Walter/NYPO: Mozart Symphonies Nos. 35 & 40 - Philips L 01.173 L, beautiful copy
Jacket NM / LP EX / French pressing
This excellent deluxe gatefold LP from Philips (L 01.173 L, “Trésors Classiques” series, French pressing, red/silver Microsillon label, mono) features Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic’s brilliant accounts of Mozart’s Symphonies No. 35 in D Major K. 385 “Haffner” and No. 40 in G minor K. 550. The former was recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York on 16 January 1953, the latter at the same venue on 23 February 1953.
These are landmark recordings in the discographies of these works, with Walter and the NYPO turning in performances that are imbued with a tremendous sense of occasion.
Moreover, these fine Trésors Classiques” issues offer the best possible pressings – a very heavy deluxe gatefold with notes on the music (in French only) and full-color reproductions of 21 album covers from this same series. For admirers of Walter, the NYPO, Mozart, of historical recordings, this issue will prove very rewarding – outstanding from first to last.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. There is the slightest shelfwear and aging, but otherwise, the album appears almost as new – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.