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Rozhdestvensky: Shostakovich: Orchestral rarities - Vox Cum Laude VCL 9035

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Vox Cum Laude (LP)

Jacket EX / LP NM / US pressing

This fascinating LP from Vox Cum Laude, in association with Melodiya (VCL 9035, US pressing, orange label, stereo) entitled “From the Manuscripts of Different Years” features conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky in a collection of little-known works by composer Dmitri Shostakovich, series of remarkable ‘chips from the master’s workbench’, recorded in 1979.

The exact contents are as follows:

Tale of the Priest and his Hired Man Balda Op. 36 (Suite from the Music for the Animated Cartoon of the Same Title)

            > USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra

Two Fables by Krylov Op. 4

1) The Dragonfly and the Ant

            > Galina Borisova, mezzo-soprano and the USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra

            2) The Ass and the Nightingale

            > Chamber Chorus of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow Philharmonic Academic SO

Overture to “Armer Colombus” (An Opera by Erwin Dressel) Op. 23

            > Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Transcriptions for Orchestra of Works by Various Composers

            Two Pieces by Domenico Scarlatti Op. 17

            1) Pastorale

            2) Capriccio

            > USSR Wind Ensemble

            The Flea by Ludwig van Beethoven

            > Yevgeny Nesorenko, baritone, Ensemble of Soloists

            The Excursion Train Polka by Johann Strauss Jr.

            > Moscow Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra

            “I Waited for Thee in the Grotto at the Appointed Hour” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

            > Alla Ablaberdyeva, soloist

            USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra

            Tahiti Trot, or Tea for Two by Vincent Youmans Op. 15

            > Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

The insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket are by Gennady Rozhdestvensky himself, and printed in English only. The engaging cover art is uncredited.

CONDITION:

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 slight bumping at corners, as well as minor shelfwear, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – 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.

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