Munch/BSO: Schumann "Spring" Symphony + "Manfred" Overture - German RCA LSC-2474
Jacket GOOD / LP NM / German pressing
This lovely LP from German RCA (LSC-2474, German Teldec · Telefunken-Decca pressing, red/silver "Living Stereo" label, original inner sleeve included) features Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's vital account of Schumann's Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major Op. 38 'Spring', recorded at Symphony Hall, Boston on 5 December 1959.
Filling out the disc – and set down during this same recording session – is an equally impressive rendition of Schumann's Manfred Overture Op. 115. 'Le Beau Charles' and the BSO have been equalled in Schumann's First Symphony perhaps only by Bernstein/NYPO and Sawallisch/Dresden Staatskapelle. This is exalted music-making by any measure and the RCA engineering is in the demonstration class – simply wonderful.
Incidentally, there are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in English (by Cyrus W. Durgin, Drama and Music Editor of the Boston Globe), as well as in French and German (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 GOOD. There is a fair amount of edgewear, particularly at corners, as well as some small chips, creases, and a bit of ring wear (more so to the rear panel). There is also a 1 ½” seamsplit to the lower-right edge. However, there are no owners' markings or other flaws, and the whole remains solid and presentation worthy – overall, still a decent copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT and the playback is superb – overall, this rates as a very fine collector's copy.