Ivaldi/Debost/Boufil: Chamber music of Carl Maria von Weber - Columbia FCX 1053 (ds)
This lovely LP from Columbia (FCX 1053, French Pathe-Marconi pressing, blue/slver label, mono, “baguette”-style jacket, dowel spine) features a triptych of brilliant chamber music works by Carl Maria von Weber, here brought off with winning style by three of the leading French musicians of the day: pianist Christian Ivaldi, flutist Michel Debost, and cellist Paul Boufil.
The exact contents are as follows, all works by Carl Maria von Weber:
Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano in G minor Op. 63
Sonata for Flute and Piano No. 3 in D minor
Sonata for Flute and Piano No. 6 in C Major
These remarkable performances were warmly recorded at the Salle Wagram, Paris, on 1 March 1965 and sound truly splendid here.
Incidentally, the lovely cover art reproduces a detail from “Paysage avec Mercure et Argus” by Nicolas Poussin. There are insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Marcel Marnat and are provided in French only.
With packaging, this particular issue will weigh over 500 g. This means that outside of Europe the cost for shipping is about $22 USD, and that is just for standard airmail. Certified airmail (with a tracking number) costs $25 USD.
Those in doubt can visit the Spanish postal website (Correos.com), which is available in English. Although this listing states “free” shipping, it is not really free, of course. I have to pay for shipping like everyone else.
Anyway, all this to say that those who feel the price is high need to take the cost of shipping into account. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to write and I will be happy to help. Thank you.
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 heavy cardboard “baguette”-style jacket is near-MINT. There is minor corner wear, a minor scuff to the front panel, and mild discoloration to the rear panel, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this is a very fine collector's copy.
The condition of the dowel spine is NM – a fine 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.