• ERC038 John Coltrane - Coltrane

    ERC038 John Coltrane - Coltrane

    A formidable line-up was assembled for this self-titled debut and was recorded in late May at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. As well as featuring Sahib Shihab on Baritone Saxophone and Paul Chambers on Bass, Albert Heath was brought in on Drums and Johnny Splawn on Trumpet. Mal Waldron & Red Garland shared the session on piano across the tracks.

  • Carl Schuricht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in C Minor

    Carl Schuricht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in C Minor

    Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 is the last symphony that the composer completed in full (he died before the final movement of the Symphony No. 9 was finished).

    This special interpretation by Carl Schuricht with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra represents Bruckner’s 8th in its true unrivalled glory.

  • Music for Viola & Cello Played By Herbert Downes & Jacqueline Du Pre

    Music for Viola & Cello Played By Herbert Downes & Jacqueline Du Pre

    Jacqueline Du Pre was born in Oxford and commenced learning the cello at the age of five with Alison Dalrymple, she then went on to study with William Pleeth at the age of ten. Only five years later she was enrolled to the Casals Master Class at Zermatt, Switzerland. She made her formal début at the Wigmore Hall in March 1961 accompanied by Ernest Lush. It was her concerto début in March 1962 at the Royal Festival Hall, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto that propelled her career into the stratosphere – bringing spontaneous critical enthusiasm followed by global recognition.

  • Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Mazurkas Favorites

    Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Mazurkas Favorites

    The origins of the Mazurka can be traced back to early Polish folk music and dance. Chopin wrote a total of sixty-nine of them for solo piano during his lifetime, the first of which were composed in 1825 and the last in 1849, the year of his death.

  • Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Nocturnes Favorites

    Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Nocturnes Favorites

    Yura Guller was born in 1895 in Marseille, France. She started to learn the piano at the age of five, giving recitals at a very early age before enrolling at the Paris Conservatoire at just nine years old. It is here that she studied under Isidor Philipp, a tutor of impeccable pedigree having studied with Camille Saint-Saëns, Théodore Ritter & Georges Amadée St. Claire Mathias (himself a direct pupil of Frédéric Chopin).

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ERC038 John Coltrane - Coltrane

The year 1957 marked the close of a difficult transitional period for John Coltrane. Due to long term problems with substance abuse Coltrane was sacked from the Miles Davies Quintet but this freed him up to be signed as a solo artist by Bob Weinstock of Prestige records for a multiple album deal.

A formidable line-up was assembled for this self-titled debut and was recorded in late May at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. As well as featuring Sahib Shihab on Baritone Saxophone and Paul Chambers on Bass, Albert Heath was brought in on Drums and Johnny Splawn on Trumpet. Mal Waldron & Red Garland shared the session on piano across the tracks.

Two of the Coltrane original compositions on the album; “Chronic Blues” and “ Straight Street” reflect his struggle overcoming his addiction but it is on the two featured ballads “Violets For Your Furs” and “While My Lady Sleeps” that Coltrane’s sensitivity shines through in the form unadulterated beauty.

Mastered from the original analogue master tapes in true Mono (a first since the original pressing) and with all artwork given the usual ERC treatment (entirely re-typeset sleeve text, the creation of new plates for the artwork and printed using a 1960 Heidelberg letter press before being folded by hand). ERC has made no compromise in attempting to do justice to this iconic and important jazz masterpiece.

* Photo of halftone plate for letterpress printing