Beinum/Concertgebouw: Brahms Symphony No. 1 Op. 68 (r. 1951) - Decca LXT 2675
Jacket VG / LP GOOD / UK pressing
This handsome LP from Decca (LXT 2675, English pressing, orange/gold label, mono – no stereo editione exists) features Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s majestic account of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68, recorded in the spacious acoustics of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 17 September 1951 (producer: John Culshaw / engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson).
Incidentally, the striking portrait of Brahms gracing the jacket front was excuted by Tom Eckersley. There are eloquent liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is edgewear and slight creasing, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and handsome in appearance – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is GOOD. Visually, the labels are faded and not easy to read. In addition, there are numerous marks to the vinyl, some paper sleeve marks, others hairline scratches. In terms of sound, there is surface noise throughout, but nothing overly obtrusive. Those wanting flawless, NM, or even excellent surfaces are advised to look elsewhere. Nonetheless, this still rates as a decent copy.