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  • Kreisleriana (Speakers Corner) Kreisleriana (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Kreisleriana (Speakers Corner)

    It is always tempting with the Kreisleriana, a portrayal of E.T.A. Hoffmann's wild, eccentric and genial Kapellmeister Kreisler, to study both the literary figure and to try to identify the characteristics of the composer Robert Schumann himself. In the eight Fantasies, as Schumann called them, we find a romantically coloured reflection of the ups and downs of life, which an artist such as Vladimir Horowitz could empathize with. Right in the very first movement furious chains of triplets »like electrical fire« (Hoffmann) seem to leap out of the keyboard. With a cool mind and extreme sensitivity Horowitz treats the extreme tempo markings such as 'very heartfelt, very agitated, very fast' with restrain, resulting in a haunting and controlled expression. The result is an effusion of gently flowing melodies and swift, pulsating movement full of spirited rhythm which heightens to nervous emotion. Rich, saturated sounds from the piano breathe life into even the quietest passages and the listener's highest expectations are totally fulfilled - as such a key work deserves. It only takes a little imagination to conjure up something of the irony and humour of the romanticist when »the music vibrates in the play of facial muscles« of the Kapellmeister Kreisler.




    Recording: February and December 1964 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio, New York, by Fred Plaut

    Production: Richard Killough




    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.

    Robert Schumann: Andantino from Sonata No. 3, Op. 14, Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - Vladimir Horowitz
    Robert Schumann
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  • Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner) Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Britten / Schumann - Cello Sonata (Speakers Corner)

    The cello has always been held in high esteem for its warm, noble timbre and range of expression. So it is no wonder that numerous solo pieces have been written for the instrument. In this recording, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, together with the great Benjamin Britten at the piano, have left the accustomed pathway to perform three less well-known - but nevertheless excellent - works from the 19th and 20th century.



    Robert Schumann's FÜnf StÜcke im Volkston allows the cellist to bring out the whole beauty of his instrument. Well-paced tempi, a crystal-clear tone, and an exquisitely precise piano part emphasize the unique character of this music - a work which points the way towards modern times.



    The mysterious tonal and harmonic world of the Impressionists is evoked by Debussy's Sonata for Piano and Cello. Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it reflects human tragedy and a feeling of oppression and anxiety.



    Britten's Cello Sonata was tailormade for Rostropovich and dedicated to the great cellist. The two musicians, both of them technical perfectionists, provide an inspired performance - beginning with the thrilling dialogue of the very first bars, via a lyrical elegy, right up to the gripping Finale in 6/8 time. To sum it up: top marks for music, tonal quality and choice of repertoire.





    Musicians:



    • Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

    • Benjamin Britten (piano)






    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.



    Mstislav Rostropovich
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  • Horowitz At Carnegie Hall Horowitz At Carnegie Hall Quick View

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    Horowitz At Carnegie Hall

    The musical rest is defined as being a pause during which no sound is heard until the next tone is sounded. And the same goes for a musician who makes a long pause, which is then ended by thundering applause from an enraptured audience. This is exactly what happened on 9 May 1965, the day on which Vladimir Horowitz stepped onto the stage at Carnegie Hall after an absence of 12 years.
    As so often, the maestro ignored all types of works from Viennese Classicism, and certainly no one missed them. Busoni's arrangement of Bach's Toccata in C major, BWV 564 is precise, has enormous presence and is yet impressively transparent; Schumann's Fantasy op. 17 is emotional, at times breathless and charming; Horowitz captures the spirit of Scriabin and Chopin with virtuosity and heartfelt emotion, allowing the works to waft over the audience.
    As a finale to this celebrated comeback, Horowitz performs a delightfully light and fresh rendering of Moszkowski's Etude in A major, op. 27, and brings the evening to a peaceful end with Schumann's unique TrÄumerei (Dreaming) from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). In this live recording of just one of several comebacks, the discerning listener will notice the tension and nervousness at this literally high-temperature event - the noisy air-conditioning had been shut at the request of the recording engineers.




