Accardo: 1960s RCA recordings - Italian RCA GL 70803(3) (3LP box set, sealed)
Box NM / LPs MINT (sealed)
This handsome 3 LP box set – a still-sealed copy – from Italian RCA (GL 70803(3), Italian pressing, label iteration unknown, booklet included, stereo) entitled "l'Album di Salvatore Accardo" features the great violinist in numerous of his early recordings made for RCA, dating from 1960 to 1968. Aside from a few works for solo violin, he is accompanied throughout by the splendid pianist Antonio Beltrami.
The exact contents are as follows:
J.S. Bach: Air in G, from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach: Chaconne, from the Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004
W.A. Mozart: Minuetto
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor Bg 5 "Devil's Trill"
Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata in D minor Op. 5 No. 12 "La Folia"
- Paganini: Moto perpetuo Op. 11
- Paganini: Introduzione e tema con variazione Op. 8 "Le Streghe"
- Paganini: Introduzione e variazione Op. 13
- Paganini: 8 Caprices from Op. 1
No. 1 in E Major, No. 6 in G minor, No. 8 in E Major, No. 10 in G minor, No. 13 in B-flat Major, No. 14 in E-flat Major, No. 17 in E-flat Major, No. 24 in A minor
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Jascha Heifetz): Flight of the Bumblebee, from The Tsar Saltan
Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Jascha Heifetz): The Swan
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F minor WoO 1
Franz Schubert (arr. August Wilhelmj): Ave Maria D. 839
Robert Schumann (arr. Franco Del Maglio): Abenlied Op. 85 No. 12
Mendelssohn: "On Wings of Song", from Songs without Words Op. 19 No. 1
Aram Khachaturian (arr. Jascha Heifetz): Sabre Dance, from Gayane
(above 7 selections rec. 1965)
Grigoras Dinicu (arr. Jascha Heifetz): Hora Staccato
Antonin Dvorak (arr. Jascha Heifetz): Humoresque in G-flat Major Op. 101 No. 7
Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. David J. Grunes): Polka, from The Age of Gold Suite
Igor Stravinsky (arr. Samuel Dushkin): Chanson Russe
Antonio Bazzini: Dance of the Goblins
Isaac Albeniz (arr. Fritz Kreisler): Tango, from España Op. 165 No. 2
Ede Poldini (arr. Fritz Kreisler): La poupée valsante
Arthur Benjamin (arr. William Primrose): Jamaican Rumba
(above 8 selections rec. 1963 & 1965)
These recordings capture Accardo at the very height of his considerable powers – arguably the finest Accardo compilation on LP.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the box is near-MINT. There is some discoloration, but I believe that it is only to the shrinkwrap, and not to the box itself. There are no corner breaks, seamsplits, bends, owners’ marks, or other defects, and the whole remain solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a lovely collector’s copy.
The condition of the 3 LPs is MINT. These are still-sealed, unplayed copies – ideal collector's copies.