Scherchen: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (rec. 1951) - Westminster WL 5096
Jacket GOOD- / LP EX
This fine LP from Westminster (WL 5096, US pressing, red/silver script label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features conductor Herman Scherchen and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in a commanding account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36, vividly recorded at the Konzerthaus, Vienna, on 1 July 1951 and sounding splendid here.
Not readily associated with the Russian repertoire, Scherchen nonetheless brings his customary rigor and flair for drama, thus imbuing this performance with a true slavic authority and ardor. The sound is first rate.
There are informative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by David Randolph, printed in English only. The striking cover art carries the artist's name, but I cannot make it out, alas.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD-. There is a sticker tear to the lower-left corner, a tape repair to the lower edge, corner wear, aging, and discoloration. However, the album remains solid and fairly presentation worthy – not a collector's copy, but still a decent one.
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.