Stokowski/His SO: Liszt Les Preludes / Borodin Polovtsian Dances - Spanish HMV LALP 164
Jacket EX / LP EX / Spanish pressing
This beautiful LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 105, French pressing, red/silver semi-circle label – ED1, mono – no stereo edition exists) features Leopold Stokowski conducting His Symphony Orchestra in memorable accounts of Liszt’s Les Preludes and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances (version with chorus).
Both were set down in the spacious acoustics of New York’s Manhattan Center, the former on 9 December 1947 and the latter on 8 February 1950. The Stokowski magic is very much in evidence here, both works boasting a evocative fantasy and rhapsodic power that is quite spell-binding. The sound is really quite amazing for its age, one hardly registeres that it is in mono.
There are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Serge Berthoumieux. The striking cover illustration was executed by Pirol.
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. There is light edgewear, more so at corners, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or owners' markings and the jacket remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although surfaces are not perfectly silent, this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. However, if you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, rates as an excellent collector's copy.