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Wagner: The Collector's EditionThe 6-LP limited edition set includes landmark performances from Jessye Norman, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Jess Thomas and more; a musthave
for the dedicated Wagner collector.
Richard Wagner was one of the most revolutionary figures in the history of music, a composer who made pivotal contributions to the development of harmony and musical drama that reverberate even today. Indeed, though Wagner occasionally produced successful music written on a relatively modest scale, opera -- the bigger, the better -- was clearly his milieu, and his aesthetic is perhaps the most grandiose that Western music has ever known. Early in his career, Wagner learned both the elements and the practical, political realities of his craft by writing a handful of operas which were unenthusiastically, even angrily, received. Beginning with Rienzi (1838-40) and The Flying Dutchman (1841), however, he enjoyed a string of successes that propelled him to immortality and changed the face of music. His monumental Ring cycle of four operas -- Das Rheingold (1853-54), Die WalkÜre (1854-56), Siegfried (1856-71) and GötterdÄmmerung (1869-74) -- remains the most ambitious and influential contribution by any composer to the opera literature. Tristan and Isolde (1857-59) is perhaps the most representative example of Wagner's musical style, which is characterized by a high degree of chromaticism, a restless, searching tonal instability, lush harmonies, and the association of specific musical elements (known as leitmotifs, the flexible manipulation of which is one of the glories of Wagner's music) with certain characters and plot points. Wagner wrote text as well as music for all his operas, which he preferred to call music dramas.
- Rovi Staff (All Music Guide)LP 1 / Wagner: Choruses
Der fliegende HollÄnder
1. Act 1 - Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer
2. Act 2 - Summ und Brumm, du gutes RÄdchen - Dann hÄlt uns lÄnger keine Pflicht (Chor der MÄdchen, Mary, Senta)
3. Act 3 - Steuermann, lass die Wacht! (nur Chor)
4. Act 2 - Freudig begrÜßen wir die edle Halle
5. Act 3 - BeglÜckt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen - Heil! Heil! Der Gnade Wunder Heil!
6. Act 1 - Seht, seht! Welch ein seltsam Wunder!
7. Act 2 - Gesegnet soll sie schreiten
8. Act 3 - Treulich gefÜhrt ziehet dahin
Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
9. Act 3 - Wacht auf! Es nahet gen den Tag - Ehrt eure deutschen Meister
10. Szene 3: Hoiho! Hoihohoho Ihr Gibichsmannen
11. Act 1 - Zum letzten Liebesmahle gerÜstet Tag fÜr Tag
LP 2 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Arias & Duets
Tristan und Isolde
1. Act 2 - Isolde! Geliebte! - Tristan! Geliebter!
Tristan und Isolde
2. Act 2 - Einsam wachend in der Nacht - O ewnge Nacht (Brangaenens Watch and Love Duet ( II))
3. Act 3 - Mild und leise wie er lÄchelt (Isoldes Liebestod) (Isolde)
LP 3 / Jess Thomas Sings Richard Wagner
Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
1. Act 1 - Fanget an!
2. Act 3 - Morgenlich leuchtend
3. Act 3 - Höchstes Vertraun hast du mir schon zu danken
4. Act 3 - In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
5. Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
6. Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn!
