Sawallisch/VSO: Schubert Sym No. 1 / Haydn No. 92 "Oxford" - Philips 835 185 AY
Jacket VG / Vinyl EX / Dutch pressing
This handsome LP from Philips (835 135 AY, Dutch pressing, plum/silver label*, stereo) features Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in magnificent accounts of Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 in G Major “Oxford” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major D. 82, both recorded in the warm acoustics of the Grosser Saal of the Musikverein, Vienna, on 19 April 1963.
*Please note: The “Hi-Fi Stereo” logo appears on the jacket only. It does not appear on the label of the LP.
Sawallisch remains under-rated as a conductor; one can only hope the true stature of his remarkable artistry will one day receive the appreciation it deserves. These are marvelous performances, vital, songful, and beautifully shaded, with well-balanced sound to match.
There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in German only. The striking cover art is similarly 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 VERY GOOD. There is slight bumping along the top edge, as well as light discoloration, more so to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.