Timofeyeva: Weber Konzerstuck + Haydn Piano Concerto 11 - Melodiya C 10-06611-12
Jacket VG+ / LP EX / Russian pressing
This superb LP from Melodiya (C 10-06611-12, Russian pressing, mustard label, stereo) features the brilliant pianist Lyubov Timofeyeva in exalted accounts of Weber’s Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor Op. 79 and Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major HXVIII, both recorded with conductor Fuat Mansurov and the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.
Timofeyeva’s tempi are spacious, but she sustains them wonderfully. Those familiar with her Haydn Piano Sonata recordings (once available on an Olympia CD) will know she has a special affinity for this composer. A pupil of the great Yakov Zak, Timofeyeva’s playing is highly individual, yet never intervenionist and, like so many of her Russian-trained colleagues, she plays with supreme technical command and golden tone.
These recordings were set down in Moscow during the last 1970s (producer: V. Antonenko / engineer: I. Chumakova). There are informative liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in Russian, English, and French. The striking cover photo of Timofeyeva is similarly uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the laminated jacket is VERY GOOD+. There is bumping/wear at corners, as well as discoloration and a small sticker to the rear panel. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – a very good 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 playback is superb, close to NM. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.