Schmahl (Berlin RIAS SO Concertmaster): Khachaturian Violin Concerto - Heliodor 89 783
Jacket VG+ / LP EX+ / German pressing
This handsome and little-known LP from Heliodor (89783, English pressing, plum label, stereo) features violinist Gustav Schmahl’s magnificent account of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D minor, recorded with conductor Horst Förster and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on 1 February 1965. Schmahl (1929-2003) was a pupil of David Oistrakh and served as Concertmaster of the Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra. His discocography is regrettably small, but very highly distinguished and includes a superlative performances of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64, as well as of Brahms’s 3 Violin Sonatas.
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 minor wear at corners and light creasing, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains perfectly solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT+. Though the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb, virtually NM. If you must have flawless surfaces, please do not buy this LP. Overall, this is a truly excellent collector's copy.