Tateno: Sibelius Piano Recital (rec. 1970) - EMI 5E 063-34472, lovely playing
Jacket EX / LP NM / Finnish pressing
This superb LP from EMI (5E 063-34472, Finnish pressing, black Odeon label, stereo) features the remarkable pianist Izumi Tateno in a magical album of Sibelius piano music, recorded circa 1970 and still among the finest albums dedicated to this part of his oeuvre.
Included are the following works of Sibelius:
Romance Op. 24 No. 9
When the Mountain Ash is in Flower Op. 75 No. 1
The Lonely Fir Op. 75 No. 2
The Aspen Op. 75 No. 3
The Birch Op. 75 No. 4
The Spruce Op. 75 No. 5
Waltz Op. 34 No. 1
Air de Dance Op. 34 No. 2
Mazurka Op. 34 No. 3
Rondoletto Op. 40 No. 7
Impromptu V Op. 5 No. 5
Caprice Op. 24 No. 3
Sonatine No. 1 Op. 67 No. 1
Sonatine No. 2 Op. 67 No. 2
Rondino No. 1 Op. 68 No. 1
Rondino No. 2 Op 68 No. 2
The Irise Op. 85 No. 3
The Twinflower of the North Op. 76 No. 11
The Snapdragon Op. 85 No. 4
The Campanula Op. 85 No. 5
The Village Church Op. 103 No. 1
Scéne Romantique Op. 101 No. 5
Incidentally, there are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Seppo Heikinheimo, printed in English only. The cover photo of Tateno is uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket, still largely in the original shrinkwrap, is EXCELLENT. There is slight bumping at corners, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or bends, and the album remains solid, bright, and handsome in appearance – overall, a fine collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT), really this is a very fine copy and playback is truly superb. However, if you must have absolutely perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a very fine collector's copy.