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  • Sibelius -  Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius - Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    The violin had got me completely under its spell; for ten years it was my greatest wish to become a great violin virtuoso , confessed Finland's national composer Jean Sibelius in later years. Although he began a career as a violin virtuoso too late, as a composer he profited enormously from his intimate knowledge of the instrument and the possibilities it offered. This is particularly apparent in his Violin Concerto with its wonderful synthesis of virtuosic expression and technical bravura, its classical symphonic form, its outward effects and inner substance. This late-Romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most rewarding for every soloist. A specialist in the field of 19th-century bravura pieces and master of an effortless technique and suppleness, the great American violinist Ruggiero Ricci certainly possessed all the requirements for a brilliant performance of this concerto. And Øivin Fjeldstad is the perfect partner for Ricci in more ways than one in this wonderfully lively recording: thanks to his training as both a conductor and a violinist, he ensures a perfect balance between soloist and orchestra; and as a Norwegian he is, of course, completely au fait with Scandinavian repertoire, and guarantees - both here and in other recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra - a truly nordic touch.





    Musicians:



    • Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)




    Recording: February 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank

    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.


    1. Sibelius-Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
    2. Tchaikovsky-Serenade Melancolique Op. 26
    3. Scherzo from Souvenir d'm lieu cher, Op. 42
    Oivin Fjeldstad
    $34.99
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  • Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor Quick View

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    Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor

    Limited Edition 200 Gram LP!


    Remastered and Cut at 33 1/3 rpm by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!


    Cut from the Original 2-Track Session Tapes!


    Pressed at Quality Record Pressings & Plated by Gary Salstrom!


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


    Heifetz playing Sibelius like no other. This 3-track transfer places Heifetz in proper proportion to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Walter Hendl (filling in for an ill Fritz Reiner). Produced by the legendary Jack Pfeiffer with Lewis Layton as the engineer - it doesn't get any better than this.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Sebelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Heifetz
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  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 And Karelia Suite Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 And Karelia Suite Quick View

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 And Karelia Suite


    Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes


    Plated And Pressed On 200-gram Vinyl By Quality Record Pressings!


    Stoughton Printing Tip-on Jacket With Deluxe Linen Finish And Gold Foil Accent


    Alexander Gibson conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Large, notably transparent soundstage on this recording, in which the orchestra is set back farther than the usual Decca/RCA. Recorded by renowned Decca audio engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.


    Recorded in Kingsway Hall

    Producer: Christopher Raeburn

    Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Symphony No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 82
    1. First Movement: Tempo Molto Moderato
    2. Second Movement: Andante Mosso, Quasi Allegretto
    3. Third Movement: Conclusion - Allegro Molto
    Karelia Suite, Op. 11
    1. Intermezzo
    2. Ballade
    3. Alla Marcia
    Alexander Gibson
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    Not always do composers of instrumental works take the playability of their ideas into consideration. Jean Sibelius - himself an excellent violinist - must have been aware of the enormous challenges to the soloist, but he did not, however, envisage that the première of his violin concerto would be badly received due to the inadequacy of the violinist. That his op. 47 would become a showpiece of romantic violin repertoire is certainly not only due to the first-class soloists of our time, but also thanks to the work's broad and expressive melodies. In the short introduction of the second movement, the leaping intervals of the violin - as though from nowhere - develop into a broad symphonic dialogue with a late-romantic inflection, which is unleashed to create an emotional climax in the 20-bar main theme of the second movement. Seemingly purposely written for the nimble fingers of the world-class violinist, David Oistrakh and the evenly matched Philadelphia Orchestra present a superbly virtuosic and powerful rendering right up to the rousing finale. As an encore we hear The Swan Of Tuonela sing its tender, sublime song in a substantial solo on the cor anglais.

