Rosenthal/Paris Phil: Glazunov Raymonda (rec. 1953): Capitol P-8184, lovely copy
Jacket EX / LP NM / US pressing
This beautiful LP from Capitol (P-8184, US pressing, green/gold label, mono) features conductor Manuel Rosenthal and the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra in a richly colorful and highly evocative account of Alexander Glazunov’s Suite from Raymonda Op. 57a, warmly recorded in the French capital in November 1953.
With his unfailing rhythmic mastery, balletic feeling, and uncanny ear for orchestral balance, Rosenthal has seldom been equalled, and never surpassed, in this remarkable score.
There are splendid liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, provided in English only. The lovely cover art is similarly 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 EXCELLENT. There is mild wear and discoloration along the edges, as well as some shelfwear and scuffing to the lower front panel, but that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent 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.