Nyiregyhazi: Deux Legendes, Ballade No. 2, etc (r. 1973/4) - Telefunken 6.42626
Jacket EX / LP NM / German pressing
This beautiful gatefold LP set – a superb collector's copy – from Telefunken in association with the International Piano Archives, Maryland and Desmar (6.42626 AW, German pressing, blue label, stereo) features the remarkable, enigmatic Ervin Nyiregyhazi in a series of Liszt selections recorded in 1973/74 – mesmerizing and evocative performances unlike any other.
Included are the following works of Liszt with timings in parentheses:
En Rêve (Nocturne) S. 207 (2:17)
Ballade No. 2 in B minor S. 171 (16:44)
Sunt lacrymae rerum, en mode hongrois S. 163, No. 5 from Années de Pèlerinage, Troisième Année (7:57)
Abschied (for Alexander Siloti) S. 251 (3:43)
> above selections recorded in Los Angeles in September 1974
Deux Légendes S. 175
- St. François d'Assise "La Prédication aux oiseaux" (13:66)
- St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots (9:55)
> above selections recorded 'live' in San Francisco on 6 May 1973
The inner panels of the gatefold sleeve reprint, in English and German, Gregor Benko's eloquent appreciation of Nyiregyhazi's artistry and his encounter with the elusive pianist.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the gatefold jacket is EXCELLENT. There is a small price sticker to the rear panel and some mild shelfwear, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely 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.