Kovacs/Ferencsik: Beethoven Violin Concerto Op. 61 - Hungaroton SLPX 11971 (sealed)
Jacket NM / LP MINT (sealed) / Hungarian pressing
This superb – and still-sealed – LP from Hungaroton (SLPX 11971, Hungarian pressing, presumably yellow label, stereo) features the splendid violinist Dénes Kovács in an Olympian account of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61, with János Ferencsik conducting the Hungarian State Concert Orchestra. Kovacs plays with great purity of tone, as well as a supreme sense of the work's architecture. Ferencsik, a conductor commented upon very favorably in Sviatoslav Richter's published diary entries, unfolds the great opening paragraphs of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with consumate mastery, the whole imbued with a tremendous sense of occasion, melding high drama and deep poetry in equal fashion.
This is one of the great accounts of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and deserves to be much better known.
What an outstanding label Hungaroton is – wonderful sound engineering, wonderful artwork, and, of course, wonderful performances. While too many collectors are chasings SXLs, ASDs, and SAXs, many, many treasurable LPs are passed by. This is one of them – a gem.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the still-sealed jacket is near-MINT. There is some minuscule bumping at corners, but that is all and the jacket appears as new – a superb collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is MINT. This is an unplayed, pristine copy – the ideal collector's copy.