    Musicians:



    • David Oistrakh (violin)
    • Philiadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy



    Recording: December 1959 and January 1960 at Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia (PA)

    Production: Howard Scott



    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 emphasize 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. Allegro Moderato
    2. Adagio Di Molto
    3. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
    4. The Swan Of Tuonela, Op.22
    David Oistrakh
    $34.99
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  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Quick View

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D

    Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D
    Various Artists
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia (200 Gram) Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia (200 Gram) Quick View

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    Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia (200 Gram)

    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Mastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Willem Makee


    Deluxe Tip-On Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    An early classic for Decca/RCA engineered by none other than Kenneth Wilkinson, who became so closely identified with the Decca sound that he retired when PolyGram acquired the company in 1980. Music of Grieg & Sibelius from the late great Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra. The strings here are cool, crisp and extremely transparent with wonderful inner detail within the choirs.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. WEDDING DAY AT TROLDHAUGEN, Op. 65, No. 6
    Grieg (Arr. by Huppertz)
    2. KING CHRISTIAN II, Op. 27
    Suite for Orchestra 1 . ElÉgie 2 . Musette
    Sibelius
    3. PELLEAS AND MELISANDE, Op. 46
    Suite for Orchestra No. 7; Entr'acte
    Sibelius
    4. TWO MELODIES, Op. 63, No. 2
    Cow-Keeper's Tune; Country Dance
    Grieg
    5. Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7
    Sibelius
    6. Valse Triste from "Kuolema," Op. 44
    Sibelius
    7. TWO ELEGIAC MELODIES, Op. 34
    Heart Wounds • The Last Spring
    Grieg
    Sir Charles Mackerras
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner) Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Sibelius Song Recital (Speakers Corner)

    Jean Sibelius (1885-1957) composed songs from the beginning almost to the end of his lifetime. Shortly before his death, he arranged the piece, which closes this album, Kom nu hit, Död, and so opened a stylistic gateway to Modernity. All the songs in this collection were composed around 1900 and are filled with Late Romantic harmony, a glorious sound and emotional feeling. The song Svatar Rosor is immersed in an alternating bath of major and minor to evoke a dramatic and tragic mood, while the wonderfully colourful Den Första Kyssen, op. 37 no. 1 depicts in music a girl's dialogue with the evening star. And with Flickan kom ... op. 37 no. 5 and Var det en dröm op. 37 no. 4, a powerful vocal drama is placed alongside a lyrical gem. Of the latter work Sibelius allegedly said: »Here you are, this is my most beautiful song!

    Without a doubt, Kirsten Flagstad is the ideal singer for this repertoire. Her highly dramatic soprano voice rises monumentally over the surging orchestral sound but dims down appropriately and effortlessly in the hushed passages. Wagnerians, Strauss lovers and fans of grand romantic gesture will thoroughly enjoy this LP.




    Musicians:



    • Kirsten Flagstad (vocal)

    • Øivin Fjeldstad (conductor)






    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. Sibelius Song Recital
    Jean Sibelius
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & Greensleeves Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & Greensleeves Quick View

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    Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & Greensleeves

    Grammy®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson has captured this colorful, beloved English music in brilliant HD sound. The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten s Orchestra, received a Grammy® for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere, although the title is now unfortunately out of print.


    This release again features Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and, in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque, and Naxos. Producer David Frost won Grammy® Awards in 2005, 2009, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy®-winning titles.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
    1. Overture
    2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
    3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
    4. Entr'acte, andante
    5. Ballet and Final Tableau
    6. Fantasia on Greensleeves


    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    7-20. Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, Op. 36

    Michael Stern & The Kansas City Symphony
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  • Sibelius: The Symphonies Sibelius: The Symphonies Quick View

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    Sibelius: The Symphonies

    Limited Edition


    Anthony Collins' 1952-55 Sibelius cycle with the LSO for Decca has acquired something of a cult status over the decades. It was the first collection of Sibelius' complete symphonies, performed by one orchestra & conductor. 150 years after the birth of Jean Sibelius and 60 years after the completion of this pioneering project, Decca proudly presents these recordings in a 6LP set for the very first time.

