Barshai/Moscow CO: Telemann Suite in C + 3 Concerti - Electrola SME 91415 (white/gold)
Jacket EX / LP EX / German pressing
This beautiful LP from Electrola (SME 91415, German pressing, white/gold label – ED1, stereo, original inner sleeve included) features Rudolf Barshai and his crack ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, in a captivating all-Telemann album, warmly recorded at the Salle Wagram on 19 June 1964.
Included are the following works of Telemann:
Suite in C Major for Orchestra TV 55 No. 3 "Water Music"
Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in B-flat Major TV 44 No. 43
> with Pierre Pierlot (Oboe), Evgeni Nepalov (Oboe), Piotr Dubrov (Oboe), Leonid Polees (Violin), Andrei Abramenkov (Violin), and Rudolf Barshai (Violin),
Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra in F minor TV 51 No. f 1
> with Evgeni Nepalov (Oboe)
Wrote The Gramophone in its May 1965 issue: "I have always been in favour of Telemann ever since I discovered that what I had read about him in dictionaries of music was not to be believed. I suppose one mustn't blame the gentlemen who compiled these books too much, for Telemann's music was then never played and they had probably not heard a note by him; all the same, they might have had a look at some of it, instead of just copying the usual estimate that none of it is worth hearing.
"All this is not entirely off the point, for this present record is a handsome contribution to restoring a better appreciation of Telemann's quality. Any composer who wrote as much as he did is bound to be uninspired at times, but these works are well chosen and if there is a movement that might be a bit repetitious, then the marvellous playing under Barshai compels one's enjoyment. He uses every permissible device to ensure variety of expression—and he has players of the highest quality to carry out his interpretations.
"The Concerto for three oboes and three violins is the greatest delight. It sounds well in mono but, of course, the stereo antiphony is a tremendous gain, with the violins on one side and the oboes on the other. The harpsichord has been well balanced—not as though the recording engineer were ashamed of it—and the player is imaginative. If I pick out the oboists for special praise, it is only because they are predominant in music of this period.
"The Suite in C occupies a whole side and is full of good things. Robin Golding, in an excellent note, tells us that Telemann wrote it for the centenary celebrations of the Admiralty College in Hamburg and it is, in fact, a kind of 'water music'. There is a fine overture and then the following dances have titles. The Sarabande is The Sleeping Thetis, the ensuing Bourree, The Awakening Thetis, and so on. The Gigue— Ebb and Flow—is especially vivid in its suggestion of the ebbing and rising tide.
"The vitality of it all, both music and performance, and the subtlety of Barshai's direction make this an outstanding record."
Incidentally, the liner notes on the reverse (provided in both German and English) are by Robin Golding.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT++. There is minor bumping at corners, slight creasing, and mild discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, scuffs, or owners' markings. The fine laminate finish is perfectly intact and the album remains solid, bright, and richly glossy – overall, a handsome collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is similary EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not always CD silent, in general the playback is superb. If you must have a flawless copy, you are advised to look elsewhere – overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.