Sacher/VSO: Haydn Symphonies Nos. 53 & 67 - Philips A 00181 L
Jacket NM / LP EX / Dutch pressing
This handsome LP – a very fine collector’s copy – from Philips (A 00181 L, Dutch pressing, plum “Minigroove” label, mono – no stereo edition exists, laminated flipback jacket) features conductor Paul Sacher and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra’s magnificent accounts of Haydn’s Symphonies No. 53 in D Major “Imperial” and No. 67 in F Major*, both recorded in the warm acoustics of the Mozartsaal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus on 14 and 22* April 1953.
These are buoyant and stylish performances of two works that were little known at the time of their recording and Sacher and the estimable VSO provide the most eloquent advocacy.
Incidentally, there are insightful liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English 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 near-MINT. Really, the flaws are very minor –slight bumping at corners, but that is all. Otherwise, the album might almost appear as new. There are no bends, seamsplits, or owners' markings and the whole remains very solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a lovely 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 quite superb. Those requiring CD silent surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.