Karajan/Philharmonia: Bartok Concerto for Orchestra - Columbia 33CX 1054
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / UK pressing
This handsome LP from Columbia (33CX 1054, English pressing, blue/gold label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra's high-octane account of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Sz 116, recorded in November 1952 and July 1953 in the fabled acoustics of London's Kingsway Hall (producer: Walter Legge / engineer: Douglas Larter). Not the first on record, but among the earliest on LP, with Karajan demonstrating clear mastery of a score that was then only 8 years old. The Philharmonia, arguably then the world's finest orchestra, play brilliantly for him, every department shining.
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 bumping and a fair amount of wear at corners, as well as some spotting/discoloration to the front panel, and slight creasing. However, there are no seamsplits or owners' markings and the album remains very solid, bright, glossy, and attractive – overall, a good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. The surfaces are not always CD silent, but in general the playback is superb – overall, an excellent collector's copy.