Frubeck de Burgos: Respighi Pines & Fountains of Rome, etc. - EMI 3 C 062-01975
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This superb gatefold LP from Italian EMI (3 C 062-01975, Italian pressing, colored dog-in-stamp label, stereo) features conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos and the New Philharmonia Orchestra in brillaintly colored accounts of Ottorino Respighi’s The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome. Filling out the disc are these same forces’ equally potent performances of Igor Stravinsky’s Fireworks (1942) and Circus Polka Op. 4.
The former were recorded in March 1968 and the latter in November 1966, all offering sound of sumptuous, demonstration quality.
Frubeck de Burgos is an artist whose discorgraphy is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation. If he ever set down a routine performance, this listener has not heard it.
The interior panels of the gatefold jacket carry extensive liner notes (uncredited), provided in Italian only. The striking cover art is similarly uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the gatefold jacket is near-MINT. Aside from mild discoloration to the interior panels, there are really no flaws to speak of and the album appears virtually as new. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a lovely collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT and the playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.