Mravinsky: Shostakovich 10th - Concert Hall GMBH CHS-1313 (rare German edition)
Jacket VG / LP NM
This handsome LP – a familiar recording in a rare pressing – from Concert Hall (CHS-1313, LP pressed in the US / jacket printed in Germany, plum/silver label, mono) features conductor Evgeni Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic’s towering account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E minor Op. 93, recorded in Leningrad on 24 April 1954.
Though there have been fine recordings of this masterpiece since, not least by Mravinsky himself, this pioneering account remains very special, imbued with a trenchant power and frisson second to none – a landmark in the Shostakovich discography even sixty years on.
There are no liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, nor is the cover art credited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of paper jacket is VERY GOOD. There is bumping at corners, creasing, and a small bit of writing to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and attracitve – overall, a very good collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.