Ormandy: Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - CBS/Sony Japan SOCT 2
Jacket GOOD / LP NM (Japanese pressing)
This handsome LP from CBS/Sony Japan (SOCT 2, Japanese pressing, white label, stereo, no Obi) entitled “Bach by Ormandy” features the Philadelphia Orchestra and their Music Director in magnificent accounts of Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 4 in B-flat Major Op. 60 and No. 5 in C minor Op. 67, both vividly recorded at Town Hall, Philadelphia, the former on 20 September 1965 and the latter on 14 February 1966.
Though not readily associated with Beethoven (apart from his concerto accompaniments), Ormandy brought the same cogency, vitality, and insight to the Bonn master that he brought to all the music he conducted and both performances are electrifying, the Fourth in particular a magnificent fusion of grace and drama. The “Fabulous Philadelphians” play with unflagging energy and ardor – simply wonderful throughout!
Please note: All titles are in English, but all other texts, including the liner notes, are in Japanese only.
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 a 2” split to the upper edge, as well as general edgewear, more so at corners. Nonetheless, the album remains solid and presentation worthy – not quite a collector’s copy, but still a quite decent one.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT), this is a fine copy and playback is superb. However, if you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP – this is a lovely collector's copy.