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  • Henderson - Prokofiev:  Peter And The Wolf / Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (Speakers Corner) Henderson - Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Henderson - Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (Speakers Corner)

    For those who enjoy a pun, Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev's symphonic tale for children Peter and the Wolf might well be described as "beastly". And this recording makes no exception for it is, indeed, quite spectacular! Both works are introduced by the roaring and screaming of the inhabitants of London Zoo. The individual orchestral instruments are introduced during the course of the music and are commented upon by a human voice in a narrative.



    The characters and animals are each given a characteristic theme which is presented by a particular instrument or register. While Prokofiev wrote his composition with a pedagogic purpose in mind, Saint-Saëns's main aim was to create a piece of musical fun. The mischievous work not only offers a lively depiction of various animals and even hollow-sounding fossils (by means of the xylophone), but also contains numerous tongue-in-cheek references to works by great composers.



    These two musical masterpieces combine humour with education in a thoroughly fascinating and enchanting manner and are equally loved by children and adults alike. The interpretation and sound of this DECCA LP certainly earns first prize for being "beastly"!





    Musicians:



    • Beatrice Lillie

    • Animals of the London Zoo

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Skitch Henderson (conductor)




    Recording: February 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. 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.



    Henderson - Prokofiev / Saint-Saens and The London Symphony Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • A Stereo Spectacular - Saint Saens: Symphony No.3 A Stereo Spectacular - Saint Saens: Symphony No.3 Quick View

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    A Stereo Spectacular - Saint Saens: Symphony No.3

    RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!


    Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound


    Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    This performance of the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony) is a favorite Living Stereo release. To say that it is incredible might be an understatement. The original 3-track session tapes were used in mastering for the LPs and SACDS in this Analogue Productions reissue series. The record reveals all of the glory of the recording and the precision and passion of Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston's Symphony Hall. It doesn't get any better than this.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. First Movement: Adagio; Allegro moderato
    2. 1st Movement: Adagio; Allegro Moderato -Concluded
    3. 2nd Movement: Allegro moderato; Presto moestoso
    4. 2nd Movement Allegro moderato; Presto Maestoso
    Charles Munch
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 Quick View

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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1

    This key recording is being released on double LP as part of the celebration of Rostropovich - Cellist of the Century.
    LP 1
    1. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro
    2. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: II. Adagio ma non troppo


    LP 2
    1. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
    2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: Allegro non troppo
    3. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: Allegretto con moto
    4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: Allegro non troppo

    Mstislav Rostropovich
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 In C Minor - Organ Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 In C Minor - Organ Quick View

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    Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 In C Minor - Organ

    Backed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and featuring Marcel Dupre on organ, Paul Paray conducts Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3 in C minor, originally released in 1958.
    Symphony No. 3 In C Minor Op. 78


    1. Adagio - Allegro Moderato
    2. Allegro Moderato

    Marcel Dupre / Paul Paray & The Detroit Symphony
    $18.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Masterpieces Masterpieces Quick View

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    Masterpieces


    200-Gram Vinyl LP Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Kevin Gray At CoHEARent Audio


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-lamination Tip-On Jacket


    This is a gem of an audiophile record, a showcase for one of the truly great
    20th century violinists - Nathan Milstein - whose skill and instrumental
    mastery matches peers more widely and famously known: Perlman, Heifetz,
    Haendel, Menuhin, Oistrakh, Szeryng and a handful of other soloists.
    Clean copies of this album remain super desirable and regularly fetch in
    excess of $500 from collectors.


    The range of music undertaken in this collection - from the classical
    expression of Mozart to the salon civilities of Saint-Saëns - confirms
    what was served notice by Milstein's American debut with the Philadelphia
    Orchestra in 1929 - a young artist of special consequence had arrived
    among us. Here, Milstein is backed by The Concert Arts Orchestra
    conducted by Walter Susskind for this recording of violin and orchestra
    masterpieces.


