Lympany: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 (r. 1952) - Decca LXT 2701, fine copy
Jacket EX / LP EX / UK pressing
This beautiful LP from Decca (LXT 2701, English pressing, orange/gold label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features one of the great Rachmaninov interpreters of the last century, Moura Lympany, in a magnificent account of the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30, recorded with conductor Anthony Collins and the New Symphony Orchestra.
Set down in the fabled acoustics of London’s Kingsway Hall on 27 and 29 May 1952 (produced by John Culshaw and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson), this recording has a glow about it that only adds to the deep Russian ardor underpinning the entire work.
There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The striking cover design is similarly uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the laminated flipback jacket is EXCELLENT. There is minor bumping at corners and mild discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. Really, this is close to NM. There are no bends, seampslits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a truly excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.