Munch/BSO: Beethoven 5th / Schubert 8th - German RCA LM-1923 (plum/silver)
Jacket VG / Vinyl EX / German pressing
This outstanding LP from German RCA (LM-1923, German Telefunken-Decca pressing, plum/silver label, mono, stitched-seam, top-opening laminated sleeve) features Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's resounding accounts of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 and Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor D. 759, both recorded on 2 May 1955 in the glowing acoustics of Symphony Hall.
Wrote David Hurwitz, esteemed Editor of ClassicsToday.com: "The 'Unfinished' is scarcely less fine [then Munch's account of Schubert's Ninth]. Of course, it's a more elegiac piece to begin with, but Munch shows that darkness needn't preclude drama, and the orchestral winds positively glow in the Andante (as they also would a couple of decades later under Jochum)." Under Munch's baton, Beethoven's Fifth boasts a cogent power and thrilling grandeux, with the BSO rising to the occasion, truly inspired by their charismatic maestro.
And the sound is magnificent; indeed, these German Decca/Telefunken pressings are truly superb.
Incidentally, on the reverse side of the jacket are printed excellent liner notes in German (by Dr. Hans Koeltzsch) and English (by Radio Corporation of America).
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 minor wear and discoloration along the edges, as well as faint ringwear and mild discoloration. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains extremely solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. While there are a few slightly noisy passages, a few very soft tics, but in general the playback is superb. However, those needing a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.