Szell: Dvorak "New World" Symphony - Epic BC 1026 (gold "Stereorama" label)
Jacket VG- / LP NM-
This handsome LP from Epic (BC 1026, US pressing, gold/black “Stereorama” label - ED1, stereo) features George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra’s famous account of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 “From the New World”, recorded in the warm acoustics of Severance Hall, Cleveland, in March 1959 – a true gramophone classic.
Wrote the erudite authors of The Penguin Guide in their 2003/4 edition:
“Szell's New World Symphony is vividly dramatic, combining vitality, marvellous orchestral discipline and expressive resilience."
Incidentally, there are insightful liner notes printed on the reverse side of the jacket by Klaus Roy George, printed in English only. The striking cover photo of New York City was taken by A.L. Goldman.
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 some edge wear and corner wear, as well as signs of aging, but that is all. There are no seam splits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and very striking in appearance – overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.
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.