Casadesus: Appassionata, Moonlight, Les Adieux - Philips A 01308 L
Jacket VG / LP EX
This handsome LP from Philips (A 01308 L, German pressing, plum/silver Minigroove label, mono) features the great Robert Casadesus in a triptych of masterful Beethoven performances: the Piano Sonatas No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata,’ No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight,’ and No. 26 in E Flat Major Op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’ – all recorded in Paris, January 1957.
Fleet, cogent, brilliantly articulated, Casadesus’ Beethoven is a revelatory antidote to the heavier, more ‘Teutonic’ cast favored by his rivals, and widely acclaimed as authentic. Casadesus brings each work into sharp focus, imparting high drama and unfailing poetry, with some of the finest pedaling on record.
The striking cover photo of Casadesus is uncredited. There are extensive liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in German only, similarly uncredited.
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 some wear at corners, as well as light creasing and a small bit of writing to the rear panel. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, a very good 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.