Rubinstein: Beethoven "Appassionata" & Op. 31/3 Piano Sonatas - LVSM FALP 274 (ED1)
Jacket GOOD / LP VG / French pressing
This handsome LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 274, French pressing, red/silver semi-circle label – ED1, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the great Artur Rubinstein in two magnificent Beethoven Sonata performances, long staples of his immense repertoire.
The exact discographic information is as follows:
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major Op. 31 No. 3
> rec. at Victor Studios, Hollywood, CA, on 27 August 1946
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 “Appassionata”
> rec. at Victor Studio No. 2, New York City, on 22 May 1945
Germany had surrendered only two weeks before and the Second World War, at least in Europe, was finished. Perhaps it is going too far to suggest a tone of triumph in Rubinstein’s reading, but certainly the war’s end, and the Nazi’s horrors with it, must have had a profound affect on Rubinstein, who lost so many family members to the Holocaust. In any case, it is a remarkable performance, his reading of the Piano Sonata No. 18 scarcely less so.
The striking cover art was executed by Jacquot while the fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket were written by Yvonne Tienot – all texts in French only.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD. There is edgewear, discoloration, and aging. However, there are no seamsplits, bends or owners' markings, and the whole remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, still a decent copy copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though there is surface noise and occasional tics, in general playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.