Jochum/Bavarian RSO: Schubert Symphony No. 9 "Great" - DG LPM 18497
Jacket GOOD+ / LP NM / German pressing
This handsome and somewhat little-known LP from Deutsche Grammophon (LPM 18497, German pressing, AH tulip label, mono) features conductor Eugen Jochum and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s resplendent account of Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major D. 944 “Great”, recorded in the rich acoustics of the Herkulessaal, Munich, on 12 February 1958.
While Jochum’s Bruckner, Beethoven, Brahms, and Haydn are well-known quatities, this Schubert Ninth cannot be said to have enjoyed such equal renown, a pity given how fine the performance actually is – spacious, strong, with well-sprung rhythms and the Bavarian RSO on simply glorious form. Moreover, DG provides warm, analog sound – a wonderful disc.
There are superlative liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English, German, and French.The striking cover art is simlarly 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 GOOD-. There is a small tear to the upper-left corner, as well as discoloration, aging, and light ringwear. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, still a decent 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.