Swarowsky: Schumann Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 - Odeon XOC 819, superb!
Jacket EX / LP EX / French pressing
This lovely LP from Odeon (XOC 819, French pressing, yellow/brown label, mono, laminated flipback jacket) features Hans Swarowsky in a pair of memorable Schumann performances.
The exact contents are as follows:
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major Op. 38 "Spring"
> with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major Op. 97 "Rhenish"
> with the Austrian Philharmonic Orchestra
These performances, both set down circa 1955, are imbued with a thrilling sense of occasion and the sound boasts great amplitude and a wide dynamic range – outstanding recordings in every way – really, an object lesson in how an orchestra should be recorded.
Not unlike Henry Swoboda, Rudolf Moralt, Edouard Lindenberg, Heinrich Hollreiser, Louis de Froment, and others, Hans Swarowsky was a truly superb conductor, now largely forgotten, but an artist whose legacy is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation on disc.
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 front panel is really close to near-MINT. There is only some slight bumping/wear at corners, but that is all. The rear panel rates as a VERY GOOD. There is a small bit of water staining to the lower-right corner, as well as discoloration and ringwear. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and glossy. Overall, this rates as 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 quite superb. Those requiring CD silent surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.