Olevsky: Mendelssohn Op. 64 & Bruch Op. 26 Violin Concertos - EMI MPF 6007
Jacket VG / LP EX / English pressing
This excellent LP, a Westminster original recording but licensed by EMI (MFP 6007, “Music for Pleasure” series, English EMI pressing, red/black label, stereo) features Julian Olevsky’s intensely felt performances of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26, both made with conductor Julius Rudel and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, dazzling performances first published on vinyl in 1959.
The superb historical CD label Doremi has begun re-issuing select Olevsky’s recordings, and one can only be grateful, as he is an artist richly deserving of renewed apprecation on disc.
Incidentally, the striking sleeve design was executed by David Warmer. The fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, provided in English and German, are 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 visible ringwear and creasing, as well as some bumping/wear at corners, minute instances of laminate lift and mild discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners', or other defects markings and the album remains solid and presentation worthy – overall, still a decent copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. The surfaces are not always CD silent, but in general the playback is superb – overall, an excellent collector's copy.