Wayenberg/Dutoit: 'live' Gershwin Concerto in F (rec. 1975) - MBSO 1001
Jacket VG / LP EX / Swiss pressing
This handsome and exceedingly rare LP from En Direct (mbso 1001, Swiss Turicaphon AG pressing, black/silver label, stereo) features conductor Charles Dutoit and the Berner Symphonieorchester in performances of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess · A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra (arr. Robert Russell Bennett) and the Piano Concerto in F, with soloist Daniel Wayenberg, recorded 'live' at the Grossen Casino-Saal, Bern, Switzerland in 1975.
These little-known and very rare performances are not even listed at Ars Antiqua founder Dave Canfield's superb classicalreference.com website, nor are they available on CD.
Wayenberg left a superlative studio recordings of the Concerto in F, made in 1960 with Georges Prêtre and l'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire and issued first on Ducretet-Thomson and then later on EMI. This 'in concert' reading from 15 years later is no less fine, and is imbued with a wonderful sense of occasion. Dutoit and the estimable Bern Symphony Orchestra provide echt accompaniment and their own turn in the Gershwin/Bennett Porgy and Bess · A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra.
This recorded was produced by Kurt Hanke. The striking cover art was executed by Christiane Cornuz and there are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket (provided in German and French) by Christian Tardin.
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 edgewear, slight bumping at corners, and some creasing along the lower edge, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects, and the jacket remains very solid, bright, and glossy – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT++ and the playback is superb. There is a momentary bit of surface noise towards the close of the slow movement in the Concerto in F, as well as another momentary patch in the Porgy and Bess Suite, but really these are very minor sonic blemishes – overall, this still rates as a fine collector's copy.