Ormandy: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14 - Philips A 01159 L - stunning!
Jacket NM / LP EX
This beautiful LP from Philips (A 01159 L, Dutch pressing, plum/silver “Minigroove” label – ED1, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a high-octane account of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14, sumptuously recorded in the fine acoustics of the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, on 30 October 1950.
This album was first issued in the USA on Columbia Masterworks ML 4667.
The “Fabulous Philadelphians” play with tremendous verve and color and this must be accounted among the very finest renditions of Berlioz’s masterpieces from the early LP era.
Incidentally, the striking cover art reproduces a detail from J.J. Grandville’s caricature “Concert conducted by Berlioz in 1846”. In lieu of liner notes, the reverse side of the jacket carries a listing (with catalog numbers) of other Philips titles.
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 aging and mild discoloration, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very fine collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not perfectly silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. If you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, rates as an excellent collector's copy.