Serkin/Busch Quartet: Brahms Piano Qunitet No. 1 Op. 25 - Columbia FCX 106; B copy
Jacket GOOD / LP GOOD / French pressing
This lovely and quite rare LP from French Columbia (FCX 106, French pressing, blue/silver “Microsillon” label, mono) features pianist Rudolf Serkin and members of the illustrious Busch Quartet in a riveting performance of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 25, recorded at EMI Studio No. 3, Abbey Road, London, on 25 May 1949. Joining Serkin were violinist Adolf Busch, violist Hugo Gottesmann, and cellist Hermann Busch – over 60 years on this remains one of the great accounts of Brahms’s Op. 25 on record – a landmark in the Brahms discography and in the annals of recorded chamber music as well – truly wonderful.
This LP is sold “as is” – I will not accept a return on it. Please see “CONDITION” below – the LP is exactly as I have described it.
Wrote the critic A.P. in his review for the October 1952 issue of The Gramophone:
“Little need be said about this record, already well known in its SP edition, beyond warm recommendation. The SP discs were on the whole excellently recorded, although Adolf Busch's violin tone, particularly in its higher reaches, sounded a little thin. This fault is present in the LP to a much less marked extent ; and though the recording of the strings is not of the highest quality, the advantages of continuity and of a silent surface, combined with the deeply understanding and memorable performance, make this a most desirable record.”
Incidentally, the striking cover art was designed by Jacques Vatoux, while the fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket (in French only) were written by Georges Léon.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
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 1” seamsplit to the lower-right corner. There is also bumping at corners, edgewear, discoloration, and some small tears to the rear panel. However, the jacket remains solid and presentation worthy – overall, this still rates as a decent collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is GOOD. There surface noise and scattered tics throughout. Nonetheless, the performance shines through. However, those wanting a flawless, NM, or even EX copy should look elsewhere. Overall, this is a heavily played audition copy.