Leinsdorf/BSO: Brahms Symphony No. 2 (rec. 1964) - RCA LSC-2809
Jacket VG- / LP NM / US pressing
This handsome LP from RCA (LSC-2809, US pressing, white dog label, stereo, original inner sleeve included) features conductor Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an exalted account of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 72, recorded in the rich acoustics of Symphony Hall, Boston, in December 1964.
Although Leinsdorf could sometimes be a rather austere (some would say po-faced) podium presence, when he is “on”, the fire burned very brightly indeed and he was capable of galvanizing superlative performances from whatever orchestra was before him. These are richly burnished, replendent readings, wholly inside Brahms sound world and well recorded.
This album was produced by Richard Mohr and engineered by Lewis Layton. There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by John N. Burk, Program Annotator for tbe BSO, printed in English only. The striking 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 VERY GOOD-. There is edgewear, particularly at corners, as well as a small bit of writing and discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other faults, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.