    Musicians:



    • Vladimir Horowitz (piano)



    Recording: May 1965 live at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Fred Plaut
    Production: Thomas Frost



    1. J.S. Bach / Ferruccio Busoni: Organ Toccata in C major
    2. Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17; TrÄumerei (Dreaming) from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) Op. 15
    3. Alexandr Scriabin: Poem in F-sharp major, Op. 32, No. 1; Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1
    4. Frederic Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4; Etude in F major, Op. 10, No. 8; Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
    5. Claude Debussy: Serenade For the Doll (from Children's Corner)
    Vladimir Horowitz
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  • Schubert: Complete Trios For Piano And Cello (Speakers Corner) Schubert: Complete Trios For Piano And Cello (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Schubert: Complete Trios For Piano And Cello (Speakers Corner)

    Anyone who takes an interest in Schubert's late works will sooner or later come across clichÉ-like interpretations of his music that have been associated with a foreboding of his early death. Robert Schumann on the other hand was more objective when he looked at the score of Schubert's two great Piano Trios: he characterised that in E flat major as effectual, masculine and dramatic, and the sister work in B flat major as languishing, feminine and lyrical. Both masterpieces have in common highly varied movements, which must be approached with great insight, a deeply felt sustained lyricism, and a courageous approach as regards the bold themes. That this recording with the Beaux Arts Trio has taken on a benchmark status might well lie in the fact that the three musicians amalgamate romantic fire with analytical aplomb which results in Schubert pure. With their non-stop ebb and flow of melodies, wonderfully indulgent sound colouring and a fiery tour de force through the miraculously winding harmonic paths, the Beaux Arts Trio prove themselves to be among the very best of all Schubert interpreters.



    Having taken their final bow at a concert in Leipzig in September 2009 after 54 years, the time is certainly ripe for an audiophile re-release of this superb recording.





    Recording: February 1966





    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.



    1. Piano Trio In B Flat Major Sonata
    2. Piano Trio In E Flat Major Notturno
    3. Piano Trio In B Flat Major OP. 99
    4. Piano Trio In E Flat Major OP. 100
    Franz Schubert
    $69.99
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  • Bach & Schumann Bach & Schumann Quick View

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    Bach & Schumann

    Their programme comprises Bach (Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017, whose lilting opening movement became the sublime 'Erbarme dich' from St Matthew Passion), Brahms (Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. posth.) and Schumann (FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73 and the Violin Sonata No 1 in A minor, Op 105). "Working with Martha was a unique experience for me," Itzhak Perlman has said Her brilliance and the colours she uses when she plays are recognisable as soon as you hear them: it's her - nobody else sounds like that I am so excited that we were actually able to record together again." Martha Argerich is no less enthusiastic in her praise of her duo partner: "I feel so stimulated to play with Itzhak, it's really a feast - fantastic! It's a very special relationship, I am completely enchanted. it's like having a conversation You get inspired by what you hear at a particular moment. There is an interplay, a lot of things happen - it has spontaneity!"
    1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
    2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: II. Allegretto
    3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: III. Lebhaft
    4. FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
    5. FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73: II. Lebhaft, leicht
    6. FantasiestÜcke, Op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
    7. Sonatensatz in C Minor, Op. posth. FAE Sonata: Scherzo
    8. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano. Largo
    9. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro
    10. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio
    11. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: IV. Allegro
    Martha Argerich & Itzhak Perlman
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  • 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
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  • Schumann & Grieg Piano Concertos Schumann & Grieg Piano Concertos Quick View

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    Schumann & Grieg Piano Concertos

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Newly presented on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl pressings, Decca are proud to present iconic albums 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. In this classic recording, pianist Radu Lupu records the piano concertos of Schumann and Grieg and AndrÉ Previn leads the London Symphony Orchestra.

    1. Allegro affettuoso
    2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
    3. Allegro vivace
    4. Allegro molto moderato

    5. Adagio
    6. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
    Radu Lupu & The London Symphony Orchestra
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  • Schumann / Beethoven / Schubert Schumann / Beethoven / Schubert Quick View

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    Schumann / Beethoven / Schubert

    180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressing


    Blessed with a crystal-clear voice, exquisite diction and a natural lyricism, Fritz Wunderlich remains hugely admired, 50 years after his death, by fellow musicians and in his native Germany. The BBC Music Magazine placed Wunderlich among the Top 4 Tenors in the World, along with Plácido Domingo, Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.

    1. Beethoven: Adelaïde, Op.46
    2. Beethoven: Resignation, WoO149
    3. Beethoven: ZÄrtliche Liebe, WoO 123 Ich liebe dich
    4. Beethoven: Der Kuss, Op.128
    5. Schubert: Im Abendrot, D.799
    6. Schubert: An die Laute, D. 905 (Op.81/2)
    7. Schubert: Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
    8. Schubert: Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren, D.360
    9. Schubert: Der Musensohn, D.764 (Op.92/1)
    10. Schumann: 1. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    11. Schumann: 2. Aus meinen TrÄnen sprießen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    12. Schumann: 3. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    13. Schumann: 4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    14. Schumann: 5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    15. Schumann: 6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    16. Schumann: 7. Ich grolle nicht [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    17. Schumann: 8. Und wÜßten's die Blumen, die kleinen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    18. Schumann: 9. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    19. Schumann: 10. Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    20. Schumann: 11. Ein JÜngling liebt ein MÄdchen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    21. Schumann: 12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    22. Schumann: 13. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    23. Schumann: 14. AllnÄchtlich im Traume seh' ich dich [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    24. Schumann: 15. Aus alten MÄrchen winkt es [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    25. Schumann: 16. Die alten, bösen Lieder [Dichterliebe, Op.48]
    Fritz Wunderlich
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  • Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor; Weber: KonzertstÜck Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor; Weber: KonzertstÜck Quick View

