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Magaloff: Stravinsky Concerto & Capriccio for Piano & Orchestra - Decca LXT 5154

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Jacket VG / LP EX / UK pressing

This beautiful LP from Decca (LXT 5154, English pressing, orange/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists, laminated flipback jacket) features pianist Nikita Magaloff’s masterly renditions of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments and the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (revised version, 1949).

The exact track list is as follows:

Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1923-1924)

A1

  1. Largo - Allegro

A2

  1. Larghissimo

A3

  1. Allegro

Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929) Revised version 1949

B1

  1. Presto

B2

  1. Andante rapsodico

B3

  1. Allegro cappriccioso ma tempo giusto

Almost 60 years on, both performances can still vie with any version recorded since. Both pianist and conductor are wholly inside Stravsinky’s soundworld and there is a “rightness” about these accounts that silences nearly all criticism. Needless to say, the sound is first rate.

Both were recorded with conductor Ernest Ansermet and the l’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in the rich acoustics of Victoria Hall, Geneva, in October 1955.

This album was produced by Victor Olof and engineered by Gil Went. The lovely cover photo / design is uncredited. There are insightful liner notes (similarly uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.

CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

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 chipping and cracking along the spine and bumping/wear at corners. 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 EXCELLENT. Though there is occasional light surface noise, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, if you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.

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