7. Act 5 - AllmÄcht'ger Vater, blick herab
8. Act 3 - Nur eine Waffe taugt
LP 4 / Wagner: Overtures and Preludes
TannhÄuser and the Contest of Song on the Wartburg
Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
LP 5 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Highlights
Tristan und Isolde
1. Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend
2. Act 1 - Herr Tristan trete nah - Nun lass uns SÜhne trinken
3. Act 2 - O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe - ...bald entweicht die Nacht
Tristan und Isolde
4. Act 3 - Prelude
5. Act 3 - O Wonne! Nein! - Isolde - Ha
6. Act 3 - Tod und Hölle - ...ertrinken, versinken, unbewusst, höchste Lust
LP 6 / Wagner: TannhÄuser Overture, Siegfried-Idyll, Tristan und Isolde (Excerpts)
2. Siegfried Idyll
Tristan und Isolde
3. Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend
4. Act 3 - Mild und leise wie er lÄchelt (Isoldes Liebestod)$109.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bronson SoundtrackBefore "Drive", Nicolas Winding Refn directed "Bronson". The film, starring Tom Hardy, tells the story of Charles Bronson, a young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office and eventually ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. He has become the most notorious inmate in England. "Bronson" already features elements that we associate with Nicolas Winding Refn's films, such as its pumping soundtrack. A modern "Clockwork Orange", "Bronson" features unforgettable music between the recurring electro-pop "Digital Versicolor" by Glass Candy, the menacing "The Electrician" by The Walker Brothers and music by the likes of New Order and Pet Shop Boys. Balancing this modern act, the film includes beautiful classical compositions by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and more!1. Glass Candy - 'Digital Versicolor'
2. The Walker Brothers - 'The Electrician'
3. Giuseppe Verdi - 'Via Pensiero (Chorus Of Hebrew Slaves)'
4. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - 'The Dam Busters March'
5. Eva Abraham & The Nat Franklin Trio - 'Santa Please (Come Early This Christmas)'
6. Pet Shop Boys - 'It's A Sin'
7. Ray Martin - 'Meet Mr. Callaghan'
8. Peter Radcliff & Eva Abraham - 'Superstar'
9. New Order - 'Your Silent Face'
10. Giuseppe Verdi - 'La Forza Del Destino: La Vergine Degli Angeli'
11. Richard Wagner - 'Das Rheingold: Entry Of The Gods Into Valhalla'
12. Leo Delibes - 'Lakme Act 1 - Flower Duet: "Sous Le Dome Epais"'
13. Anton Bruckner - 'Symphony No 4 In E Flat "Romantic"'$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Brahms - Hungarian Dances (Speakers Corner)
Fritz Reiner dedicated himself to the interpretation of works by modern composers such as Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and BÉla Bartók, and it suited him well to tackle works such as Brahms's Hungarian Dances and Dvorák's Slavonic Dances. These lively compositions require a conductor whose interaction with the orchestra is vivacious and animated. Reiner always demanded utmost concentration and perfection from his ensemble. Under his baton, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays with enthusiasm and without restaint; no trace of a sterile concert atmosphere is found in this recording.
Reiner's penchant for effects is not irritating, but rather adds highlights which support his highly musical interpretation, indeed one even forgets this trait when listening to the brilliant music.
From a tonal point of view, the sound is beautifully balanced and reaches the highest standards despite its recording date of 1960 - or maybe just for that reason? The recording is characterized by its brilliance, warmth and vivacity with the result that listening becomes a true musical pleasure.
- Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
- Fritz Reiner (conductor)
Recording: June 1960 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown
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.
and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Too TrueIn the summer of 2012, between tours supporting End of Daze, I
locked out the world and sat down in my apartment to write a new record
- clear view of the New York City sky through iron bars like a promise.
Like all compulsive minds, I was waiting to let the muse loose. And so
I spent the next week in a sparkling haze, and when I emerged from the
frenzy to go back on tour, indeed ten new songs came with. They were
bound together, not just by an overall sonic palette and new guitar pedal,
but by time, intention, and fervor. Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave
Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses?
Cuz I did.
Still later, in November 2012, I returned to Hollywood to record among
the lingering Pet Sounds at East West Studios, in pursuit of a bigger,
darker, more urgent sound. Sitting in the room with my favorite team of
regulars (Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner producing, Alonzo
Vargas engineering), it was easy to add some flesh to my song skeletons.
But, unfortunately, the previous year of touring had reduced my voice
to a pale spectre of its former self. I left California with the heavy burden
of an unfinished album.
Truly one of those disguised blessings though - the extra time was a
gift. These songs weren't done at all! So I recorded vocals alone in my
bedroom studio, fueled by Rainer Maria Rilke, Anais Nin, Arthur Rimbaud,
Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, Sylvia Plath; the punk poet singers
Patti Smith and Lou Reed; and finally, an unhealthy obsession with the
Surrealists' manifesto of desire.
