Golschmann: Bizet Carmen Suites / Gounod Faust Ballet Music - Capitol P 8288
Jacket EX / LP VG+ / LP pressed in Holland - jacket printed in the USA
This beautiful LP from Capitol (P 8288, LP pressed in Holland / jacket printed in the USA, mono only – no stereo edition exists, laminated jacket) features conductor Vladimir Golschmann and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in magnificent accounts of the Suites Nos. 1 and 2 from Bizet’s Carmen and the Ballet Music from Gounod’s Faust.
These brilliant performances, which marry poetry and panache in equal measure, were set down in the warm acoustics of Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, on 19 January 1954.
Golschmann remains quite under-rated and is an artist whose recorded legacy is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation on disc.
Incidentally, the striking cover photo was taken by Alex de Paola. There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.
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 minor bumping/wear at corners, as well as mild discoloratioin to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners' markings or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD+. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.