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    Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor; Weber: KonzertstÜck

    In January 2016, Decca celebrated Alfred Brendel's artistic achievements by releasing his complete Philips
    recordings in a single 114 CD set for the first time.


    Now, Decca proudly presents iconic Brendel albums from the analogue era on 180g heavyweight vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at optimal GmbH, each release has been carefully mastered from original analogue sources at Abbey Road Studios. This LP includes Schumann's Piano Concerto op.54 and Weber's Konzerstuck, op.79.

    1. Allegro Affettuoso
    2. Intermezzo (Andantino Grazioso)
    3. Allegro Vivace
    Alfred Brendel
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  • Schumann and Lalo - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (Speakers Corner) Schumann and Lalo - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Schumann and Lalo - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (Speakers Corner)

    Schumann rapidly composed his Cello Concerto in only two weeks during an extremely productive creative phase. Its first performance was quite another story. Although the piece was written first and foremost for this beautiful instrument, so Schumann, no cellist showed any desire to perform the work in concert. Initially the cellist Robert Bockmhl from Frankfurt had shown interest in the piece, but then declined to play it after Schumann had refused to comply with his wishes for certain changes. This led to the unfortunate fact that Schumann did not live to see the work's premiere. Things went quite differently with Edouard Lalo, who described himself as a self-taught composer; an excellent cellist himself, Lalo could be sure that his work would be heard in the concert hall.



    Both works are connected by the pioneering attempt to establish the cello as a solo instrument in concert life in the 19th century. Right from the fifth bar of the Schumann concerto Janos Starker is able to display his mastership in the expansive main theme. He enjoys to the full the opportunities to explore the instrument's range of tone and expression, and this he does with clarity and a full tone. In the Lalo too he demonstrates his absolute virtuosity: in the lyrical passages he delights us with a melting cantabile, in the Saltarello finale he demonstrates his perspicacity and fills the triumphant writing with elegance and tonal resonance. Luckily this music has found its way to one of today's most outstanding cellists.




    Recording: July 1962 at Watford Town Hall, United Kingdom, by C. Robert Fine

    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence




    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.



    1. Robert Schumann: Concerto for cello and orchestra in A minor, op. 129
    2. Édouard Lalo: Concerto for cello and orchestra in D minor
    Janos Starker
    $34.99
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  • Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms) Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms) Quick View

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    Duo (Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms)

    Two of today's most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in
    Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between HÉlène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo
    recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration.


    This is the first time, that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project and it goes far beyond a traditional musical collaboration. Based
    on a rare understanding on many levels - musical, emotional and personal, this fresh and strong encounter does not even raise the question of who
    accompanies whom. Finding new musical insights in familiar work, HÉlène and Sol present masterpieces in new light.


    The album reprises the same programme the duo performed in Gstaad: Robert Schumann's FantasiestÜcke, Claude Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano.


    "Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists: she is a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances Her albums aren't merely proficient tours through the
    repertoire; they are highly personal explorations that can stand out among dozens of rival performances. Her strongly interpretive playing has made her
    a favorite among many conductors and reviewers." (The New Yorker). HÉlène's recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800.000 units sold altogether to date.


    Like Grimaud, in addition to performing traditional repertoire with the world's great orchestras, Sol Gabetta is a champion of new works and a passionate
    musical collaborator. Argentine-French of Russian origin, Sol is a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day,
    impressing with her intriguing, full-bodied approach and a charismatic, conquering personality.

