too sometimes! I love the way Sergei [Babayan] plays Prokofiev and many other things. The first solo recital of his I heard was Bach's Goldberg Variations and I was incredibly impressed by it. I very much liked his proposal that we should play his transcription of Romeo and Juliet and feel very honored that he dedicated it to me."
Babayan's love for Prokofiev, like Argerich's, is deeply rooted, dating back to his childhood in Armenia and student days at the Moscow Conservatoire. Having left the USSR for the first time in 1989, he settled in the U.S. Time and again, Babayan has paid tribute to Prokofiev, playing several of his piano concertos with Valery Gergiev including at the 2015 BBC Proms in a monumental concert with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring all five of the works.
His new Prokofiev transcriptions are both dedicated to Martha Argerich. "This project happened because of my love for Prokofiev, my love for Martha and my love for the ballet Romeo and Juliet," reflects Babayan. The idea of transcribing Romeo and Juliet first arose decades ago while he was studying Prokofiev's colorful instrumentation in close detail with an orchestra. Already aware of Argerich's playing, he was further inspired after hearing a pirate recording of her 1981 Carnegie Hall performance of the "Ten Pieces Op.75" from Romeo and Juliet. "I listened and was immediately drawn to learn the cycle. But I felt that Prokofiev used chamber-like numbers for his selection of music for his transcription for solo piano. If you first became acquainted with the ballet through this piano score, you would never guess or understand the whole tragic, violent, and dark nature of the original work. Of course, the ballet contains lyrical, romantic music; music filled with humor and dance movement. But it also contains music for the "Death of Tybalt" - music of love and hate."
Believing it would be impossible for music of such powerful emotion to be conveyed by two hands, and aware of Prokofiev's own fondness for transcription, Babayan felt driven to exploit the full expressive force and tonal richness of two pianos. His created version contains what Martha Argerich, with a wry laugh, calls "difficult and demanding" technical and musical challenges. Both musicians, however, agree that transcription is "an act of love" and Babayan's experience with Romeo and Juliet soon led him to explore some of the composer's lesser-known works and create the second suite on this album. As he points out, this music will be new to most listeners. For example, only fragments of the film score for The Queen of Spades have ever been performed or recorded. He underlines its imaginative and innovative qualities, adding, "I'm sure if Prokofiev had lived longer he would have used the material for The Queen of Spades for a new movie, symphony, quartet or maybe even a piano duo. This music stayed on the shelf and it was my luck to hear it."
Prokofiev for Two is driven by the passion and power of an ideal keyboard partnership. Martha Argerich considers playing in duo with Babayan to be "a thing of alchemy - a discovery". For his part, Babayan says the experience of performing with Argerich is like joining a conversation with a divine being, one in which "you cannot be mundane or ordinary ... Martha will somehow pull out the best from you."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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 20101. Rhapsody In Blue
2. Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite
3. Good Mornin' Sistuh!
4. Concerto In F For Piano And Orchestra - Allegro
5. Adagio - Andante Con Moto
6. Allegro Agitato
7. Rialto Ripples$69.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock