Leon Spierer: Beethoven Violin Concerto (ed. Kolisch) - Schwann VMS 2071
Jacket: VG / Vinyl: NM / German pressing
his fascinating gatefold LP from Schwann · Musica Mundi (VMS 2071, German pressing, yellow label, stereo) features Berlin Philharmonic Concermaster Leon Spierer in what is touted as the 'original' version of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61, based on scholarship undertaken by legendary violinist and musician Rudolf Kolisch and on a collaboration made with conductor René Leibowitz for a special broadcast commissioned in 1964 by Zurich Radio. The finer liner notes explain Kolisch's viewpoint more fully, but one of his main arguments is that the Concerto Op. 61 was never intended for a virtuoso soloist, but rather was conceived more as a sinfonia concertante.
The present broadcast recording was made in anticipation of the 1970 Beethoven bicententary, taped by Hessischen Rundfunks on 31 October 1971 with Spierer accompanied by conductor Hermann Michael and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. This is a fascinating interpretation very much worthy of close study. Intended as a sinfonia concertante or no, Spierer plays with individual and consummate mastery.
The insightful liner notes were written by Hansjörg Pauli and are provided in English, French, and German. The striking cover design was exectued by Ursula and Peter Kahrl.
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 a bit of fraying to the laminate along the open edge of the jacket, as well as discoloration and minor creasing. However, there are no seamplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.