Igor Oistrakh: Beethoven Op 61 + dance disc - rare Hoover Corp. 2LP promo. issue
Slipcase EX / LPs VG / French pressing
This extraordinarily rare, one-of-a-kind, 2 LP set – issued, no less, by Hoover (XPMX 2001/2, French Pathé-Marconi pressing, blue/silver and red/silver labels, mono, double “baguette”-style jacket, twin dowel spines) features a little-known 2-disc promotional set produced for french branch of The Hoover Company, the American domestic applicance manufacturer most famous for their household vacuums. A limited edition set, this copy is numbered 293.
This set employs a unique design, which the present writer has never encountered before, consisting of twin dowel spines housed in a single “baguette”-style jacket. One LP is devoted to “Classique”, the other to “Danse”. the set is very handsome with its bold primary colors and the Pathe-Marconi pressings are of the same immaculate quality as any in their catalog.
This is a remarkable issue, as potentially interesting to LP collectors as to those who collect American memorabilia, though here with a French twist.
The exact contents are as follows:
XPMX 2002 “Classique”
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61
> with Igor Oistrakh
Igor Oistrakh’s under-rated account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61, was recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London on 18 March 1957 with conductor Wilhelm Schüchter and The Pro Arte Orchestra.
The recordings of Oistrakh fils should never automatically be considered inferior to Oistrakh pere and Columbia’s provident decision to record him, if undoubtedly prompted by their relationship with his illustrious father, was nonetheless rewarded and Igor’s discography with the English label very much deserves systematic re-issue and renewed apprecation on disc.
For my money, David Oistrakh was a touch too reticent in this concerto, excepting his ‘live’ account with Abendroth (on a Tahra CD). Igor is more assertive here, with no want of poetry when called for – a really superb reading. Incidentally, I. Oistrakh plays Kreisler’s cadenzas.
XPMX 2001 “Danse”
Teddy Martin: Down Las Vegas Way
Gilberto Clavel: Desafinado
Chats sauvages: Sherry
Gilberto Clavel: Samba de uma nota so
Les chats sauvages: Tout le monde twiste
Guy Laffitte: Madison a St. Tropez
Cha cha boys: Trompette cha cha cha
Teddy Martin: Twisting the Twist
José Granados: Caminito
Bill Coleman: Pennies from Heaven
Los Galantes: Si tienes que partir
Franck Pourcel: T’aimer follement
José Granados: Paciencia
Dario Foranca: El bodeguero
Franck Pourcel: Laura
Los Galantes: Negra consentida
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 “baguette”-like slipcase is EXCELLENT. There is minor edgewear and mild discoloration, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the whole remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector’s copy.
The condition of the two dowel spines is EXCELLENT – really, there are no flaws to speak of.
The condition of the 2 LPs is VERY GOOD. Alhough there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting flawless or near-mint copies are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, these are very good collector's copies.