Szell: Schumann Symphony No. 1 "Spring" + "Manfred" Overture - Epic BC 1039
Jacket GOOD / LP EX / US pressing
This handsome LP from Epic (BC 1039, US pressing, gold/black label) features George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra's magnificent account of Schumann's Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major Op. 38 “Spring”, as well as the Overture to “Manfred” Op. 115, both made in the warm acoustics of Severance Hall, Cleveland the former on 24 October 1958 and the latter on 21 January 1958 – true classics of the gramophone.
Staples of his large repertoire Szell brings a composer's understanding to Schumann, a composer whose symphonies have too often toyed with by other conductors. With his keen ear for balance and clarity, and his unerring rhythmic skills, Szell's is a performance to hear this work anew, and it is an interpretation that is both vibrant and warm.
This album was produced by Howard Scott. On the reverse side of the jacket, there are superlative liner notes on the music by Klaus Roy George – printed in English only. The striking cover art reprints Claude Monet’s “The Painter’s Garden at Giverny”, from the G.G. Buehrle Collection in Zurich.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is GOOD. There is a signficiant amount of edgewear, a small ½” seamsplit to the lower-right corner, and slight rippling and discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no other seamsplits, nor are there any owners marking, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, still a decent copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. While there are a few slightly noisy passages, in general the playback is quite fine. However, those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.