Walter: Mozart Symphonies No. 35 "Haffner" & No. 41 "Jupiter" - Columbia MS 6255
Jacket VG / LP EX
This handsome LP from Columbia Masterworks (MS 6255, US pressing, gray "360 Sound" label, stereo) features conductor Bruno Walter and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra's exhilarating accounts of Mozart's Symphonies No. 35 in D Major K. 385 "Haffner" and No. 41 in C Major K. 551 "Jupiter", both warmly recorded in the fine acoustics of American Legion Hall, Hollywood, CA – the former on 13 January 1959 and the latter on 25 February 1960.
Walter brings a lifetime's wisdom and experience to these scores, which were cornerstones of his repertoire, and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra responds to their charismatic director with playing of brilliant vibrancy and heartfelt lyricism.
There are insightful liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by David Johnson, provided in English only. The cover photo/design was executed by Bob Willoughby and shows an "enamel violin from Dr. Walter's collection of miniatures, with an autograph score of Mozart's in the background".
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 jacket is VERY GOOD. There is slight cracking along the upper edge, as well as discoloraton to the rear panel. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the whole remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. If you must have a flawless or near-mint copy, then please do not buy this album. Overall, this LP rates as an excellent collector's copy.