Perlea: Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7 (rec. 1954) - Vox PL 9120 (UK)
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / UK pressing
This handsome and rare LP from Vox (PL 9120, English pressing, black/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists, glossy laminated flipback jacket) features the under-rated conductor Jonel Perlea in fine accounts of Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 1 in C Major Op. 21 and No. 7 in A Major Op. 92, both works recorded in 1954, the former with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the latter with the Pro Music Symphony Orchestra, Vienna.
Not unlike Henry Swoboda, Rudolf Moralt, Edouard Lindenberg, Heinrich Hollreiser, Louis de Froment, Hans Swarowsky, and others, Jonel Perlea was a truly superb conductor, now largely forgotten, but an artist whose legacy is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation on disc.
Vox is too often regarded as a budget label, one offering thrift-edition performances to a wide audience, rather than “A” List recordings to the cognoscenti. However, their catalog boasted any number of remarkable artists, Perlea certainly among them. His Beethoven in particular is very compelling.
There are excellent liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket – printed in English only – by Harold Lawrence. The striking cover photo is uncredited, alas.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD. The only serious flaw concerns a fair amount of fraying to the laminate along the open edge of the jacket. In addition, the upper flipback portion on the rear side of the jacket is a bit scuffed. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a decent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. However, those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.