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Vinyl lovers like us from Speakers Corner can lament about how difficult it can be to dig up audio treasures and enhance them to make them as fresh and new. A good mastertape and precise cutting is of prime importance, of course. But a collector's heart will also miss a beat when taking a look at the original cover. Record dealers know this only too well and demand a high price for rare original recordings, as though they were dealing in gold. The rarer the recording, the more expensive it comes. In order to close the gap between the demand for coveted LPs and the potential for speculation with such productions, we are going to re-release a number of first-class recordings by Mercury and Decca. All the titles appeared in our catalogue but were sold out years ago.

We are launching the releases with Prokoviev's educational, exciting and charming story "Peter and the Wolf" and the delightful "The Carnival of the Animals", performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Skitch Henderson (DECCA SXL 2012). Romantic Russian melodies are conjured up on their instruments by excellent balalaika players in the recording "Balalaika Favourites" - this is a recording which has achieved cult status and it is hard to find a better choice of music or performance (Mercury SR 90310). Also from Russia are the String Quartets nos. 4 and 8 by Shostakovich in an excellent performance by the Borodin Quartet (Mercury SR 90309). Ataúlfo Argenta and the legendary Orchestre de la Suisse Romande present Claude Debussy's "Images pour Orchestre", painted with expressionist sound colouring – a true highlight from Decca's archive on the London label (London CS 6013).
We dedicate three re-releases to the American pianist Byron Janis. His tightly-knit, virtuoso, emotional yet controlled interpretation of Liszt's Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2 may well remind some listeners of the expressive art of his teacher Vladimir Horowitz (Mercury SR 90329). But Janis's true genius shows itself in the fresh and fiery keyboard magic in Prokoviev's Piano Concerto no. 3 and his highly sensitive personal style in Rachmaninov's First Piano Concerto (Mercury SR 90300).

And to round off this grand musical gala, Janis offers his personal choice of "Encores", - short, deeply expressive solo encores by Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn, in which his nimble playfulness, sensitivity and a touch of irony sparkle through (Mercury SR 90305).

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