Lapsansky: Mozart Piano Concertos No. 11 K. 413 & No. 14 K. 449 - Opus 9100 0934
Jacket GOOD / LP VG / Czech pressing
This superb LP from Opus (9110 0934, Czech pressing, blue label, stereo) features the splendid pianist Marian Lapsansky in supremely eloquent performances of Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 11 in F Major K. 413 and No. 14 in E-flat Major K. 449, both recorded with conductor Bodhan Warchal and the Slovak Chamber Orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic in April and June 1980 (producer: Zdenek Zahradnik / engineer: Gustav Soral). This is vital and brightly poetic playing and comparisons with more famous names, be it Uchida or Perahia are not to Lapsansky’s disadvantage. Moreover, the sound is superb.
Incidentally, the cover art reproduces the unfinished portrait of Mozart undertaken by painter Joseph Lange (1751-1831). The liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket – provided in Czech, German, and English – were written by Etela Carska.
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 edgewear, particuarly at corners, as well as creasing and general edgewear. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects and the album remains solid and presentation worthy – overall, a decent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains enjoyable. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.