Grumiaux/Moralt: Mozart Violin Concerti K. 216 & K. 218 - Philips A 00.199. L "Jubilee"
Jacket EX / LP EX / French pressing
This beautiful LP from Philips (A 00.199 L, French heavy flat pressing, plum/silver minigroove label, mono) – part of the label's 1956 Mozart Jubilee Edition – features Arthur Grumiaux's peerless readings of Mozart's Violin Concertos No. 3 in G Major K. 216 and No. 4 in D Major K. 218, warmly accompanied by Rudolf Moralt and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Both were recorded in Vienna in November 1953, and this LP won the Grand Prix du Disque 'Academie Charles Cros'. These are classic accounts that have lost none of their freshness or appeal, the playing unfailingly natural and unerringly stylish, with beautifully balanced analog sound to boot, equaled only by Grumiaux himself in his stereo remakes with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra. Moralt was a superb Mozartian and these performances resonate in the memory long after the music stops – outstanding!
Wrote esteemed critic Rob Cowan in the November 2003 issue of The Gramophone:
"I was once told on good authority that Heifetz was a keen admirer of Grumiaux’s art, and little wonder. Like Heifetz, Grumiaux was a master of subtle shading, a disciplined stylist with a warm heart whose immaculate musicianship, silken tone and innate composure benefitted everything he played."
Incidentally, the striking cover design is credited to Muller. There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in French only.
This album was the winner of the presitgious Grand Prix du Disque · Academie Charles Cros.
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 light edgewear and mild discoloration, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings and the album remains perfectly solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.