Ansermet: Martin Petite Symphonie Concertante + Stravinsky - Decca LXT 2631
Jacket POOR / LP NM / English pressing
This fine LP from Decca (LXT 2631, English pressing, orange/gold label, mono only – no stereo edition exists) features conductor Ernest Ansermet and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in a brilliant pairing of Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento “Le baiser de la fée” and Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante for Harp, Harpsichord, Piano, and Two String Orchestra, both recorded in the rich acoustics of Geneva’s Victoria Hall in March 1951.
In the latter work, the featured soloists are Pierre Jamet (harp), Germaine Vaucher-Clerc (harpsichord), and Doris Rosslaud, piano.
Ansermet knew both composers and brings a special authority to these remarkable scores. Indeed, his ear for color, rhythm, and orchestra balance brightly animate these stunning performances and the sound is first rate, so fine that one hardly registers the absence of stereo.
This album was produced by Victor Olof and engineered by Arthur Haddy. The reverse side of the jacket carries extensive liner notes (uncredited), printed in English only. The striking cover design is similarly uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is POOR (Note: This is below eBay’s lowest grading and at the end of my own scale). There is a 3” split to the spine, extensive edgewear, a 1” split to the bottom edges, creasing, ringwear, and general tattiness. However, the album remains serviceable – not a collector’s copy, but still a passable one. Happily, the LP is much better.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.