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Maazel/Cleveland O: Overtures in Hi-Fi: Decca 635383 DX (2LP box) - like new

$15.00 USD

Decca (LP)

Box NM / LPs NM / German pressing

This beautiful 2LP box set – a like-new collector's copy – from Decca (635383 DX, German pressing, blue label, stereo, booklet included) entitled "Overtures in Hi-Fi Vol. 3" features conductor Lorin Maazel and the brilliant Cleveland Orchestra in high-octane performances of music by Verdi, Beethoven, Berlioz, Glinka, Brahms, and Rossini, all recorded in audiophile demonstration quality sound – with his Porgy and Bess and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, these were among the finest recordings to have come out of Maazel's distinguished tenure.

The complete discographic contents are as follows:

Verdi: Ballabile, from Act III of Otello

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 15 July 1974

Verdi: Ballo della regina "La Peregrina", from Act III of Don Carlos

(with Daniel Majewski, solo violin)

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 15 July 1974

Verdi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), from Act III of I vespri siciliani

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 15 July 1974

Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 26 August 1975

Beethoven: Overtures to the Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 26 August 1975

Berlioz: Le carnaval romain overture (Roman Carnival Overture) Op. 9

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 26 August 1975

Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 26 August 1975

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture Op. 80

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 4 October 1976

Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)

> rec. at Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland on 26 August 1975

Wrote The Gramophone in its December 1976 review: "Brilliance is the keynote here, both in playing and recording. Maazel's charisma comes over at its most exciting in the Roman Carnival and in The Force of Destiny (a gripping performance) the great, arching string tune is superbly done. Beethoven's Creatures of Prometheus is also impressive and "Gaudeamus igitur" at the end of the Brahms is not often heard with this degree of student fervour."

Incidentally, the full-size, 4-page booklet is included, with extensive notes on the music – in German only – by Jürgen Kesting.

CONDITION:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the box is near-MINT. There is a small bit of cracking (@ 1" and not a split) on one side of the box, but that is all. There are no flaws to speak of and the box appears almost as new – a truly exceptional collectors copy.

The condition of the full-size 4-page booklet is EXCELLENT. Although it does betray some evidence of handling, the pages remain bright and crisped and are unmarked – overall, an excellent collector's copy.

The condition of the 2 LP is near-MINT throughout and both play without defect – superb collector's copies.

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