Menuhin/Furtwangler: Brahms Violin Concerto (Lucerne, 1949) - LVSM FALP 122
Jacket GOOD / LP VG
This beautiful and rare LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 122, French pressing, red/silver "Large Dog" semi-circle label, mono, glossy laminated flipback jacket) features Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Furtwängler's justly famous account of Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 77, recorded with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra during 29-31 August 1949 at the Kunsthaus.
There is a strength and beauty to this performance that is quite special. The Lucerne Festival seems to have been a special venue for both men and the playing is on an exalted level from first to last – unforgettable. Incidentally, the oboe soloist in the II Adagio was played by Edgar Shann. This recording was produced by Walter Legge. The sound is truly remarkable - one can clearly hear the hall of the great Kunsthaus.
Incidentally, the striking cover art is by Vecou, while the fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, provided in French only, are by Jose Bruyr.
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 edgewear, particularly to the spine and at corners, as well as creasing and discoloration. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, and very attractive – overall, still a decent copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains excellent. 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.