Parikian/Goehr: Mozart Violin Concertos K. 207 & K. 219 - MMS-2206, superb copy
Jacket NM / LP NM/ Dutch pressing
This beautiful LP – a superb collector’s copy – from Musical Masterpiece Society (MMS-2206, Dutch pressing*, blue/silver label, mono) features Manoug Parikian’s masterly accounts of Mozart’s Violin Concertos No. 1 in B-flat Major K. 207 and No. 5 in A Major K. 219 “Turkish”, both recorded with conductor Walter Goehr, though with different bands for each work; in K. 207 Goehr directs the Orchestre de L'Association des Concerts Colonne, while he K. 219 he leads the Filharmoniske Sällskapets Orkester, Amsterdam.
These are supremely eloquent performances and one cannot help but wonder if Parikian had appeared playing these same works on a Columbia SAX LP, if his reputation today would not be more celebrated. But for a few outings on Columbia/EMI most of his solo recordings were made on “second tier” labels such as Concert Hall. But he is by no means outclassed by his more famous rivals. Moreover, the redoubtable Goehr offers expert accompaniment and the sound engineering is superb – overall, a very fine recording.
Incidentally, the fine liner notes on the reverse side, provided in Dutch only, were written by Per-Anders Hellquist.
*Note: It is not clear to me where this LP was pressed, whether in Germany, Switzerland, or The Netherlands, but I believe it is the latter, a Dutch pressing.
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 very minor wear at corners, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy and highly attractive – overall, a lovely collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.