Ormandy: "The Glorious Sound of Wagner" (Tannhauser, etc.) - Columbia MS 6442
Jacket VG / LP EX / US pressing
This superlative LP from Columbia Masterworks (MS 6442, US pressing, gray “360 Sound” label, stereo) entitled “The Glorious Sound of Wagner” features Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a truly resplendent album of orchestral excerpts – sumptuously recorded in the fine acoustics of the Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia in 1959 (producer: John McClure). Not readily associated with Wagner, Ormandy nonetheless demonstrates his customary unerring mastery here as well, imbuing these works with tremendous drama and atmosphere – a riveting aural and musical experience from first to last – unforgettable!
The exact contents are as follows:
Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III
Siegfried - Waldweben (Forest Murmurs
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Prelude to Act III; Dance of the Apprentices; Entrance of the Meistersingers
Tannhäuser – Overture and Venusberg Music
Incidentally, there are erudite and eloquent notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Max de Schauensee and Edwin H. Schloss, printed in English only. The striking cover photo is credited to H. Betzler of PAF International Ltd.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a slight bumping at corners, minor edgewear, and mild ringwear and discoloration. However, there are seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring flawless or NM surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.