Doktor/Mason: works for viola & organ - Mirrosonic RS 1013, very rare
Jacket NM / LP EX / US pressing
This handsome and little-known LP from Mirrosonic (RS 1013, US pressing, black/silver label, stereo) features two great instrumentalists – violist Paul Doktor and organist Marilyn Mason – in rare works for viola and organ, a remarkable album recorded in the late 1950s.
Doktor – who for 35 yeas was the violist in the illustrious Busch Quartet – regrettably made few recordings as a solo artist, but this ranks as one of his very finest and most intriguing.
Their program on this memorable occasion was as follows:
William Flackton: Sonata for Viola and Organ in G Major Op. 2 No. 6
Ernest Bloch: Meditation and Processional for Viola and Organ
Marin Marais: Theme with Variations for Viola and Organ
Giuseppe Tartini: Andante for Viola and Organ in D Major
George Frederick Handel: Minuette for Viola and Organ
Leo Sowerby: Ballade for Viola and Organ
Servaas de Coninck: Sonata for Viol and Organ in D minor
This album was produced and engineered by Kenneth L. Mapes. There are informative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Milton Halpern, provided in English only. The striking cover design is uncredited.
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 near-MINT. There is mild discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very fine collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is occasional light surface noise, ans some scattered soft tics (very soft), but in general 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.