Erlih: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - Ducretet Thomson SCC 508 (stereo)
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This beautiful and rare LP from Ducretet Thomson (SCC 508, French pressing, ‘Concerts Colonne’ label, stereo) features Volume VIII in the label's "Pierre Dervaux · Concerts Colonne · XIXe Siècle Grands Concertos" series, this issue devoted to a remarkable 'live' performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 by the brilliant Devy Erlih.
Taped in concert with Dervaux and the Concerts Colonne on 21 January 1962, this is a performance imbued with a tremendous sense of occasion, and very well recorded, too – one can 'hear' the hall, the acoustic warm and spacious. Erlih's interpretation and playing is all one could with for, as is Dervaux's accompaniment – has the second movement Conzonetta (andante) ever been done better than this(?), arched to perfection, the woodwind playing as inspired as Erlih's – wonderful in every way. And this is the stereo issue.
Incidentally, the fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket, provided in French only, were written by Bernard Gavoty.
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 laminated jacket is EXCELLENT. There is a slight crush/scuff to the upper-right corner, as well as minor bumping to the other corners. On the rear panel, there is a faint bit of writing, a small sticker tear and some discoloration. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and very attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Visually, the surfaces are clean and glossy and there are no spindle trails. In terms of sound, the surfaces are not always completely CD silent and I suppose there are some tiny 'sounds’ that some people might feel rise to the level of a ‘tic’, but in my opinion the playback is superb, with a big, open, rich sound. Nonetheless, if you must a flawless copy, then please do not buy this LP. Really, I think this is an excellent collector’s copy.PLEASE NOTE:
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