I write this now, many months later, on the up. So much of my life has
been defined, aided, and even saved by music. Too True is my best
attempt at joining the rock'n'roll ranks, of chasing pop into the dark,
and I am as ever, humbled that you listen.
XXDD1. Cult of Love
2. Evil Blooms
3. Rimbaud Eyes
4. Are You Okay
5. Too True to Be Good
6. In the Wake of You
7. Lost Boys and Girls Club
8. Little Minx
9. Under These Hands
10. Trouble Is My Name$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chain Gang Of LoveImport
'Chain Gang Of Love', originally released in August 2003, is The Raveonettes' first full length album after they debuted with the critically acclaimed 'Whip It On' mini album in 2002.
Their sound has often been compared with that of the noisy and distorted Jesus And Mary Chain, while the Velvet Underground and even the vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers are never far away either. The most noticeable difference in sound between the debut EP, which had all songs in B-flat minor, and this album is that here all songs are in B-flat major. The result is an album drenched in an uplifting fifties and sixties sound.
Because of this wall of sound you might expect a Phil Spector production, but Sune Rose Wagner himself (one half of the Danish duo which is The Raveonettes) and Richard Gottehrer (producer for a.o. Blondie and The Go-Go's, and founder of Sire Records) were responsible for this remarkable and uplifting release.Side A
That Great Love Sound
The Love Gang
Let's Rave On
Dirty Eyes (Sex Don't Sell)
Love Can Destroy Everything
Chain Gang Of Love
The Truth About Johnny
New York Was Great$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Only In DreamsOn several levels, Dum Dum Girls second full length Only in Dreams is a great leap forward for a gifted songwriter and an equally gifted band. It's heavy, deeply personal stuff and surely unprecedented for this style of music. The first record was basically the first songs I'd ever written, says band-leader Dee Dee, and I was thinking nostalgically about being a teenager. This record, it was pretty much impossible not to write about very recent, very real things.
Very real things indeed: Dee Dee wrote Hold Your Hand immediately after her mother (the pretty lady on the cover of both the Dum Dum Girls' self-titled 2009 debut EP and their 2010 debut album I Will Be) was diagnosed with what turned out to be a fatal illness, and it's one of several songs on Only in Dreams that unsparingly trace her mom's passing. Other songs spell out the emotional toll of separation from one's lover, something Dee Dee had to deal with while she and her husband (Brandon Welchez of the acclaimed noise-pop band Crocodiles) pursued their own tour schedules.
Only in Dreams more than fulfills the promise of 2011s acclaimed and fast-selling He Gets Me High EP. It retains Dum Dum Girls' signature blend of the girl-gang eyeliner punk of the Shangri-Las, the trashy propulsion of the Cramps, and the moody atmospherics of Mazzy Star, but for the first time, all four Dum Dum Girls play and sing on the album. Now the harmonies have more depth, Jules plays her own distinctive guitar leads, and the Bambi (bass)/Sandy (drums) rhythm section powers the music like a vintage V-8 engine. Best of all, tons of time on the road, including two massively successful headlining tours, have molded Dum Dum Girls into a very formidable rock & roll band, giving the music an undeniable force.
And now that power and glory is showcased by full-on studio production, while I Will Be was recorded at home and modestly spiffed up in a studio by legendary pop maestro Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Go-Go's), Only in Dreams was recorded at Josh Homme's Pink Duck Studios, and Gottehrer again produced, this time with Sune Rose Wagner from the Raveonettes.
Only in Dreams represents a musical evolution for Dum Dum Girls and a personal one for Dee Dee, and that's no coincidence. I'm for real, she says. We all are. I'm really passionate about this, it's all I know. And maybe we've just grown up a bit, or grown out a bit. There's some weight to what we do, and a pure intent, and I think that comes across on this album.1. Always Looking
2. Bedroom Eyes
3. Just a Creep
4. In My Head
6. Caught in One
7. Coming Down
8. Wasted Away
9. Teardrops on My Pillow
10. Hold Your Hand$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now