Max Rudolf: Mendelssohn "Reformation" + Berwald "Singulière” - MCA MUCS 101
Jacket EX / Vinyl VG+ / UK pressing
This lovely LP from MCA (MUCS 101, English pressing, purple/silver label, stereo) features conductor Max Rudolf and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in magnificent accounts of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 107 “Reformation” and Franz Berwald’s Symphony No. 3 in C Major “Singulière”, both warmly recorded in May 1967.
Rudolf was a gifted, and quite under-rated conductor, one whose recorded legacy is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation.
There are insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Joseph Sagmaster, printed in English only. The beautiful cover photo is stated as “Church at sunset near Stockholm, Sweden” (photographer uncredited). This album was produced by Israel Horowitz.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is slight discoloration and minor wear at corners, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD+. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.