Vaiman: Vivaldi The Four Seaons (rec. 1972) - Melodiya CM 03291-92
Jacket FAIR / LP EX / Russian pressing
This outstanding LP from Melodiya (CM 03291-92, Soviet pressing, blue/silver label, stereo) features violinist’s Mikhail Vaiman’s brightly lit and exhilarating account of Vivaldi’s 'The Four Seasons' Op. 8 Nos. 1-4, from 'The Trial of Harmony and Invention', recorded in vibrant sound in 1972 with conductor Lev Shinder and the Leningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Though Vaiman’s is not among the best known accounts, one would be mistaken to pass it over for this world class violinist has much to say here; in fact, his discography is richly deserving of systematic re-issue and renewed appreciation.
Incidentally, the fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket are in Russian only.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is FAIR. There is significant edgewear, particularly along the spine, where there is also some chipping. In addition, there are slight ½” seamsplits to the upper- and lower-right corners, creasing, and discoloration to the rear panel. On the plus side, the jacket remains solid and presentation worthy – not a collector’s copy, but still a decent one.
The condition of the LP is EXCELLENT and the playback is superb. Only those requiring absolutely silent surfaces need hesitate – overall, this rates as a splendid collector's copy.