Rostropovich: Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras 1 & 5, etc. - LCDM LDX 78 644
Jacket VG / Vinyl NM - French pressing
This superb gatefold LP from Le Chant du Monde (LDX 78 644, French pressing, red label, mono) features 5 remarkable performances of the composer’s music all by Russian artists.
The exact contents are as follows:
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: Prelude
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello and leading an ensemble of fellow cellists
Choros No. 4 for 4 Horns and Trombone
Vitali Bouianovski, Pavel Evstigneev, Anatoli Soukoroukov & Victor Benglovski
Ciranda des Sept Notes for Bassoon & Strings
Lev Petcherski, Bassoon and Lazare Gozman conducting the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Aria
Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano, and Mstislav Rostropovich leading an ensemble of cellists
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
Vladimir Bakharev conducting the USSR National Orchestra
The playing heard here is richly evocative and vital – tremendous performances all.
The interior panels of the gatefold jacket carry extensive liner notes by Pierre Vidal, printed in French only. The striking cover art reproduces a detail from a canvas by Eli M. Heil.
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 wear at corners, more so to the upper-left corner, as well as mild shelfwear. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, a very good . collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly 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.