Beaux Arts Trio: Beethoven "Archduke" Trio Op. 97 - Philips 6833 022 (36-page catalog issue)

$10.00 USD

Philips (LP)

Jacket NM / LP NM / German pressing

This beautiful full-color catalog issue – running to some 36 pages – from Philips (6833 033, German pressing, red/silver label, stereo) features the Beaux Arts Trio’s magnificent account of Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major Op. 97 “Archduke”, warmly recorded in 1964.

At this time the Beaux Arts Trio was comprised of violinist Isidore Cohen, cellist Bernard Greenhouse, and pianist Menahem Pressler.

At the wonderful music review website ClassicsToday one can find the following review:

“The founding Beaux Arts Trio recorded Beethoven’s “Archduke” trio for the first time in 1964. Violinist Isidore Cohen subsequently replaced Daniel Guillet, and the original line-up is now represented only by pianist Menahem Pressler. The Beaux Arts’ 1964 account of the “Archduke” is the version included on this Philips 50 reissue. Although the trio recorded the work again in 1979 with Cohen, its interpretation was firmly settled 15 years earlier, so there’s little to choose between these versions in terms of performance.”

The exact track list is as follows:

A1

I: Allegro moderato

14:06

A2

II: Scherzo: Allegro

6:33

B1

III: Andante cantabile ma pero con moto: Poco piu adagio

IV: Allegro Moderato

20:20

This “catalog” issue from Philips is quite impressive. I have seen other similar-type issues, but never one with so lengthy a catalog with not only full-color illustrations of numerous other Philips titles, but also full-color (page-size) portraits of many of the label’s most important artists, including Arrau, Szeryng, Jochum, Davis, the Quartetto Italiano, etc.

The left interior panel of the gatefold jacket also contains extensive liner notes (by Helmut Wirth), printed in German only. The striking cover art reproduces a detail from a portrait of Johann Joseph Rainer Kardinal von Österreich by Johann Baptist Edler von Lampi der Ältere.

PLEASE NOTE:

Even with minimal packaging, this set will weigh over 500 g when prepared for shipping. This means that outside of Europe the cost for shipping is about $26 USD, and that is just for standard airmail. Certified airmail (with a tracking number) costs closer to $30. Those in doubt can visit the Spanish postal website (Correos.com), which is available in English.

Although this listing states “free” shipping, it is not really free, of course. I have to pay for shipping like everyone else. Anyway, all this to say that those who feel the price is high need to take the cost of shipping into account. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to write and I will be happy to help. Thank you.

CONDITION:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. Really, there are no flaws to speak of and the album appears virtually as new. There are no bends, owners' markings, or other faults and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – a superb collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT and the playback is outstanding – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.

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