Leinsdorf/BSO: Bartok Concerto for Orchestra (rec. 1962) - RCA Victor LSC-2643
Jacket EX / LP NM / US pressing
This handsome LP from RCA Victor (LSC-2643, US pressing, top dog label, stereo, insert included) features Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s magnificent account of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra Sz116, recorded in the rich acoustics of Symphony Hall, Boston, on 13 October 1962 (producer: Richard Mohr / engineer: Lewis Layton).
Of RCA’s CD re-issue of this performance in its “High Performance” series, the wonderful critic David Breckbill wrote for BBC Music Magazine:
“This disc appears in a series of audiophile reissues from RCA called 'High Performance;' accordingly, the 1962-4 sonics boast a spectacular combination of fullness and detail. The Boston Symphony is in fine form, the brass players featuring their soft-grained, vibrato-laden sound in place of the impervious gleam preferred in other American orchestras. This version of the Bartok has had to live in the shadow of the 1955 Reiner account on the same label, justly acclaimed as one of the great Bartok recordings. Especially in the first three movements the music sounds more idiomatic, well-shaped, and rhythmically alive under Reiner. On the other hand, I can't imagine anyone being seriously disappointed with Leinsdorf, whose approach in the finale is brisker and more fiery. The Kodaly variations are also successfully done, and the booklet reprints a few words the composer himself contributed to liner notes for the original release.”
Included is the full-size, double-sided insert with eloquent liner notes by Joseph Roddy, as well as notes on the recording by producer extraordinaire Richard Mohr. The striking cover photo of Leinsdorf and the great BSO 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 EXCELLENT. There is light discoloration and shelfwear, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners' markings, bends, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.