Hindemith: Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Bach, etc. (choral works) - Overtone LR 4
Jacket NM / LP EX / US pressing
This fascinating LP from Overtone (LR 4, US pressing, plum/silver label, mono, libretto and Overtone Records catalog included) features Vol. 1 in a Yale University concert series capturing composer Paul Hindemith in “live” recordings with the Collegium Musicum School of Music, here in an exploration of the madrigal via choral works by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Weelkes, and Gesualdo.
Hindemith, among his myriad other accompishments, was Visiting Professor of Music Theory at Yale during the 1940/41 academic year. In the following year he was appointed Professor of the Theory of Music and in 1948 became Chair, Battell Professor of the Theory of Music.
These remarkable performances were recorded “live” at Sprague Memorial Hall, Yale University, on 14 May 1953, the year the composer resigned his posts at Yale.
Included are the following works:
Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata
O Care, thou wilt despatch me; Hence Care, thou art too cruel
A Sparrow-Hawk proud
Dolcissima mia vita
Io pur respiro
J.S. Bach: Motet, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Included is an original copy of a small 4-page Overtone Records catalog listing other issues on the label. Also included are the full vocal texts in the original language and in English translation.
Incidentally, ther are excellent liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The striking cover art is similarly uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is minuscule bumping at corners and the mildest shelfwear, but really that is all. Otherwise, the album appears almost as new. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring flawless or NM surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.