Kertesz/LSO: Kodaly Peacock Vars, Psalmus Hungaricus - Spanish Decca SXL 6497
Jacket NM / LP EX / Spanish pressing
This beautiful LP – note the amazing cover art – from Spanish Decca (SXL 6497, Spanish pressing, black/silver WB label – ED1, stereo, laminated jacket) features conductor Istvan Kertesz and the London Symphony Orchestra's high-octane all-Kodaly album, recorded in the rich acoustics of London's Kingsway Hall during 2* and 5** July 1969 and 8-9 September 1970 (producer: Christopher Raeburn / engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson and Colin Moorfoot).
The exact contents are as follows:
Variations on a Hungarian Folksong "The Peacock"*
> with the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus (Chorus Director: Arthur Oldham)
Psalmus Hungaricus Op. 13
> with tenor Lajos Kozma, the Wadsworth School Boys' Choir (Chorus Director: Russell Burgess) and the Brighton Festival Chorus (Chorus Director: László Heltay)
There are superlative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Colin Matthews, printed in Spanish only. The chorus texts are provided in the original Hungarian and in Spanish translation. The remarkable cover art is uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is minor bumping at corners, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners' markings, bends, or other defect and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, this is a lovely collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT++. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. If you must have flawless or NM surfaces then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.