Novaes: Schumann Carnaval / Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 (r. 1951) - Vox PL 6710
Jacket EX / LP VG / US pressing
This beautiful LP from Vox (PL 6710, US pressing, black/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the great Guiomar Novaes in magnificent performances of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 and Schumann’s Carnaval Op. 9, both recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, on 11 January 1951. One senses a remarkable interpretative personality behind the playing and these recordings are imbued with a true sense of occasion – exalted pianism by any meausure, with superb sound to match.
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Charles Stanley, printed in English only. The lovely cover art is uncredited, alas.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is minor bumping at corners, as well as some wear and discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Visually, there is a long mark to the Carnaval, but this does not sound. And although 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.