    LP1
    1. I Andante ma non troppo Allegro energico
    2. II Andante (ma non troppo lento)
    3. III Scherzo: Allegro
    4. IV Finale (quasi una fantasia)


    LP2
    1. I Allegretto Poco allegro Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo all allegro
    2. II Tempo andante ma rubato Andante sostenuto
    3. III Vivacissimo Lento e soave Largamente
    4. IV Finale: Allegro moderato


    LP3
    1. I Allegro moderato
    2. II Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
    3. III Moderato Allegro (ma non tanto)
    4. Symphony No.7 in C major, op.105


    LP4
    1. I Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
    2. II Allegro molto vivace
    3. III Il tempo largo
    4. IV Allegro
    5. Pohjola s Daughter, op.49


    LP5
    1. I Tempo molto moderato Largamente Allegro moderato
    2. II Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
    1. III Allegro molto
    2. Night Ride and Sunrise, op.55


    LP6
    1. I Allegro molto moderato
    2. II Allegretto moderato
    3. III Poco vivace
    1. IV Allegro molto
    2. II MÉlisande
    3. VII MÉlisande at the Spinning-wheel
    4. VIII Entr acte
    5. IX The Death of MÉlisande

    Anthony Collins
    $124.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Perlman Sound The Perlman Sound Quick View

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    The Perlman Sound

    No one could deny that Itzhak Perlman holds a special place in the world of music - and no one could define it more eloquently than his old friend and colleague, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim: It is quite impossible to imagine today's violin heritage without the absolute musical genius of Perlman. The most obvious manifestation of that genius is the famous Perlman Sound - lustrous, warm and generous, its impact compounded by often astounding virtuosity; and yet Perlman makes it all look so easy. In fact, he communicates a positive joy in his playing.


    Perlman Sound is released as a primer for the deluxe 59-album boxed set Itzhak Perlman: the Complete Warner Recordings, and may be a good option for fans who don't have enough shelf space for this expansive edition. This collection explores his artistry from the finest concerto highlights (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Sibelius, The Four Seasons), to virtuoso solo and chamber repertoire (Paganini Caprice No.24, Bach Partita No.3, the MÉditation from Thaïs, Flight of the Bumblebee, Zapateado) and klezmer and jazz selections. The duo partners and conductors are some of the 20th century's biggest classical stars, many of whom count among Perlman's dearest friends and collaborators.

    1. Thais: Meditation
    2. Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
    3. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
    4. Meditation, Op. 32
    5. Russian Fantasy (arr. Kreisler)
    6. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 2 Scherzo in C Minor (Arr. Glazunov)
    7. Legende, Op 17
    8. The Old Refrain (arr. Kreisler)
    9. Schon Rosmarin
    Itzhak Perlman
    $23.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock) Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock)


    Features Gioconda De Vito On Violin And Edwin Fischer On Piano


    Gioconda De Vito was an Italian violinist born on July 22, 1907. She began formal violin lessons with an uncle, who was a professional violinist, at the age of 8. Three years later, she entered the Pesaro Conservatory. She graduated two years after that and started her career as a soloist. By age 17, she was teaching at the Conservatory in Bari. At age 25, she won an international violin competition in Vienna. She was then hired (supposedly through the influence of Mussolini) to teach at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since the Second World War interrupted her solo career, her London debut, which was very successful, didn't happen until 1948. She subsequently performed frequently in the major European venues, sometimes appearing with other important artists, including Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Rafael Kubelik, and Furtwangler. She also twice played for the Pope (Pius XII). De Vito was one of several famous female violinists of the early Twentieth Century who were quickly forgotten by the general public - Ginette Neveu and Janine Andrade were two others. In 1961, she retired from playing and virtually from the violin itself. She was then only 54 years old. Although she toured Europe and other countries (Australia, Russia, India, Israel), she never played in the U.S. A highly admired player, she was nevertheless, almost an anachronism during her career. Her repertoire was old fashioned and did not include the concertos of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartok, Barber, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Korngold, Glazunov, Berg, Walton, or Szymanowski. It is said that she was such a meticulous player, that she worked on the Brahms concerto for fifteen years before she played it in public.


    - Prone To Violins

    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78
    1. Vivace ma non troppo
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro molto moderato
    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio
    6. Un poco presto e con sentimento
    7. Presto agitato
    Gioconda De Vito
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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