Sanderling/Dresden Staatskapelle: Haydn Symphonies 45 & 104 - DG 135 034
Jacket VG / LP EX / German pressing
This handsome and rather LP from Deutsche Grammophon (DGG 135 034, German pressing, tulip label, stereo) features the great conductor Kurt Sanderling and the Staatskapelle Dresden in warm-hearted renditions of Haydn's Symphonies No. 45 in F-sharp minor Hob. I:45 "Abschiedssinfonie" ("Farewell") and No. 104 in D Major Hob. 1 "Londoner Symphonie" ("London"), both recorded in the opulent acoustics of the Lukaskirche, Dresden on 7 and 8 February 1962.
Two of the lesser-known entries in his valuable discography, these winning performances, though decidedly 'big band', remain light on their feet, full of light and shade, ebullient and with real feeling. Those who value Sanderling's work in the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms will find hiim no less illuminating here and the Staatskapelle Dresden play like angels throughout. These recordings, as with so much of Sanderling's recorded legacy, are sorely in need of re-issue on CD and renewed appreciation by critics and public alike – wonderful!
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 a minor bend to the upper-right corner, as well as slight bumping/wear at corners in general and a few small creases, but that is all. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and glossy – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. The surfaces are not always CD silent, but in general the playback is superb – overall, an excellent collector's copy.