Reinhardt: Thamos, King of Egypt K. 345 (with Neidlinger, bass) - Vox PL 7350
Jacket VG / LP EX / US pressing
This beautiful and rather rare LP from Vox (PL 7350, US pressing, black/silver label, mono) features Mozart’s seldom heard “Thamos King of Egypt” K. 345, a remarkable score given here by the great bass Gustav Neidlinger and the Pro Musica Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of veteran conductor Rolf Reinhardt – a recording in Vienna made circa 1950.
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, Reinhardt certainly among them. His presentation of this somewhat little-known work by Mozart is relevatory and should be re-issued on CD.
Incidenally, the striking cover art was designed by Stephen Haas. There are superlative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Marianne Roney, printed in English only.
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 bumping/wear at corners, some writing, discoloration, and shelfwear to the rear panel, and general aging. However, there are no seamsplits or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring flawless or NM surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.