Horenstein: Stravinsky Le sacre du printemps + Firebird Suite - Vox PL 10.430 (UK)
Jacket VG- / LP EX / UK pressing
This beautiful and rare LP from Vox (PL 10.430, English pressing, heavy vinyl, black/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists, original inner sleeve included) features Jascha Horenstein and the Südwestfunkorchester Baden-Baden (SWF: Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra) Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps (Sacred Rite of Spring) and L’oiseau d’feu (Firebird Suite, 1919).
Both works were recorded in Stuttgart in 1957, readings that are powerfully symphonic in scope, versus balletic, but with no loss of color or rhythmic bite. They were not well received in The Gramophone, but their stature increases with repeated listening. Horenstein knew what he was after, and got it.
Indeed, this truly remarkable conductor brought a penetrating musicianship to all that he conducted. Moreover, the SWF Orchestra, as was always the case, plays magnificently, producing a beautiful patina of sound, with no lack of rhythmic bite or power.
Vox is too often regarded as a budget label, one offering thrift-edition performances to a wide audience, rather than “A” List recordings to the cognoscenti. However, their catalog boasted any number of remarkable artists, with the legendary Horenstein certainly among them.
Incidentally, the striking cover art was executed by Gitta Nallasz. There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, in English only, by John S. Weissmann.
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 laminated flipback jacket is VERY GOOD. There is wear at corners, as mild discoloration, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and attractive in appearance – 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 playback is superb, close to NM. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.