Brahms Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 3 - Fontana 699.047 CL (early French pr.)
Jacket VG + / LP VG+ / French pressing
This handsome LP from Philips · Fontana (699.047 CL, French pressing, early blue/white label, mono) features violinist Isaac Stern and pianist Alexander Zakin in supremely eloquent renditions of Brahms's Violin Sonatas No. 1 in G Major Op. 78 and No. 3 in D minor Op. 108.
Both works were recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, the former in January 1951 and the latter in May 1947. Stern plays with fearless technical aplomb and great insight and he is superbly seconded in this by Zakin. These performances were issued in the USA on Columbia ML-4912.
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in French (by Robert Cushman) and German (by Eugene Ledermann).
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 slight bumping at corners, as well as slight discoloration and wear along the open edge of the jacket. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this rates as as very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD++. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring CD silent surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.