Walter/NYPO: Haydn Symphonies Nos. 102 & 96 "Miracle" - Philips L 01.246 L
Jacket VG+ / LP VG+ / French pressing
This handsome LP from Philips (L 01.246 L, Trésors Classiques series, French pressing, red/silver “Minigroove” label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features conductor Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s magnificent account of Haydn’s Symphonies No. 96 in D Major “Miracle” and No. 102 in B-flat Major*, both recorded at Columbia 30th Street Stuidio, New York, on 29 November 1954 and on 18 February 1953*.
These are masterful readings, imbued with a warmth, vitality, and humanity that is quite wonderful – very much in the Beecham and Davis class.
The left interior panel of the gatefold jacket contains superb liner notes by José Bruyr, printed in French only. The right interior panel features a list of other titles in the Tresors Classiques series. The striking cover design is uncredited.
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 gatefold jacket is VERY GOOD+. There is minor bumping/wear at corners and shelfwear. However, there are no bends, seamsplits, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive – overall, this rates as a very good collector’s copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD+. Although surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is excellent. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is a very good collector's copy.