Beecham: Schubert Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2: Philips A 01136 L, beautiful cover art
Jacket EX / LP EX / Dutch pressing
This truly beautiful LP from Philips (A 01136 L, Dutch pressing, plum/silver “Minigroove” label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s unsurpassed readings of Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major D. 82 and Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major D. 125, both warmly recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, on 7 December 1953 and 28 April 1954, respectively. Beecham was much enamored of these works and his feeling, and imagination, shines throughout – lovely, lilting performances.
There are excellent liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.. The striking cover art 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 EXCELLENT. There is minor bumping at corners, some minute laminate lift, and mild shelfwear, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring flawless or NM surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.