Menuhin/Bath FO: Mozart Violin Concerti K.216 & K.219: Electrola STE 91140 (w/g)
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / German pressing
This lovely LP from Electrola (STE 91140, German pressing, white/gold label – ED1, stereo) features Yehudi Menuhin's wonderfully fresh accounts of Mozart's Violin Concertos No. 3 in G Major K. 216 and No. 5 in A Major K. 219 "Turkish", both made at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London on 14 June 1961 and 26 July 1961, with Menuhin leading the estimable Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra from the violin – lovely from first bar to last.
Wrote critic R.G. in his March 1981 review for The Gramophone: "This was the first record to be issued of Menuhin's four-disc recording of all the Mozart violin concertos (which included the Concertone, K190 and the two concertos of questionable authenticity, K268 and 271a, but not the three isolated concerto movements, K261, 269 and 373), and it is good to have it back in circulation again. What gives these performances their special character is their chamber-music intimacy and the rapport between soloist and orchestra. Menuhin himself is in excellent form, and his ravishing playing in both slow movements (particularly that of K216) amply compensates for a little untidiness in the finale of K219 and for the excessive length and questionable style of the two first-movement cadenzas (by Sam Franko in K216 and by Menuhin himself in K219). The recording sounds remarkably fresh for its years."
Incidentally, the lovely cover art reproduces Antoine Watteau’s “Le Mezzetin ou le Donneur de Sérénades”. The excellent liner notes on the reverse side, in German only, are by Karl Schumann.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD. There is a fair amount of edgewear, particularly to the spine and at corners, as well as some discoloration and ringwear to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and very striking in appearance – overall, a decent 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.