Rubinstein: Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 / Grieg Piano Concerto - LVSM FALP 162 (ED1)
Jacket VG / LP VG / French pressing
This beautiful LP from La Voix de Son Maitre (FALP 162, French pressing, red/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Artur Rubinstein in a pair of marvelous concerto performances, accompanied in both recordings by conductor Antal Dorati. Included are:
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major – rec. in 1947 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16 – rec. on 22 August 1949 at Republic Studios, Hollywood, California, with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
These are fleet, scintilatting performances yet not without poetry or lyricism. Rubinstein is on charismatic form – indeed, he is quite the showman in the Liszt, but this is a work that almost cries out for it – and Dorati provides superbly graded accompaniment. This is the first French pressing, and arguably the most desirable edition of these recordings.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a bend/crease to the lower-left corner, as well as creasing in general. However, there are no seamsplits or other defects and the whole remains solid, bright, and very attractive – a good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. There are faint spindle trails and occasional light surface noise, but in general the disc plays superbly – overall, a good collector's copy.