Furtwangler/VPO: Haydn Sym No. 94 + Brahms Haydn Vars - Electrola E 90025
Jacket VG / LP EX / German pressing
This handsome gatefold LP from Electrola (E 90025, German pressing, red label, mono) features Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's wonderful accounts of Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise" and Brahms's Haydn Variation Op. 56a.
The discographic details are as follows:
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major Hob.I-94
> rec. in the Musikvereinssaal on 11/12/17 January 1951
(producer: Walter Legge / engineer: Robert Beckett)
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a
> rec. in the Musikvereinssall during 30 March to 2 April 1949
(producer: Walter Legge / engineers: Douglas Larter & Anthony Griffith)
The VPO play with great warmth, the players clearly responding to their charismatic maestro.
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 VERY GOOD+. There is a minor bend to the lower-left corner, bumping at corners in general, slight edgewear, and a bit of discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits or owners' markings and the album remains solid and very attractive in appearance – overall, a strong collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. The surfaces are not CD silent, but overall the playback is superb – an excellent collector's copy.