Isabelle van Keulen: Shostakovich Op. 34 (her record debut - "live") - CLAR 335

$55.00 USD


Jacket EX / LP NM

This interesting and rare LP from lordens Viooldagen (CLAR 335, EU pressing, red label, DMM · Direct Metal Mastering, stereo) entitled "Vioolissimo" features the 6 young prize winners from the 1986 "De lordens Viooldagen" Competition, the jury of which was headed by the legendary violinist and Concertgebouw Concertmaster Herman Krebbers.

Among the competition's participants was the young Isabelle van Keulen, in what is surely her debut on record, heard "live" here playing and arrangement for violin and piano of Shostakovich's Preludes Op. 34.

The exact contents are as follows:


Dmitri: Shostakovich: Preludes Op. 34 (arranged for violin and piano)

Isabelle van Keulen, violin and Reinild Mees, piano


Camille Saint-Saëns: Havanaise Op. 83

Sonja Van Beek, violin and Gabriëlle Busch, piano


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major K. 374d

Arielle Adler, violin and Boukje Land, piano


Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Hebe Mensinga, violin and Jeannette Koekkoek, piano


Béla Bartók: Second Rhapsody (Folk Dances 1945)

Saskia Viersen, violin and Arielle Vernède, piano


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Méditation Op. 42 No. 1

Marleen Asberg, violin and Annelies Brinkman, piano

These recordings were made at the Arnold Schoenberg Hall at the Konninklijk Conservatory. The album was produced by Clarison, Heemskerk and the photos gracing the album cover were taken by the great Paul Huf. There are biographical profiles of the six young violinists on the reverse side of the jacket, as well as a full track listing – all texts in Dutch only.


The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is minor corner wear, as well as mild discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' marking, or other faults and the whole remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly 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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