Karajan/Philharmonia Nutcracker & Swan Lake Suites - Columbia SAXQ 7297 (ED1)
Jacket EX / LP EX
This beautiful LP from Italian Columbia (SAXQ 7297, Italian pressing, blue/silver label – ED1, laminated flipback jacket, stereo) features Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s bewitching accounts of Tchaikovsky’s Suites to Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 and Swan Lake Op. 20a.
Both works were recorded in the fabled acoustics of London’s Kingsway Hall in January 1959 and sound absolutely superb here – warm, but full of detail. This is Karajan at his most charismatic, with the Philharmonia on sweeping, glittering form – truly outstanding!
There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, provided in Italian only. The lovely cover art is similarly uncredited.