Rodzinski: Debussy La Mer / Liszt Mephisto Waltz, etc. - Columbia RL 6628, rare
Jacket GOOD+ / LP VG / US pressing
This handsome and exceedingly rare LP from Columbia Records (RL 6628, US pressing, green “Entré” label, mono) features the great Artur Rodzinski in a mixed program made with 2 of the 3 American orchestras for whom he served as Music Director – the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Certain of these 78 rpm recordings would later see re-issue on the Columbia Special Products imprint, but their first LP editions remain highly elusive. As throughout his discography, Rodzinski galvanizes his players to dizzying heights of brilliance and expressive power – this is truly remarkable conducting.
The exact contents are as follows:
Debussy: La Mer
> Artur Rodzinski conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
(rec. at Severance Hall, Cleveland, on 29 December 1941)
Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major Op. 11
> Artur Rodzinski conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony of New York
(rec. at Carnegie Hall, New York, on 12 February 1945)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
> Artur Rodzinski conducting the Philharmonic-Symphonic of New York
(rec. at Carnegie Hall, New York, on 20 February 1946)
Incidentally, the striking cover art is credited to “Push Pin · Chwast”. There are superb liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, 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 GOOD+. There is a discreet 2” seamsplit to the lower edge, as well as wear and discoloration along the edges in general. However, there are no other seamsplits, nor are there any bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this rates as a good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD. Although the surfaces are not CD silent, in general the playback is excellent. However, those wanting flawless or near-MINT surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.