Gheorghiu: Constantinescu Piano Concerto (rec. 1957) - LVSM FBLP 1095 (10")
Jacket VG- / LP EX
This beautiful and very rare 10" LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FBLP 1095, French pressing, red/silver semi-circle label – ED1, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Valentin Gheoghiu's pioneering account of Romanian composer's Paul Constantinescu's evocative Piano Concerto, recorded with conductor Constantin Silvestri and l'Orchestre National de la Radiodifussion Française in the spacious acoustics of the Salle Wagram, Paris, on 22 November 1957.
Constantinescu's Piano Concerto is a work that richly deserves more currency both in the concert hall and on record – it is a brilliantly inventive and atmospheric piece and Gheorghiu's masterly rendition remains unsurpassed. In Silvestri he has the finest possible accompanist and the entire performance has about it a sense of discovery and wonder.
The reverse side of the jacket carries insightful liner notes by composer Marcel Mihalovici, printed in French 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 VERY GOOD-. There is a 2" split to the lower edge, as well as edgewear in general and mild shelfwear. However, there are no bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not perfectly silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. If you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, rates as an excellent collector's copy.