Brailowsky: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, etc. - RCA VICS-1024 (plum/silver)
Jacket EX / LP NM / US pressing
This lovely LP – a superb collector’s copy – from RCA (VICS-1024, US pressing, plum/silver label, stereo) features pianist Alexander Brailowsky’s magnificent account of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18, recorded with conductor Enrique Jorda and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1957 and sounding absolutely splendid here.
Filling out the disc are four encore pieces, also from 1957, brought off with great verve and poetry:
Weber: Invitation to the Dance Op. 65
Mendelssohn: Scherzo in E minor, No. 2 from 3 Fantasies or Caprices
Mendelssohn: Song without Words Op. 67 No. 4 “Spinning Song”
Mendelssohn: Andante and Rondo Capriccioso in E Major Op. 14
Incidentally, the beautiful cover art reproduces a detail from Andrea Mantegna’s drawing “The Calumny of Apelles”. There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, provided 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 EXCELLENT. There is minor wear at corners and mild discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Visually, there are rubs and other non-sounding marks. Although surfaces are not absolutely 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.