Kostelanetz: Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 - Columbia CL 804
Jacket NM / LP VG+ / US pressing
This lovely LP – a beautiful collector’s copy – from Columbia (CL 804, US pressing, red 6eye label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features conductor André Kostelanetz and His Orchestra in a bewitching selection of sequences from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty Op. 66, sumptuously recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, on 13 October 1954. Kostelanetz, not unlike Fiedler, remains under-rated and there are recordings of supreme stature in his large discography – certainly his presentation of Sleeping Beauty is a glittering affair, with a stirring slavic ardor, mixing moments of tenderness and panache.
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 slight bumping at corners, as well as a minor scuff to the front panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and very striking in appearance – overall, this rates as a handsome collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD+. Though the surfaces are not CD silent, in general the playback is excellent. However, those requiring flawless or near-MINT surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.