30th November 2017
English Premiere of 'the lost recordings II' at The Sheldonian Theatre
Hear a lacquer worth £6,300 that only survives one play. The ultimate analogue experience.
Just like tasting a great wine or living the pure experience of a live concert, listening to a lacquer is a fleeting chance that can only be lived once.
A truly unique opportunity exclusively for music lovers who want the best reproduction of artists at home.
Advance Booking required.
Today there is increasing promotion of audiophile vinyl albums and expensive limited edition remastered box sets with unreleased songs as extras. This event is different and not like anything that has happened before.
It is unique – don’t miss it.
Live at the legendary Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. 10 February 1961.
Previously unreleased recording of Ella Fitzgerald.
VINYL Double Album. Limited to 900 hand-numbered copies pressed from the original lacquer. With Download card for 16bit AIFF and MP3 files. £110.
LACQUER Four sides. Limited to 30 hand-numbered copies in a hand-bound leather portfolio. £6,300.
After a memorable performance in Berlin a year earlier, Fitzgerald was once again singing to a packed concert hall. Norman Granz, serious and to the point, introduced the musicians. Lou Levy had long been accompanying Ella. The quartet took the stage with the singer herself. In her fresh, almost girlish voice and that hint of characteristic impertinence, she launched into “Too Close For Comfort”, followed by “On A Slow Boat To China”. By now Ella had the audience firmly in the palm of her hand.
Welcoming each spectator like a privileged guest and each song she sang, a gracefully proffered glass of champagne.
The performance was quite the opposite of what took place in a recording studio. Fitzgerald settled in as if she were in her living room, welcoming each spectator like a privileged guest and each song she sang, a gracefully proffered glass of champagne. The pieces had to be kept short because she had to see that all the members of the public were served.