Schmidt-Isserstedt: Tchaikovsky "Pathetique" Symphony - Telestar TR 10002
Jacket VG / LP NM / German pressing
This fine LP from Telestar (TR 10002, German pressing, red/black label, mono) features conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt and the magnificent NDR Symphony Orchestra in a gripping account of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74 “Pathetique”, recorded in the Sendesaal of the NDWR, Hamburg on 14 February 1954.
Clearly, Schmidt-Isserstedt was a fine orchestra builder, for the NDR SO plays with power, beauty, and superb ensemble.
Schmidt-Isserstedt’s Tchaikovsky be spoken of in the same breath as that of Markevitch, Dorati, Karajan, et al. and should provide a needed corrective to the 'kapellmeister'-like reputation associated with him. Those who found his Vienna Philharmonic Beethoven Symphony cycle on Decca a bit wanting in interpretive profile and dynamism will have no complaints here – this is enormouly impressive conducting and playing, preserved in magnificient wide-ranging, warm sound.
In lieu of liner notes, the reverse side of the jacket carries a listing of other titles in the Telestar catalog. The lovely cover photo is 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 bumping/wear at corners, as well as aging and minor wear along the open edge. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, 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 near-MINT. Though surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT), this is a fine copy and playback is superb. However, if you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP – this is a near-mint collector's copy.