Haskil: Mozart Piano Concertos K. 466 & K. 488 (r. 1954) - Philips A 00315 L
Jacket VG+ / LP EX / German pressing
This gramophone classic and beautiful LP from Philips ("Mozart Jubilee Edition" A 00315 L, German pressing, heavy/flat vinyl, plum/silver "Minigroove" label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features that wonderful pianist Clara Haskil in sparkling and radiant accounts of Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 20 in D minor K. 466 and No. 23 in A Major K. 488,
Both were recorded in the warm acoustics of the Musikverein, Vienna in October 1954 with one orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, but two different conductors: in K. 466 Bernard Paumgartner led the VSO while in K. 488 it was Paul Sacher on the podium.
These recordings can withstand the most exalted comparisons, be it with Schnabel, Annie (or Edwin) Fischer, Robert Casadesus, Murray Periaha, Mitsuko Uchida, et al. If this were all that Haskil left us we would still be forever in her debt. Happily, the engineering is superb.
The insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket are by conductor Bernard Paumgartner, printed in German only. The striking cover design is uncredited.
CONDITION OF THE JACKET:
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 minor bumping at corners, slight creasing, as well as discoloration (and a small bit of writing) to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and attractive – overall, a very good 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.