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Karajan: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Toy Symphony, Vlata - Electrola (gold label)

$7.00 USD

Electrola (LP)

Jacket VG+ / LP NM / German pressing

This handsome LP from EMI / Electrola (1C 063-00 737, German Electrola pressing, gold label, stereo) features Herbert von Karajan in a captivating disc of orchestral favorites with the two orchestras was leading at that time, the Philharmonia and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Included are the following works:

W.A. Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G Major K. 525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

(rec. with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at Grünewald Church, Berlin, on 30 December 1959)

This may be among the most beautiful account of “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” ever recorded – the acoustics of Grünewald Church are extraordinarily rich; there is a warm, resonant halo of sound over the playing that is quite magical – it must be heard.

Leopold Mozart (attr. Haydn): Symphony in C Major “Toy Symphony”

(rec. with the Philharmonia Orchestra at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London, on 28 April 1957)

Franz Liszt: Les Préludes

(rec. with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Kingsway Hall, London, on 17 January 1958)

Bedrich Smetana: Vlata, from Má Vlast

(rec. with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at Grünewald Church, Berlin, on 30 December 1959)

Whether in London or Berlin, Karajan galvanizes his players to magnificent heights – there is as much charm in the “Toy Symphony” as there is power in Les Preludes and poetry in Vlata.

Moreover, the sound throughout is superb – rich, detailed, and sumptuous.

Incidentally, there are superb liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Ekkehart Kroher – printed in German and English. The striking cover photo of Karajan is uncredited.

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 minor wear at corners, as well as slight shelfwear and a bit of edgewear, but that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.

The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.

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