Barshai: Beethoven "Eroica" & 4th Symphonies - Melodiya CM 03651-4 (2LP set), NM
Jacket NM / LPs NM
This beautiful 2-LP gatefold set – note the remarkable cover art – from Melodiya (CM 03651-4, Russian pressing, blue/silver labels, stereo, glossy laminated jacket) features conductor Rudolf Barshai and his crack Moscow Chamber Orchestra in magnificent performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 3 in E-flat Major Op. 55 “Eroica” and No. 4 in B-flat Major Op. 60, both recorded in vivid sound in Moscow in 1972 and 1971, respectively.
Barshai and the remarkable Moscow CO yield nothing to their much more widely circulated Western counterparts and these performances are imbued with unflagging energy, as well as moments of breath-taking repose and poetry. The sound is first rate.
The interior panels of the gatefold jacket carry brief, but informative liner notes by B. Asafiev, provided in Russian, French, and English. The striking cover art / design is uncredted.