Dorati/LSO: Haydn No. 45 & Mozart K. 550 (rec. 1961) - Mercury SR90280
Jacket VG / LP EX / US pressing
This outstanding LP from Mercury (SR90280, US pressing, plum/silver label, stereo) features Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra’s magnificent accounts of Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor “Farewell” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor K. 550*, both recorded at Watford Town Hall, London, on 22 and 23* June 1961 (producer: Harold Lawrence / engineer: C. Robert Fine). There is comparatively little Mozart in Dorati’s otherwise comprehensive discography, which makes this beautifully sprung reading of K. 550 all the more valuable, imbued with great verve and poetry. The Haydn is no less fine.
Incidentally, the striking cover photo was taken by Henry Ries, while the album design was executed by George Maas. There are superb liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Jess T. Casey, printed 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, still largely in the original shrinkwrap, is VERY GOOD. There is a small hole-punch to the upper-right corner, as well as slight wear along the open edge of the jacket, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners marking and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – 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.