Ansermet: Bartok Concerto for Orchestra - French Decca LXT 5305
Jacket VG / LP EX / French pressing
This beautiful LP from French Decca (LXT 5305, French pressing, orange/silver label, mono, original inner sleeve included) features Ernest Ansermet and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande's thrilling and technicolor performance of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Sz. 116, recorded in the fabled acoustics of Victoria Hall, Geneva in 1959.
Note the striking artwork, which was always an added attraction of Ansermet/OSR issues.
Their Bartok Concerto for Orchestra boasts tremendous verve and imaginative insight, and this must be counted among Ansermet and the OSR's finest achievements on record, to make even the most jaded skeptic marvel at this masterly blend of subtlety and panache.
So many endless apologies are made for the supposed short-comings of the Suisse Romande Orchestra that a critical bias has nearly rendered their every Decca recording an also-ran. These 'faults' have been exaggerated, and how well they play against the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is less important than how well they play Bartok. And they play this music superbly, and for this listener at least, Ansermet's Concerto for Orchestra is among the finest ever recorded, so rich in telling detail and atmosphere.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the 'softcover' jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a minor bend to the lower-right corner, as well as some edgewear and wear at corners, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends or owners' markings and the whole remains solid, bright, and glossy – a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. The surfaces are not CD silent, but in general the playback is superb – overall, an excellent collector's copy.