Fischer/Furtwangler: Beethoven Piano Conceto No. 5 "Emperor" - Electrola WALP 1051
Jacket VG / LP GOOD / German pressing
This beautiful gatefold LP from German Electrola (WALP 1051, German pressing, first red/gold 'LANG331/3SPIEL' Electrola label – ED1, mono) features Edwin Fischer and Wilhelm Furtwängler's legendary account of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major Op. 73 "Emperor", recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra in February 1951 at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London. What a pity the two men were not able to undertake a complete cycle of the 5 Concerti. This is inspired music-making by any measure and one of the great "Emperor's" on record – leonine and deeply felt, the Philharmonia on top form.
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 discoloration/spotting to the front panel, as well as edgewear and some ringwear to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid and very attractive in appearance – overall, a handsome collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is GOOD. There is persistent light surface noise, but nothing overly obtrusive and in general the playback remains enjoyable. However, those seeking a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a decent collector’s copy.