Rybar: Goldmark Violin Concerto Op. 28 (rec. 1949) - Westminster WL 50-10 (ED1)
Jacket EX / LP EX / US pressing
This handsome and quite rare LP from Westminster (WL 50-10, US pressing / heavy vinly, green/silver label – ED1, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Peter Rybar’s magnificent account of Karl Goldmark’s Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 28, recorded with conductor Henry Swoboda and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the rich acoustics of the Grosser Saal, the Musikverein, Vienna, on 28 December 1949.
This is exalted playing by any measure and all those who treasure the art of the violin will find much to admire here, an account of the Goldmark that can withstand the most exalted comparisons, be it with Gimpel, Milstein, Ricci, Perlman, or Bell. The sound is first rate.
There are excellent liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Irving Kolodin, printed in English only. The striking cover design 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 EXCELLENT. There is wear at corners, as well as a sticker and some discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, bends, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, and attractive – an excellent 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.