Schmidt-Isserstedt/NDR SO: Wagner Orchestral Works - Odeon XOC 113, superb!
Jacket VG / LP EX / French pressing
This outstanding LP from Odeon (XOC 113, French pressing, yellow/brown label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting the Northwest German Radio (NDR) Symhony Orchestra in a brilliant all-Wagner program, sumptuously recorded in the rich acoustics of the Musikhalle, Hamburg on 15 December 1955.
This beautiful LP from Capitol (P 18047, LP pressed in Holland* / jacket printed in the USA, green/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists, laminated jacket) features Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting the Northwest German Radio (NDR) Symhony Orchestra in a brilliant all-Wagner program, sumptuously recorded in the rich acoustics of the Musikhalle, Hamburg on 15 December 1955.
*Note: This is a very heavy pressing – I have little doubt that it is at least 200g.
The exact contents are as follows:
Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral Music
Reviewing Tahra’s CD re-issue (TAH 694-696) of these recordings for MusicWeb-International, the outstanding critic Jonathan Woolf wrote: “The rest of the final disc consists of Wagnerian chunks, played with fulsome commitment and, once again, a sure sense of the music’s direction, its peaks and troughs.”
Incidentally, there are excellent liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The amazing cover art is uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the laminated jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a minor bend to the lower-left corner, the remnants of a catalog sticker to the upper-left corner, bumping/wear at the other corners, some creasing, and discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, still 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 is as an excellent collector's copy.