Horenstein/VSO: Dvorak Sym No. 9 - Trianon 30.006 ('50s pressing, rare)
Jacket VG / LP VG / French pressing
This handsome and quite rare LP, licensed from Vox and issued by Trianon* (30.006, French pressing, gray Lyre label, mono – no stereo edition exists, laminated flipback jacket) features conductor Jascha Hornestein and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra’s glorious account of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 “From the New World”, made in Vienna in 1952.
*Note: This is not a late ‘60s, early ‘70s Trianon pressing more familiar to collector’s as a mid-price EMI re-issue, but a thick mid-1950s pressing, quite rare in this imprint.
Wrote the critic A.P. in his review for the November 1953 issue of The Gramophone: “Previous New Worlds" have not been altogether satisfactory ; but the present Vox issue is more than acceptable, and the best of the three LP versions available. The Decca one (New Symphony Orchestra under Jorda) is unidiomatic, and dimly recorded. Kubelik's with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (a Mercury recording released in England by H.M.V.) could not be called dim—on the contrary, for a good deal of the time the tone has an almost unnatural brightness. But Kubelik overplays the work. The larghetto is fast, insensitively fast ; the outer movements are driven. Jascha Horenstein, with far less daemonic energy, almost leisurely at times, elicits in fact a performance of far greater vitality—because his phrases are sensitively and feelingly shaped. A comparison of the opening passages of the third movement is an easy and fair one to make—and decisive in favour of the Vienna disc. The Vox recording is excellent ; if it never quite achieves the startling brilliance of Mercury's living presence," it is also free from the faults of the H.M.V. record (See A.R.'s review of last March for these). This is a performance one could live with.”
Incidentally, on the reverse side of the jacket are printed excellent liner notes – in French only – by Maurice Roche. The front cover art is uncredited.
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 bumping/wear at corners, a small tear to the lower-right corner, and some edgewear. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though the surfaces are not absolutely silent, and there are some tics (nothing repetitive), playback remains enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or NM copy, however, are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.