Rozhdestvensky: Gayaneh / Markevitch: Le Coq d’or - DG SLPEM 136 474
Jacket VG / LP EX / German pressing
This fine LP from Deutsche Grammophon (SLPEM 136 474, German pressing, tulip label, stereo) pairs two truly stunning peformances of Russian orchestral music from DG’s back catalog:
Aram Khachaturian: Gayaneh, Ballet Suite
> with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the mighty Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
(rec. at the Grosser Musikvereinssall, Vienna, on 17 September 1960)
This is extraordinary playing (and conducting) by any measure and simply demands to be heard. It would be difficult to imagine a more cogent, driven, or powerful account of the famous Sabre Dance than that heard here – it is amazing.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d’or (The Golden Cockerel) Suite
> with Igor Markevitch and l’Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Paris
(rec. at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on 8 June 1958)
Markevitch and the fine Lamoureux Orchestra draw playing of great color and exoticism, and this, too, is a performance to remember.
Both recordings were produced by Karl-Heinz Schneider; the engineers were Harald Baudis (Khachaturian) and Werner Wolf (Rimsky-Korsakov).
There are insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket – provided in German, French, and English – by Carl-Heinz Mann. The striking cover art is uncredited.
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, as well as mild shelfwear and discoloration to the rear panel, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, 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, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.