    Milstein was a Russian Empire-born virtuoso violinist and American immigrant.
    It was a concert by the 11-year- old Jascha Heifetz that inspired his
    parents to make a violinist out of Milstein. At age 7, he started violin studies
    (as suggested by his parents, to keep him out of mischief) with the eminent
    violin pedagogue Pyotr Stolyarsky, also the teacher of renowned violinist
    David Oistrakh. When Milstein was 11, Leopold Auer invited him to study
    at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Milstein made his American debut in
    1929 with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He eventually
    settled in New York and became an American citizen, but toured
    repeatedly throughout Europe.


    Milstein was a technical perfectionist, obsessed with articulating each note
    perfectly. He would spend long hours working out fingerings which would
    make passages sound more articulated. He arranged many works for violin
    and wrote his own cadenzas for many concertos. As a recording artist with
    Capitol Records, his discs of recital repertoire bloomed with musical taste
    and stylistic versatility.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Mozart: Adagio, K. 261
    2. Mozart: Rondo, K. 373
    3. Beethoven: Romance In F. Op, 50
    4. Wieniawski: Legende
    5. Novacek: Perpetual Motion
    6. Stravinsky: Berceuse (The Firebird)
    7. Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
    Nathan Milstein
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Schumann / Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Schumann / Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Quick View

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    Schumann / Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos

    This LP comes from the 5xLP boxset that was released in November 2017 for the 30th anniversary of death of Jacqueline du PrÉ; it uses the 24-BIT/96kHz remastering made at Abbey Road in 2011 for Japanese SACD versions. "It is good to be reminded of du PrÉ's vivid, intense and joyful music-making", wrote Gramophone of this pairing of cello concertos by Schumann and Saint-Saëns. "[The Schumann] has that kind of spontaneous freedom of line that made her account of the Elgar so famous. Her delicacy of response in the slow movement is matched by a romantic flair which carries the outer movements along so admirably. Barenboim directs a sympathetic accompaniment, following her subtle manipulation of rubato with complete understanding."
    Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor
    1. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: I. Nicht zu schnell
    2. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: II. Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller
    3. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: III. Sehr lebhaft
    Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 In A Minor
    4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo
    5. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: II. Allegretto con moto
    6. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33: III. Un peu moins vite
    Jacqueline Du Pre
    $22.99
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  • Intuition Intuition Quick View

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    Intuition

    Intuition, 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)
    2. Encore
    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
    Gautier Capuçon
    $23.99
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  • Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner) Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Bizet - Carmen Fantasy (Speakers Corner)

    Some violinists enrapture their audience with their purity of tone, others with their warm timbre, or their amazing technical virtuosity. Pablo de Sarasate y NavascuÉz was one of the very few violinists who combined all these merits, and in addition was a composer in his own right. The most famous of his 50 works are Zigeunerweisen, based on traditional gypsy folklore and the fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy.



    And what better proof is there than Saint-Saëns's Rondo capriccioso that it is perfectly possible to unite high-spirited joyfulness with a minor key. As the name suggests, his Havanaise is filled with the melodies and colourful rhythms of Spain: no wonder this piece is known as "the violinists' warhorse".



    It goes without saying that these 19th-century bravura pieces are an absolute "must" for all those who wish to join the annals of great virtuoso violinists. And today, 40 years after the making of this recording, general consensus has it that Ruggiero Ricci has taken his rightful place among the great virtuosos.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Pierino Gamba (conductor)




    Recording: September 1959 at Kingsway Hall, London by Alan Reeve

    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.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Ruggiero Ricci
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Exotic Dances From The Opera (Out Of Stock) Exotic Dances From The Opera (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Exotic Dances From The Opera (Out Of Stock)

    Including Strauss: Dances Of The Seven Veils from Salome; Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalilah; Rabaud: Dances From Marouf. Eiji Oue / The Minnesota Orchestra. The first recordings by the Minnesota Orchestra with their dynamic new music director. This recording is one of legendary engineer Keith Johnson's very best and favorite titles.
    1. Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance Of The Tumblers From The Snow Maiden
    2. Richard Strauss: Dance Of The Seven Veils From Salome
    3. Mussorgsky: Dance Of The Persian Slaves From Khovanshchina
    4. Tchaikovsky: Hopak From Mazeppa
    5. Rabaud: Dances From Marouf, Cobbler Of Cairo
    6. Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale From Samson And Delilah
    Eiji Oue
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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