Stern/Beecham: Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77 (rec. 1951) - Philips A 01106 L
Jacket GOOD / LP NM
This handsome LP from Philips (A 01106 L, German pressing, plum/silver “minigroove” label, mono) features Isaac Stern's magnificent account of Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 77, recorded with Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London, on 9 November 1951, with soloist, conductor, and orchestra on peak form throughout.
There are informative liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket – provided in German only. The striking 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 jacket is GOOD. There is edgewear, ringwear, and discoloration, more so to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners’ markings, bends, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, attractive – not quite a collector’s copy, but still a decent one.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.