    LP 1
    1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
    2. Lebhaft, leicht
    3. Rasch und mit Feuer
    4. Prologue (lent)
    5. SÉrÉnade (ModÉrÉment animÉ)
    6. Finale (AnimÉ)


    LP 2
    1. Allegro non troppo
    2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
    3. Allegro - Più presto
    4. Allegro non troppo
    5. Allegro
    6. Largo
    7. Allegro

    Grimaud / Gabetta
    $25.99
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  • Wiener Philharmoniker - 175th Anniversary Edition (Box Set) Wiener Philharmoniker - 175th Anniversary Edition (Box Set) Quick View

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    Wiener Philharmoniker - 175th Anniversary Edition (Box Set)

    Celebrating the Wiener Philharmoniker's 175th anniversary with a special vinyl release: A limited, numbered edition
    of 1842 sets. Includes the first release of Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 with Riccardo Muti. Schumann's Symphony
    No. 3 and Cello Concerto conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Includes three other legendary recordings: Carlos
    Kleiber's Beethoven's 7th Symphony; Claudio Abbado's Brahms' Hungarian Dances; Herbert von Karajan
    conducting Wagner Orchestral Works and Liebestod.
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    $139.99
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    Live At Carnegie Hall

    This is a dazzling recital, taped live at Carnegie Hall in November 2003--complete with applause. Lang Lang's virtuosity is almost frightening: the Liszt Reminiscenses du Don Juan is a showpiece when played normally. Here, Lang plays it to its extremes, with soft passages amazingly soft and subtly delineated and the bigger moments heaven-thundering. And it is played so fast, and so accurately (a cascade of notes in mid-La ci darem la mano sounds like a waterfall), that it leaves the listener breathless--surely just what Liszt wanted. In a Haydn sonata, Lang's classical line is impeccable, but he's not afraid to shine through the music and embellish occasionally. The Schumann Traumerei is suitably dreamy and hushed; Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy, a real crowd-pleaser, is just that--beautifully played, familiar yet fresh sounding. And an encore, with Lang's father playing a two-string fiddle called the erhu, is a fascinating look into Eastern music. There's more and it's stunning--and highly recommended for all admirers of great piano playing. --Robert Levine
    LP 1
    1. Applause
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    2. Abegg Variations, Op. 1


    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No. 50
    3. Allegro
    4. Adagio
    5. Allegro molto


    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Fantasy in C Major Wanderer
    6. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
    7. Adagio
    8. Presto
    9. Allegro


    LP 2
    Tan Dun (1957-)
    Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op. 1
    1. Missing Moon
    2. Beans
    3. Herdboy's Song
    4. Blue Nun
    5. Red Wilderness
    6. Ancient Burial
    7. Floating Clouds
    8. Sunrain


    Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
    9. Nocturne No. 8 in D flat, Op. 27 No. 2


    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    10. Reminiscences de Don Juan, S.418 (after Mozart)


    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Kinderszenen, Op. 15
    11. Traumerei


    Huang Hai Hwai, Chen Rao Xing, Shen Li Qun
    12. Horses (after pieces by Huang Hai Hwai, Chen Rao Xing and Shen Li Qun) (Arr. by Lang Lang and Lang Guo-ren)


    Franz Liszt
    13. Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat, S. 541 No. 3

    Lang Lang
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  • Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Speakers Corner) Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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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.


    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
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  • Brahms: 10 Intermezzi For Piano (Speakers Corner) Brahms: 10 Intermezzi For Piano (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms: 10 Intermezzi For Piano (Speakers Corner)

    Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi op. 76 no. 6 in A major, no. 7 in A minor; op. 116 No. 4 in E major; op. 117 no. 1 in B-flat major, no. 2 in B-flat minor, no. 3 in C-sharp minor; op. 118 no. 1 in A minor, no. 2 in A major, no. 6 in E-flat minor; op. 119 no. 1 in B minor


    If you mainly connect the name Brahms with opulent symphonies, passionate concertos and weighty piano music, you will be in for a big surprise when you listen to the Intermezzi op. 117. The music critic Eduard Hanslick talks of a more restrained, detached style and clearly means the calm, simple and immensely expressive flowing melodies, which characterize the late piano music of this Romantic composer. Just how sensitively the performer must tackle these precious miniatures is described by Clara Schumann with the words » the intellectual technique in them demands a fine comprehension and one must be very familiar with Brahms to play them as Brahms had imagined them«.


    When it comes to Brahms, Glenn Gould - famous for his analytically strict and emphatic interpretation of Bach's keyboard works - proves himself to be a true poet and thinker at the keyboard. Driven by the melancholy force, his thoughts find their way, sometimes hesitantly, then moving on with a deep breath, as it were, to the next deceleration.
    In op. 118 no. 1 the Canadian pianist begins with a passion that wrests expansive cascades of sound from the keyboard, then finds his way back to introvert mellifluous tones (op. 118 no. 2) and increases the drama in the will-o'-the-wispish and futile attempts to come to a redemptory final cadence (op. 118 no. 6). It would be hard to find a more closely-knit and intense rendering than on the present recording.


