Wayenberg: Gershwin Concerto in F + Rhapsody in Blue - Ducretet Thomson DUC 504
Jacket EX / LP EX (French pressing - brown label - mono)
This very beautiful LP from Ducretet Thomson (DUC 504 / XTDX 54, French pressing, brown label, mono, dowel spine) features the wonderful pianist Daniel Wayenberg in buoyant and sultry accounts of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F, both recorded at the Salle Wagram, Paris, on 30 November and 1/2/5 December 1960 with conductor Georges Prêtre and l'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. This disc won the 1961 Grande Prix du Disque, and deservedly so. The beautiful artwork is by Nicholas Ferguson.
Incidentally, the wonderful cover art was executed by Nicholas Ferguson. There are fine liner notes by Marcel Marnat on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in French only.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. Really, this is close to NM. There is slight wear at corners, but really that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, or owners’ markings and the jacket remains solid, bright, and extremely attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the dowel spine is EXCELLENT – a fine copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is occasional light surface noise, in general playback is superb, close to NM. However, those wanting a flawless copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.