Walcha: Bach English Suites Nos. 4, 5 & 6 BWV 809-811 - La Voix de son Maitre FALP 768 (ds)
This beautiful LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 768, French Pathe-Marconi pressing, red/white label, mono, “baguette”-style jacket, dowel spine) features the brilliant organist Helmut Walcha, here on harpsichord, in incomparable renditions of Bach’s English Suites No. 4 in F Major BWV 809, No. 5 in E-flat Major BWV 810, and No. 6 in D minor BWV 811.
These remarkable performances were recorded in March 1959 and sound truly splendid here.
Incidentally, the lovely cover art reproduces a detail from Joseph-Siffrède Duplessis’ “Mozart at the Keyboard”. There are insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Maurice Fleuret and are provided in French only.
With packaging, this particular issue will weigh over 500 g. This means that outside of Europe the cost for shipping is about $22 USD, and that is just for standard airmail. Certified airmail (with a tracking number) costs $25 USD.
Those in doubt can visit the Spanish postal website (Correos.com), which is available in English. Although this listing states “free” shipping, it is not really free, of course. I have to pay for shipping like everyone else.
Anyway, all this to say that those who feel the price is high need to take the cost of shipping into account. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to write and I will be happy to help. Thank you.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the heavy cardboard “baguette”-style jacket is near-MINT. There is minor corner wear, but really that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this is a very fine collector's copy.
The condition of the dowel spine is NM – a fine 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.