Jacket GOOD / LP NM / UK pressing
This outstanding LP from Columbia (33CX 1687, English EMI pressing, blue/gold label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the Dennis Brain Ensemble in stunning “live” performances, first broadcast on 5 September 1957 (four day’s after Brain’s death), with “a royalty on the sale of this record…being donated to the Dennis Brain Scholarship Fund”.
Jacket VG / LP EX / UK pressing
This superb LP from Epic / Columbia (33CX 1901, English pressing, red semi-circle label, mono, flipback jacket, original inner sleeve included) features Leon Fleisher and the Juilliard String Quartet's outstanding account of Brahms's Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34, recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, on 11 March 1963.
Jacket EX / LP EX / English pressing
This beautiful LP from Columbia (33CX 1778, English EMI pressing, blue/gold label, laminated flipback cover, mono) features Carlo Maria Giulini and the Philharmonia Orchestra's classic accounts of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor D. 759 "Unfinished"* and Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a "St. Anthony", recorded in the rich acoustics of London's Kingsway Hall on 25/26 and 27* January 1961. This is exalted orchestral playing, and conducting, by any measure – the sound throughout is glorious.
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / UK pressing
This handsome LP from Columbia (33CX 1054, English pressing, blue/gold label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra's high-octane account of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Sz 116, recorded in November 1952 and July 1953 in the fabled acoustics of London's Kingsway Hall (producer: Walter Legge / engineer: Douglas Larter). Not the first on record, but among the earliest on LP, with Karajan demonstrating clear mastery of a score that was then only 8 years old. The Philharmonia, arguably then the world's finest orchestra, play brilliantly for him, every department shining.