Scherchen: Bolero, Sorcerer's Apprentice, España, etc. - Westminster WST 14032
Jacket VG / LP EX / US pressing
This superb LP from Westminster (WST 14032, US pressing, black/red “Natural Balance” label, stereo) features conductor Hermann Scherchen and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in a mixed program of orchestral showpieces, the cover art suggesting a bit Westminster’s answer to RCA’s famout “Witches’ Brew” album (LSC-2225).
Scherchen’s program is as follows:
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Falla: Ritual Fire Dance and Dance of Terror, from El amor brujo
Chabrier: España rapsodie
All four works were recorded in the warm acoustics of the Mozartsaal, Vienna, on 1 June 1957 and sound absolutely splendid here.
Incidentally, the memorable cover photo was is credited to Tommy Waddleton from Shostal. There are splendid 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 VERY GOOD. There is light wear and discoloration along the edges, a small chip to the lower edge, bumping at corners, and aging. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings and the jacket remains perfectly solid, bright, glossy, and very attractive in appearance – 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.