Marriner: Mozart K. 525 + K. 364 (Loveday/Shingles) - Argo ZRG 769 - superb copy
Jacket VG / LP NM
This handsome and rarther elusive LP from Argo (ZRG 679, English Decca pressing, green/silver box label, stereo, front laminated jacket) features Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in a vital, festive, and poetic all-Mozart program, warmly recorded at St. John's, Smith Square, London, during 27-30 October 1970.
The exact program is as follows:
Serenade No. 13 in G Major K. 525 "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
Symphony No. 32 in G Major K. 319
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E-flat Major K. 364
> with Alan Loveday, violin and Stephen Shingles, viola
The lovely cover art reproduces "Fête Galante" by Jean Baptiste Joseph Pater. There are excellent liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Stephen Walsh, printed in English only.
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 bumping at corners, minor bowing at the top edge, light edgewear, and mild discoloration. However, there are no seamsplits, owners marking, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and very attractive – in all, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although the surfaces are not completely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT), really this is a very fine copy and playback is superb. However, if you must have absolutely perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a lovely collector's copy.