Tateno: Piano Music of Janacek & Rautavaara - Toshiba Records TA-9303, lovely
Jacket VG- / LP NM / Japanese pressing
This superb LP from Toshiba Records (TA-9303, Japanese pressing, red/silver label, stereo) features the remarkable pianist Izumi Tateno in a magical album pairing Leos Janacek’s “On an Overgrown Path · Series I & II and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 50 “Christus und die Fischer”, recorded in the 1970s and sounding absolutely splendid here.
The interior panels of the gatefold jacket carry extensive liner notes (in Japanese only). However, there are track listings (both on the jacket and on the LP itself) in English.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the gatefold jacket is VERY GOOD-. There is a small tear to the upper spine, as well as bumping at corners and mild discoloration. However, there are no bends, . seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, 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.