Ormandy: Beethoven "Wellington's Victory" Sym + 1812 Ov - German RCA LSB-4031
Jacket EX / LP NM / German pressing
This handsome LP from RCA (LSB-4031, German pressing, Red Seal label, stereo) features Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in barn-burning performances of Tchaikovsky’s Overture to 1812 Op. 49 and Beethoven’s “Wellington’s Victory” Symphony Op. 91. The latter involved more than 250 musicians, including the Philadelphia Brass Band and the Bells and Chorus of Temple University (Chorus Master: Robert Paige), as well as electronic (and realistic) cannons.
Both performances were recorded on 16 November 1970 and sound absolutely splendid here.
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Uwe Kraemer, printed in German, English, and French. The striking cover art is 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 EXCELLENT+. There is very minor creasing, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, 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 and the playback is superb – overall, this rates as a very fine collector's copy.