Stern: Brahms Vn Son 2 + Compl FAE Son - Fontana 700.048 CL (early French pr.)
Jacket VG / LP EX / French pressing
This handsome LP from Philips · Fontana (700.048 CL, French pressing, plum/silver label, mono) features violinist Isaac Stern and pianist Alexander Zakin in supremely eloquent renditions of Brahms’s Violin Sonatas No. 2 in A Major Op. 100 and the Sonata F.A.E. for in C minor WoO 2. It is important to note that Stern plays the entire “FAE Sonata” – jointly composed by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Albert Dietrich – and not just the Scherzo movement more commonly heard. The entire sonata remains quite a rarity, both in the concert hall and on record.
Both works were recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, the former in May 1953 and the latter in August 1953. Stern plays with fearless technical aplomb and great insight and he is superbly seconded in this by Zakin. These performances were issued in the USA on Columbia ML-4913.
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in French (by Robert Cushman) and German (by Eugene Ledermann).
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 slight bumping at corners, as well as slight discoloration and wear along the open edge of the jacket. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this rates as as very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring CD silent surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.