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I Musici: Barber, Bartok, Britten, Respighi (r. 1969): Philips 6580 045, superb!

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Philips (LP)

Jacket VG- / LP NM / Dutch pressing

This superb LP from Philips (6580 045, Dutch pressing, blue/silver label, stereo, promo copy) features the crack ensemble I Musici in a dazzling 20th Century music program, recorded in the warm acoustics of the Bachzaal, Amsterdam, on 29 June 1969.

The exact contents are as follows:

Barber: Adagio for Strings Op. 11 (from the String Quartet in B minor Op. 11)

Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto – Suite III

Bartok: Roumanian Folk Dances Sz. 68 (transcribed for orchestra by Arthur Wilner)

            > with Roberto Michelucci, solo violin

Britten: Simple Symphony Op. 4

Much more readily associated with music of the Baroque era, particularly that of Vivaldi, the amazing I Musici prove no less compelling here, imbuing these works with palpable verve and, when called for, tremendous delicacy. Nor can they be found in the least bit wanting from an interpretative standing, playing with great insight, wholly inside each composer’s sound world. Philips’ engineering is absolutely first rate throughout – a tremendous album.

There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Albert Einstein, printed in German only. The striking cover art is uncredited, alas.

CONDITION:

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 edgewear, more so at corners, as well as light shelfwear, but that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.

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This handsome LP – an as new collector’s copy – from Decca (6.416382, German Teldec · Telefunken-Decca pressing, blue label, stereo) features Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s magnificent account of Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben Op. 40, recorded in the spacious acoustics of Royce Hall, Los Angeles on 3 May 1968.

The splendid violin soloists heard here is LAPO Concertmaster David Frisina. Mehta’s Los Angeles tenure remains the highpoint of his large discography, with one memorable recording after another – an inspired partnership.

Produced by Ray Minshull and engineered by Gordon Parry and James Lock, the sound is of demonstration quality – stunning!

There are fine liner notes on the reverse side, printed in German only. The striking cover photo was taken by Christian Steiner.

CONDITION:

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. Really, there are no flaws to speak of and the jacket appear as new – overall, a lovely collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.

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