Fricsay conducts Mozart: deluxe 2LP Jubilee issue from 1956 - DG 554/555

$20.00 USD

DG (LP)

Album VG / LPs VG / German pressing

This rare deluxe issue double-gatefold canvas jacket 2LP set from Deutsche Grammophon (554/555, German pressings, tulip labels, mono) preserves the Fricsay volume in the yellow label's 1956 Mozart bicentenary series, less known and not as extensive as that of Philips' 'Jubilee' edition, but much more lavish. The guest artists featured in this remarkable installment are Clara Haskil and Maria Stader.

Indeed, these albums are works of art in themselves, and a description of its contents and production is in order.

The set consists of a very heavy canvas double-gatefold jacket in a lovely near-forest green color with gold embossed profile bust of Mozart and the title 'Ference Fricsay dirigiert Mozart. The interior panel of each side-out of the gatefold contains a pocket (of the same canvas material) for the two LPs. Between these is the 24-page, full-size, textured paper booklet, with extensive notes in German, French, and English. The essays are:

"The World Renders Homage to Mozart" by H.H. Stuckenschmidt

"Mozart – Music Abundant" by Klaus Wagner

"Ferenc Fricsay – Portrait of a Conductor" by Josef Rufer

In addition, there are striking black and white portraits of Fricsay, as well as of soprano Maria Stader and pianist Clara Haskil. Finally, there is full-color reproduction of a painting of Mozart as a child. The booklet is truly impressive, as is the layout of the entire set.

Included are the following recordings, all in their entirety:

Symphony No. 29 in A Major K. 201 – rec. 1 Oct 1955

Symphony No. 41 in C Major K. 551 "Jupiter" – rec. 9 to 11 Sept 1953

RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

(all sessions held at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin)

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major K. 459 (cadenzas: Mozart)

Clara Haskil, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay

(rec. 21/22 Sept 1955 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin)

Overture to Die Zauberflöte

RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

(rec. 5 March 1951 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin)

Motette "Exsultate, jubilate' K. 165

Maria Stader, RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

(rec. 3/4 January 1954 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin)

PLEASE NOTE:

This set is quite heavy – even with minimal packaging, prepared for shipping it will weight over 1 kg. This means that outside of Europe the cost for shipping is about $30 USD, and that is just for standard airmail. Certified airmail (with a tracking number) costs $33 USD. Those in doubt can visit the Spanish postal website (Correos.com), which is available in English.

Although this listing states “free” shipping, it is not really free, of course. I have to pay for shipping like everyone else. Anyway, all this to say that those who feel the price is high need to take the cost of shipping into account. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to write and I will be happy to help. Thank you.

CONDITION:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the double-gatefold heavy canvas jacket is VERY GOOD. There is some shelfwear and light discoloration, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the whole remains extremely solid, bright, and striking in appearance – a very good collector's copy.

The condition of the full-size 24-page textured paper booklet is also VERY GOOD. The binding is a bit weak, but has not separated. The pages show some aging, but are free of markings, tears, or other defects.

The condition of the 2 LPs is EXCELLENT throughout. Though surfaces are not silent, really these are fine copies and playback is quite fine. However, if you must have flawless or near-mint copies, these please do not buy this set – overall, these are excellent collector's copies.

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