Karajan/VPO: Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - RCA LD 2351 (Soria Ed.)
Jacket EX / LP NM
This handsome LP from RCA (LD 2351, US pressing, shaded dog label – 3S/1S stampers, original inner sleeve and full-size booklet included, cloth textured jacket) features the lavish Soria Edition of Herbert von Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's magisterial account of Brahms's Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68, sumptuously recorded in the rich acoustics of the Sofiensaal, Vienna, in March 1959 – arguably Karajan's finest commercial recording of a work that was a cornerstone of his immense repertoire.
Included is an impressive 4-page, full-size booklet, generously illustrated, with eloquent and erudite liner notes by writer Joseph Wechsberg – all texts in English only. The memorable cover art reproduces a detail from an aquarelle of Vienna by Rudolf von Alt.
This album was produced by the great Decca team of John Culshaw and James Brown.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is slight bumping/wear to the lower two corners, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the booklet is NM – really no flaws to speak of, a superb 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.