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Huge rare classical LP ccollection acquired – Kernow Classics


Kernow Classics is honoured and delighted to be able to bring to the market the most remarkable private collection of discs that we have ever seen, comprising an estimated twenty thousand LPs and at least the same number of CDs.

The first 250 LPs, chosen at random from this vast and lovingly cared-for collection, are now available in our catalogue, and demonstrate the incredible quality and depth of this remarkable treasure-trove of discs. 

The pride of the collection thus far is this wonderfully silent first edition blue/silver copy of Columbia SAX 2388 (Igor Oistrakh playing Brahms Violin Sonatas). 

Other special highlights include a lovely copy of Columbia blue/silver SAX 2357 (Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 – Karajan) and the Bach Cello Suites beautifully played by Maurice Gendron on Philips (6770 005).  There are also plenty of unusual Decca SXL LPs, immaculate DGG recordings and mono Columbias (33CX) as well as several collectable live recordings of famous pianists and violinists.  And this is just the first 250 LPs!

Other highlights from the first release of 250 discs now on our catalogue include several piano discs by Maurizio Pollini, Sviatoslav Richter, Alicia de Larrocha, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Emil Gilels, Jorge Bolet, Lazar Berman, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Artur Rubinstein; violin recitals by Ruggiero Ricci, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Josef Suk, Jan Kubelik and Joseph Szigeti and cello recordings featuring Maurice Gendron, Jacqueline du Pré, Yo Yo Ma and Rostropovitch.  There are also some vocal and operatic items (including a wonderful ‘live’ Trovatore featuring Jussi Bjőrling). Many more will be added in coming months.

All items from this stunning collection can be recognised by their unique reference numbers which begin with the letters KH.   

We are planning to add roughly 250 LPs to the catalogue every two weeks throughout the autumn and winter months.  There will also be CDs added, many of which are sealed and therefore not played, as are indeed many of the LPs.  It will be noted that several items are factory test pressings.

Because of the vast quantity of superlative LPs to process, only those more sought after LPs (priced competitively but at more than £40) have been auditioned prior to listing.  The remainder have been visually graded under a strong light and any suspect passages have been carefully listened to.  We will however clean and listen to all LPs as they are ordered to meet our own high quality standards of customer service and satisfaction.

We will be highlighting our favourite finds from each batch of discs on our home page, in future blog posts and on our Facebook page too, so please visit us often and share in our discoveries!

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