Munch/BSO: Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (rec. 1950) - LVSM FALP 144 (ED1)
Jacket VG / LP EX / French pressing
This beautiful LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 144, heavy French pressing red/silver label – ED1, mono – no stereo version exists) features Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's magnificent account of Brahms's Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 90, recorded in the fabled acoustics of Symphony Hall, Boston on 10 and 11 April 1950.
This handsome LP from RCA Victor (LM-1086, US pressing, plum dog label; 1S/4S stampers, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's magnificent account of Brahms's Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 90, recorded in the fabled acoustics of Symphony Hall, Boston on 10 and 11 April 1950.
Fine as Munch and the BSO's much more familiar stereo re-make is, also for RCA (rec. 27 October 1958) this earlier reading has a tensile strenght, impregnable rhythmic drive, and rich Brahmsian tone that is simply stunning – one of "Le Beau Charles's" great discs.
There are extensive liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The striking cover design is similarly uncredited.
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 edgewear, more so at corners, as well as some discoloration, but really that is all. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects and the jacket remains solid, bright, and very handsome in appearance – overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not perfectly silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring flawless or NM surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.