Vronsky & Babin: Dances for Duo Pianos (Schubert, et al.) - Brunswick AXTL 1081
Jacket GOOD+ / LP EX
This superb LP from Brunswick (AXTL 1081, English Decca pressing, plum/silver label, mono) features the brilliant piano duo of Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin in a remarkable album entitled “Dances for Duo Pianos” that includes several transcriptions by Babin himself.
The exact contents are as follows:
Franz Schubert: Deutsche Tänze und Ecossaisen Op. 33 (piano duet)
Richard Strauss (arr. Victor Babin): Rosenkavalier Waltzes
Serge Rachmaninov: Italian Polka
Francis Poulenc: L’Embarquement pour Cythère (Valse-Musette)
Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor Op. 72 No. 2 (piano duet)
Alexander Borodin (arr. Victor Babin): Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Recorded in the early 1950s, these performances are brilliantly sculpted. Moreover, the pianos used by Vronsky and Babin here sound like truly beautiful instruments.
Incidentally, the lovely cover art reproduces “Ballet Rehearsal on the Stage” by Edgar Degas. There are superb liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Allan Davis, printed in English 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 GOOD+. There is wear and discoloration along the open edge, as well as bumping at corners and ringwear 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 – overall, still a quite decent copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.