Oistrakh/Ormandy: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Op. 35 - CBS SBRG 72064 (UK)
Jacket EX / LP VG / UK pressing
This handsmoe LP from CBS (SBRG 72064, UK pressing, blue label, stereo, laminated flipback jacket) features David Oistrakh, Eugene Ormandy, and the great Philadelphia Orchestra's extraordinary rendition of Tchaikovskys' Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35, recorded at the Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia on 24 December 1959 – one of the great violin concerto records from the 'Golden Age of Stereo' (producer: Howard Scott).
When CBS Records re-issued the Tchaikovsky with Oistrakh's Sibelius Violin Concerto (also with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra – recorded, incidentally, only 3 days after the latter), the eminent critic Ivan March wrote in the November 1982 issue of The Gramophone:
"David Oistrakh plays these two concertos with the total skill and musicianship which seem as rewarding today as they did 20 years ago. His partners, as it were, are on the numerous side; in the Sibelius, in particular, the Philadelphia strings are both very strong and very impressive. They give the orchestral texture sound in general tremendous tension, given half a chance (and Sibelius sees to that often); but they would in the concert hall make life very difficult for the soloist. Not so on record, where the soloist can be given help; here he needs it in a degree which not everybody will like (TH did not, reviewing the record on its first appearance). The overall sound is somewhat more natural (though not self-evidently therefore better: cannot 'natural' sound have its defects, too?) in the Tchaikovsky. Both concertos need taming a bit, top and bottom alike needing de-boosting to get (again!) a 'natural' sound. But better performances you may never hear; and in spite of their length, and of the generous quantity of sound (in doubleforle) recorded, each concerto is apparently comfortably contained on its own side."
The striking cover portrait of Oistrakh is uncredited. There are superb liner notes (similarly uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only.
This is the British equalivalent to the US Columbia Masterworks issue (MS 6298).
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the laminated flipback jacket is EXCELLENT. There is mild discoloration and light edgewear. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD. Although there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. 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.