Cziffra: Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 12 + Chopin Fantaisie Op. 49 - ALP 1713
Jacket VG / LP EX / UK pressing
This handsome LP from His Master’s Voice (ALP 1713, pressng, English EMI pressing, red/gold semi-circle label, mono, original inner sleeve included) features legendary pianist Georges Cziffra in sublime performances of Schumann and Chopin, the former showcasing the subtle poetry that was as integral a part of his artistry as the more barn-storming virtuosity that sometimes over-shadowed his reputation.
The exact discographic information is as follows:
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Etude I (Var. I) 1.08
Var. posthume I 1.34
Etude II (Var. II) 3.14
Etude III 1.13
Var. posthume II 2.27
Etude IV 0.39
Etude V (Var. IV) 1.26
Etude VI (Var. V) 1.01
Etude VII (Var. VI) 1.13
Etude VIII (Var. VII) 2.33
Etude IX 0.33
Var. posthume IV 3.21
Etude X (Var. VIII) 1.16
Etude XI (Var. IX) 2.16
Etude XII (Finale) 6.44
(rec. at the Salle Wagram, Paris, during 19-21 December 1960)
Frederic Chopin: Fantaisie in F minor Op. 49
(rec. at the Salle Wagram, Paris, on 27 December 1956)
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by John S. Weissmann, printed in English only. The lovely cover photo was taken by Valerie Finnis.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
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 tiny chipping to the laminate along the lower edge, slight bumping at corners, and a crease to the upper-left corner. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is occasional light surface noise, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.