    Musicians:


    • Glenn Gould (piano)


    Recording: September and November 1960 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio, New York

    Production: J. Scianni


    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.


    1. Intermezzo In E-Flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1
    2. Intermezzo In B-Flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2
    3. Intermezzo In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 117, No. 3
    4. Intermezzo In E-Flat Minor, Op. 118, No. 6
    5. Intermezzo In E Major, Op. 116, No. 4
    6. Intermezzo In A Minor, Op. 76, No. 7
    7. Intermezzo In A Major, Op. 76, No. 6
    8. Intermezzo In B Minor, Op. 119, No. 1
    9. Intermezzo In A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
    10. Intermezzo In A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
    Glenn Gould
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    Chopin Evocations

    Daniil Trifonov releases a new double album on Deutsche Grammophon, titled Chopin Evocations. On the Polish composer, Trifonov says: "Chopin speaks to everyone in a very personal way because he evokes emotions in us."


    This new release celebrates Chopin's power to move and his influence upon other great composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Barber, and Mompou.

    LP 1: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21 Arr. By Mikhail Pletnev
    1. Maestoso (Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21)
    2. Larghetto (Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21)
    3. Allegro Vivace (Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21)
    4. Variations On 'La Ci Darem La Mano', Op. 2


    LP 2: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11 Arr. By Mikhail Pletnev
    1. Allegro Maestoso (Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11)
    2. Romance. Larghetto (Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11)
    3. Rondo. Vivace (Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11)


    LP 3
    1. 12. Chopin (Original Version)
    2. 5. Étude 'Hommage À Chopin' (Moods, Op.73)
    3. Nocturne, Op. 33
    4. 18 Pieces, Op. 72, TH 151
    15. Un Poco Di Chopin (18 Pieces, Op.72, TH 151)
    5. Rondo In C Major, Op.73
    6. Variations On A Theme By Chopin
    7. Fantaisie-Impromptu In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66

    Daniil Trifonov
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    The Scriptures

    The Scriptures is Christian Death's fifth album and is seen as an essay on comparative world religions. The liner notes state that the work is a translation of world beliefs by Valor. The album, like Atrocities, is split into two acts, though later reissues would omit these subtitles. The completion of recording on The Scriptures would see David Glass leave the group and like previous members Barry Galvin and Johann Schumann, would go on to play in Mephisto Walz.
    1. Prelude
    2. Song Of Songs
    3. Vanity
    4. The Four Horsemen
    5. 1983
    6. The Womb Of Time
    7. Omega Dawn
    8. A Ringing In Their Ears
    9. Golden Age
    10. Alpha Sunset
    11. Spilt Blood
    12. Raw War
    13. Reflections
    Christian Death
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    Atrocities

    Atrocities was Christian Death's fourth album and the first with Valor Kand taking over main duties after Rozz Williams' departure. The album's subject matter deals almost exclusively with the Holocaust including songs about Auschwitz and Josef Mengele. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales it also featured the songwriting and arrangement skills of Barry Galvin, who, along with Johann Schumann, would leave the group upon the completion of Atrocities - both went on to form Mephisto Walz.
    1. Will-O-The-Wisp
    2. Tales Of Innocence
    3. Strapping Me Down
    4. The Danzig Waltz
    5. ChimÉre De-Si De-Lá
    6. Silent Thunder
    7. Strange Fortune
    8. Ventriloquist
    9. Gloomy Sunday
    10. The Death Of Josef
    Christian Death
    $21.99
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    Tchaikovsky: Klavierkonzert

    A win at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1965, at age 24, officially put Martha Argerich on the musical map. An exciting and mercurial artist, Argerich has recorded extensively throughout a career that has encompassed works by Bach through Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók among others.



    Here, the multiple Grammy-winner and 2012 Gramophone Hall of Fame inducted Argentinian pianist performs Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor For Piano & Orchestra, Op. 23 with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as conducted by Charles Dutoit. "The very fine sound of the horns right at the start augurs well and the wonderful weight and quality of Martha Argerich's opening if chords suggest that at any rate one need have no worries about the quality of this recording...The present record is really superb. So is Argerich, giving a performance of great range and of much subtlety...Praise must go, too, to the conductor, Dutoit who accompanies excellently and with notably good phrasing." - Gramophone/1971


    Musicians:


    Chaikovsky (composer)

    Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    Martha Argerich (piano)

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


    1. 1st Movement: Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Meastoso - Allegro Con Spirito
    2. 2nd Movement: Andantino Semplice - Prestissimo
    3. 3rd Movement: Allegro Con Fuoco
    Martha Argerich
    $44.99
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