Stern/Ormandy: Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77 (rec. 1959) - CBS SBRG 72094 (UK)
Jacket EX / LP EX / UK pressing
This handsome LP from CBS (SBRG 72094, English pressing, blue label, stereo, laminated flipback jacket) features Isaac Stern’s Olympian account of Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 77, recorded with conductor Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the warm acoustics of Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, on 1 November 1959.
This is playing that can withstand the most exalted comparisons, be it with Heifetz, Kreisler, Menuhin, Perlman, et al.
There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The strking cover photo of Stern is similarly 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 EXCELLENT. The only real flaw barring a NM grading concerns minor bumping/wear the upper- and lower-right corners. Otherwise, the album is in very fine shape indeed. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, glossy and highly attractive – an excellent 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 enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.