Barwahser (flute): Schubert Intro & Vars + Caplet, Gaubert - Philips A 00104 L
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / Dutch pressing
This handsome and very rare LP from Philips (A 00104 L, Dutch pressing, heavy flat vinyl, plum/gold “Minigroove” label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the now forgotten flutist Hubert Barwahser in a recital program devoted to Schubert, Caplet, and Gaubert, all recorded with the splendid pianist Felix de Nobel in Amsterdam in January 1951.
The exact contents are as follows:
Franz Schubert: Introduction and Variations for Flute and Piano in E minor D. 802 (Op. 160) “Trockne Blumen”
André Caplet: Petite valse
Philippe Gaubert: Sonata for Flute and Piano
This is exalted playing by any measure, Barwahser’s silvery tone a thing of wonder, these performances imbued with infectious charm, beauty, and spirit.
To my knowledge, these remarkable recordings have never been transferred to CD.
There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, provided in English only. The striking cover design is similarly uncredited.
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 edgewear and visible shelfwear and ringwear, as well as discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, still a good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.