Kletzki: Scheherazade Op. 35 - Italian HMV SQIM 6314 (cream/gold stereo)
Jacket VG / LP NM / Italian pressing
This superb LP from Italian HMV/EMI (SQIM 6314, Italian pressing, cream/gold label – ED1, stereo) features Paul Kletzki and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s high-octance account of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Op. 35, with the orchestra’s Concertmaster Hugh Bean the eloquent and charismatic soloist – sumptuously recorded at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London, during 12-14 April 1960.
A remarkably gifted conductor across a very wide range of repertoire, Kletzki was especially potent in the Russian repertoire, as is the case here. This performance can be spoken of in the same breath as those by Beecham, Stokowski, Silverstri, and Kondrashin – wonderful!
In lieu of liner notes, the reverse side of the jacket carries an extensive listing of other titles in this Italian HMV line. The lovely cover art is uncredited.
This recording was produced by Victor Olof and engineered by Douglas Larter.
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 edgewear, more so at corners, as well as aging and discoloration. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – 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.