Loewenguth Quartet: Ravel & Debussy String Quartets (rec. 1953) - DG LPM 18312
Jacket GOOD / LP NM
This handsome and rather rare LP from Deutsche Grammophon (LPM 18312, German pressing, AH tulip label, mono – no stereo version exists) features the Loewenguth-Quartett, Paris' radiant accounts of Debussy's String Quartet in G minor Op. 10 and Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, winner of the Paris Grand Prix du Disque.
Both performances were warmly recorded in the fine acoustics of the Beethoven-Saal, Hannover – the former on 31 March 1953, and the latter on 24 June 1953.
At this time the Loewenguth Quartet was comprised of Alfred Loewenguth (1st Violin), Maurice Fueri (2nd Violin), Roger Roche (Viola), and Pierre Basseux (Cello).
These performances can withstand the most exalted comparisons, be it with the Quartets Budapest, Melos, Italiano, Alban Berg, et al. The sound is of DG's finest analog quality.
The reverse side of the jacket carries insightful liner notes by Klaus Wagner, provided in German, English, French, and Spanish. The striking cover design is uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is edgewear, more so at the corners, as well as light discoloration and a former dealer's sticker to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, 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 itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly 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.