Francescatti: Beethoven "Kreutzer" Sonata (r. 1949) - Philips A 01609 R (10" LP)
Jacket EX / LP EX (Spanish pressing)
This beautiful 10” LP from Philips (A 01609 R, Spanish pressing, plum/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Zino Francescatti and Robert Casadesus’ first recording of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major Op. 47 “Kreutzer”, set down at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, on 28 December 1949.
The Francescatti/Casadesus duo was a venerated musical partnership and friendship of deep understanding and respect and can be spoken of in the same breath as that of Adolf Busch and Rudolf Serkin. Their discography is large, but their playing never more distinguished than here, each artist matching the inspiration of the other bar for bar. How wonderful it is to have such characterful soloists of equal standing in happy communion.
Fortunately, the Columbia recordings were sensitively engineered, with Francescatti not overly to the fore as is too often the case in violin recordings. Landmark recordings that sound as fresh today as they did over 60 years ago – in short, wonderful.
There are superb liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in Spanish only. The striking cover design 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 EXCELLENT. There is slight bumping/wear at corners, as well as minor shelfwear, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.