Beinum: Bolero, La Valse, Nutcracker Suite - Epic BC 1027 ("Stereorama")
Jacket EX / LP EX / US pressing
This lovely LP from Epic (BC 1027, US pressing, gold “Stereorama” label) features conductor Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in dazzlying mixed program, pairing resplendent performances of music by Tchaikovsky and Ravel.
The exact contents are as folllows, all works taped in the rich acoustics of the Grote Zaal, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 25 September 1958.
Peter Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite Op. 71ª
Maurice Ravel: Bolero
Maurice Ravel: La Valse
Incidentally, the memorable cover art carries the caption “Toys Courtesy of F.A.O. Schwartz – N.Y.C.” There are excellent liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:
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/wear to the upper-left corner, and slight bumping to the other corners, but that is all. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as an excelllent 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.