Ozim: Vivaldi Trail of Harmony & Invention - Concert Hall SMS 2676 (3LP box set)
Box EX / LPs EX
This lovely 3LP box set from Concert Hall (SMS 2676, Swiss Turicaphon pressing, red/silver label, stereo, booklet included*, cloth box*) features one of the path-finding Vivaldi recordings of the 1950s, that by conductor Dr. David Josefowitz of Vivaldi’s 'Il cimento dell'armonica e dell'inventione' Op. 8 (12 Concertos for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo, including 'The Four Seasons' [Nos. 1-4]). Josefowitz conducts the Collegium Academicum de Geneva with soloists Igor Ozim (violin) and Pierre Rosso (oboe).
At the website Discogs, one can read the following profile of Concert Hall Society Records:
“Concert Hall Society, Inc. was founded in 1946. and announced that it would turn out only 2,000 copies of its albums. Concert Hall cut directly from ‘masters’, eliminating the ‘mother’ and ‘stamper’ discs used for mass production of commercial records. President of Concert Hall was Dr. David Josefowitz.”
*Note: Although the LPs were pressed in Switzerland by Turicaphon, the booklet and box were printed in France.
Vivaldi’s stunning “Trial of Harmony and Invention” includes – in addition to the evergreen “Four Seasons” – such remarkable works as the Concertos “La Tempesta di Mare” and “Il Piacere”. Although ostensibly for violin and string orchestra, in this recording, the Concertos No. 9 in D minor and No. 12 in C Major are given in the version for oboe.
Incidentally, included is a 4-page, full-size booklet with extensive notes on the music in English (by W.A. Chislett) and in German (by Willi Reich).
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of box is EXCELLENT. The lower and upper-right corners of the box top are broken and there are discreet 3” seamsplit to the upper and lower edges of the box bottom. There is also very slight edgewear, more so to the spine. Despite these flaws, the box remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the 4-page, full-size booklet is near-MINT. Really, there are no flaws to speak of and the pages remain bright and crisp – overall, a superb collector’s copy.
The condition of the 3 LPs is EXCELLENT throughout. Though surfaces are not absolutely silent, really these are fine copies and playback is superb. Those requiring flawless or near-MINT copies are advised to look elsewhere. Overall, these are excellent collector's copies.