Ormandy: "A Festival of Marches" (rec. 1962/63) - Columbia MS 6474, superb copy
Jacket NM / LP EX / US pressing
This fine LP from Columbia Masterworks (MS 6474, US pressing, gray “360 Sound” label, stereo) entitled “A Festival of Marches” featues conductor Eugene Ormandy and the Philhadelphia Orchestra in a fascinating collection of marches, some very well-known and others seldom heard either in the concert hall or on record. This ingenious program, produced by Thomas Frost, was recorded at Town Hall, Philadelphia in February 1963, unless otherwise noted.
The exact contents are as follows:
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Giacomo Meyerbeer: Coronation March, from Le Prophète
Ludwig van Beethoven: Turkish March, from The Ruins of Athens Op. 113
Charles Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
Traditional (arr. Morton Gould): American Salute (“When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)
Giuseppe Verdi: Grand March, from Aida
Georges Bizet: March of the Toreadors, from Carmen
Victor Herbert: March of the Toys, from Babes in Toyland
Franz Schubert: March Militaire in D Major D. 733 (Op. 51 No. 1)
Sergei Prokofiev: March, from The Love for Three Oranges
Johann Strauss I: Radetzky Marsch Op. 228
Lev Knipper: Meadowlands, from the Symphony No. 4 in D Major Op. 41 “Poem of the Komsomol Fighter”
> rec. in Salt Lake City, Utah, in May 1962
Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Incidentally, the cover art is credited to Condak. On the reverse side of the jacket, in addition to notes on each March, there is an engaging introduction by producer Thomas Frost.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is slight bumping at corners, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a truly fine collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring CD silent surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.