Quartetto Italiano: Schubert "Death and the Maiden", etc. - Philips 9500 751
Jacket VG / LP NM / Dutch pressing
This outstanding LP from Philips (9500 751, Dutch pressing, red/white label, stereo) features the great Quartetto Italiano in a magnificent account of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”. Filling out the disc is their equally captivating rendition of the same composer’s String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D. 703 “Quartettsatz”.
Both works were recorded in the warm acoustics of the "De Kleine Zaal" (small auditorium) of the Concertgebouw in 1980. It is worth noting that this was the second of two recordings of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” made by the Quartetto Italiano for the Dutch label.
Of a Philips “Silverline” CD re-issue of this performance, The Gramophone’s critic wrote in his/her March 1989 review:
“I have similar feelings about their Death and the Maiden: a grand conception packed with memorable detail—their evocation of terror in the early stages of the first movement coda has never been bettered.”
At this time the Italians were comprised of Paolo Borciani (1st Violin), Elisa Pegreffi (2nd Violin), Dino Asciolla (Viola), and Franco Rossi (Cello).
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Wolf Konold, printed in English, German, and French. The memorable cover photo of the Quartettto Italiano is uncredited.
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 the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is minor wear at corners, as well as slight curling at the open edge. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, 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 near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.