Bernstein/BBC SO: Elgar Enigma Variations + Pomp & Circumstance 1 & 2 - DG 2532 067 (DDD)
Jacket FAIR / LP NM / German pressing
This handsome LP from Deutsche Grammophone (2532 067, German pressing, DDD stereo) features Leonard Bernstein's remarkable rendition of Elgar's Enigma Variations Op.36, coupled with the Pomp and Circumstance Marches Op. 39 No.1 in D major and No.2 in A Minor, as well as the March of the Mogul Emperors from the Crown of India Op.66, all recorded at Watford Town Hall on 15 April 1982.
It was an intrepid idea on DG's part to record this English standard-bearer with the great American Mahlerian conductor and the sessions were reputedly uneasy, the BBC players allegedly balking at Bernstein's slower tempi, particularly in the Nimrod IX variation, to which the conductor retorted, "That's the way the dog barks." It's a fascinating and, despite whatever tensions might have entered the studios, brilliantly committed performance. One wonders had Bernstein lived longer would DG have had the veteran maestro turn his hand at the Symphonies.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is FAIR. There is a 1” split to the top edge, general edgewear, crushing to the upper-right corner, and shelfwear. Nonetheless, the jacket remain solid and fairly presentation worthy – not a collector’s copy, but still a serviceable one.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.