Rubinstein: Beethoven "Appassionata" + Op. 2 No. 3 - German RCA LSC 2812-B
Jacket VG- / LP EX / German pressing
This handsome LP from German RCA (LSC-2812-B, German Teldec Telefunken-Decca pressing, red/silver Dynagroove label) features pianist Artur Rubinstein’s magnificent accounts of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 3 in C Major Op. 2 No. 3 and No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 “Appassionata”*, both recorded in the superb acoustics of New York’s Manhattan Center on 24 and 25* January 1963 (producer: Max Wilcox).
Although Rubinstein made several commercial recordings of Beethoven’s “Appassionata”, this was the sole occasion he took the composer’s Piano Sonata No. 3 into the studio, and the results are no less impressive or memorable than what Arrau achieved for Philips at around this time. This is exalted playing by any measure – a superb disc.
Incidentally, there are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in English (by John Briggs), as well as in German and French (by R.P.). The striking cover portrait of Rubinstein 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 edgewear, particularly at corners and along the open edge, as well as shelfwear and aging. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or other defects, and the jacket remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, still a decent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not perfectly silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. If you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, rates as an excellent collector's copy.