Fennell/Eastman Winds: Mozart Serenade K. 361 "Gran Partita" - Mercury MG 50176
Jacket EX / LP NM / US pressing
This handsome LP – a superb collector’s copy – from Mercury (MG 50176, US pressing, plum/silver label, mono) features conductor Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s buoyant and festive account of Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major K. 361 “Gran Partita”, warmly recorded at the Eastman Theater, Rochester, on 3 March 1958.
The recording director for this album was Wilma Cozart, the musical supervisor Harold Lawrence, and the chief engineer and technical supervisor C. Robert Fine.
There are insightful liner notes – penned by Frederick Fennell himself – printed on the reverse side of the jacket (in English only). The striking cover photo was taken by Henry Ries.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is a discreet 1” split to the upper-right corner and mild aging to the rear panel, but that is all. The album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.