Barshai: Berlioz Harold in Italy Op. 16 - Le Chant du Monde LDX-A-8369
Jacket GOOD+ / LP EX / French pressing
This handsome LP from Le Chant du Monde · Melodiya (LDX-A-8369, French pressing*, red label, stereo) features Rudolf Barshai’s absolutely unsurpassed account of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy Op. 16, recorded in Moscow in 1964 with David Oistrakh conducting the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Unsurpassed” is a term one should use reserverdly, and though there have been superlative recordings of this work by William Primrose, Yehudi Menuhin, Nobuko Imai, Pinchas Zukerman, et al, for my money Barshai sweeps the board, with Oistrakh providing wonderfully imaginative accompaniment, and the Moscow Philharmonic playing brilliantly.
*Note: This LP was pressed on medium-weight vinyl and not on thin, floppy vinyl – it is a very nice issue.
There are superlative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Suzanne Demarquez. The lovely cover art reproduces a detail from Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s “Vuc de Tivoli”.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD+. There is wear at corners, slight creasing, shelfwear, and mild ringwear/discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or owners’ markings and the whole remains solid, bright, and glossy, and attractive – overall, a quite decent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.