Kondrashin: Capriccio Italien & Espagnol - German RCA VICS 1007, stunning sonics
Jacket GOOD / LP NM / German pressing
This handsome and famous LP from RCA (VICS-1007, German Teldec · Telefunken-Decca pressing, red/silver label – ED1, stereo) features Kiril Kondrashin's legendary RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra recordings of music by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, brilliantly recorded in the rich acoustics of Manhattan Center, New York on 29/30 October 1958 (producer: Richard Mohr; engineer: Lewis Layton) – the sound is absolutely stunning.
The violin soloist heard here is the great Oscar Shumsky.
There is an extraordinary frisson to these justly famous performances that have arguably never been surpassed on record, the sound rich, sumptuous, and glittering – one of the great LPs from the 'Golden Age of Stereo'.
The complete contents are as follows:
Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien Op. 45
Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol Op. 34
Incidentally, there are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in English (by Vincent Sheean), as well as in French and German (uncredited). The striking cover art is similarly uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY 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 GOOD. There is crinkling to the upper-right corner, edgewear, creasing, and a small bit of writing. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, still a decent copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Visually, there is a small bit of writing (the number “14”) to the labels. In terms of sound, 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 is a NM collector's copy.