Krips: Dvorak "New World" Sym - Concert Hall M-2224 (Japanese pr.), lovely copy
Jacket NM / Vinyl EX / Japanese pressing
This beautiful LP – a truly fine collector’s copy – from Concert Hall Society (M-2224, Japanese pressing, green/silver label, mono) features conductor Josef Krips and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s thrilling account of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 “From the New World”, recorded circa 1962.
Had this performance appeared on the Decca label, particularly in an SXL imprint, it would no doubt be highly collectable, but because it was made for Concert Hall it has never garnered the renown it deserves. Krisp brings his customary flair and energy to this evergreen score and the fine Zurich Tonhalle players respond with poetry and panache.
Note: Those unfamiliar with Japanese pressings would do well to investigate them – they usually reproduce the original label (as is the case here, the text in English) and the overall production standards – transfer works, artwork, jacket, everything – are immaculate.
There are liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, though these are in Japanese only. The lovely cover photo is uncredited.
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. Aside from some minuscule wear at corners and mild discoloration to the rear panel, the album appears virtually as new. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.