Dumont: Serenades for Strings (Bach, Haydn, Fibich, Tchaikovsky, et al.) - Epic LC 3228
Jacket VG / LP EX / US pressing
This beautiful and little-known LP from Epic (LC 3228, US pressing, yellow radial label, mono) entitled “Serenades for Strings (the world’s best-loved melodies)” features conductor Cedric Dumont leading the crack Boyd Neel Orchestra in a lovely collection of works for string orchestra, most likely recorded in the early to mid-1950s, and never re-issued on CD.
The exact contents are as follows:
Zdenék Fibich: Poème
Jules Massenet: Meditation, from Thaïs
J.S. Bach: Air for the G String, from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major BWV 1068
Franz Joseph Haydn: Serenade, from the String Quartet in F Major Op. 3 No. 5 Hob.III:17
George Frideric Handel: Largo, from Xerxes
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky: Andante cantabile, from the String Quartet No. 1 in D Major Op. 11
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky: Waltz, Elegie, and Finale from the Serenade for Strings in C Major Op. 48
There are superlative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Fred V. Grunfeld, printed in English only. The remarkable cover art is 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 slight is slight bit of cracking to the top seam as well as general shelfwear. However, therre are no owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as 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.