Parikian: Mozart Violin Concerti K. 216 & K. 218 - Musical Masterpiece Society MMS-2092
Jacket EX / LP EX / German pressing
This beautiful LP from Musical Masterpiece Society (MMS-2092, German pressing, blue/silver label, mono) features Manoug Parikian’s masterly accounts of Mozart’s Violin Concertos No. 3 in G Major K. 216 and No. 4 in D Major K. 218, both recorded with conductor Walter Goehr and the Hamburg Chamber Orchestra. 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 striking cover art was designed by Ivan Cheumayeff, while the fine liner notes on the reverse side, provided in German only, were written by Dr. Joseph Braunstein.
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. The only flaws barring a MINT, or at least near-MINT, grading concern some minor edgewear along the spine and some small bumping at corners. However, there are no seamsplits or owners’ markings and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and very attractive – overall, an excellent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not CD silent, in general the playback is superb. If, however, you desire a flawless or near-MINT copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.