REMINGTON LP RLP199-145: A. SPALDING - Brahms Violin Conc., 1953
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Background on this item -
All collectors of rare classical LPs, especially on the Remington label realize and understand that the vinyl used during this company’s existence wasn't the type of vinyl formula found and appreciated by audiophiles today. Many of their titles suffered from pressing defects - bubbles, distortion, noisy vinyl, etc.. But the company did have the distinction of recording and releasing some of the greatest performances and performers of the time - like this record featuring the esteemed American violinist, Albert Spalding!

Albert Spalding,  (born Aug. 15, 1888, Chicago, Ill., U.S.—died May 26, 1953, New York, N.Y.), American composer and one of the leading violinists of his day. His mother, Marie Boardman, was a contralto and pianist. His father, James Walter Spalding, and uncle, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher Albert Spalding, created the A.G. Spalding sporting goods company.

Spalding studied the violin privately in New York City and Florence, and at the conservatories in Paris and Bologna; the latter graduated him with honors when he was fourteen. Following his debut in Paris on June 6, 1906, he appeared successfully in London and Vienna. His first American appearance as soloist came with the New York Symphony on November 8, 1908. A year later he soloed with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra when that orchestra toured the United States. In 1916, he was recognized as a national honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music. During World War I, Spalding served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and would eventually be awarded the Cross of the Crown of Italy.

Not long after his return to the United States, he married Mary Vanderhoef Pyle on July 19, 1919, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. French violinist Jacques Thibaud and Andre Benoist, Spalding's accompanist, provided the music for the ceremony. In 1920, Spalding appeared on the European tour of the New York Symphony. In 1922, he became the first American violinist to appear with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra; a year later he was the first American to  serve on a jury at the Paris Conservatory, helping to award prizes to the graduating class of violinists. In February 1941, he premiered the violin concerto of Samuel Barber.

Upon the United States' involvement in World War II, Assistant Secretary of State Adolf Berle successfully urged Spalding to accept an assignment with the Office of Strategic Services. He was posted to London, for six weeks, and then served in North Africa, until he was ordered to Naples where he was attached to the Psychological Warfare Division of SHAEF. In 1944, Spalding gave a legendary concert to thousands of terrified refugees stranded in a cave near Naples during a bombing raid.

Following a concert in New York on May 26, 1950, Spalding announced his retirement from the concert stage. Thereafter, he taught master classes at Boston University College of Music and, in winter months, at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He died in New York in 1953, at the age of 64.

Near the end of his life, Spalding appeared on LP records, on budget issues by small record labels, but performing substantial fare. Particularly of note are his accounts of the Beethoven and Brahms violin concerti recorded for Remington Records in Vienna, Austria's Brahms Hall in 1952, his last recording sessions. In both, Wilhelm Loibner conducted an ensemble billed as the Austrian Symphony Orchestra. For the same company Spalding earlier recorded the three Brahms violin sonatas with pianist ErnÅ‘ Dohnányi; selected Brahms Hungarian Dances with pianists Dohnányi and Anthony Kooiker, who toured with Spalding for four years; and a collection of music by Tartini, Corelli, and J.S. Bach, some in his own arrangements, with Kooiker. A recital of short pieces issued on the Halo label, with accompanist Jules Wolffers, captures Spalding's voice as he announces two of the works.

REMINGTON Records LP item - BLACK and GOLD record labels with inverse GOLD and BLACK lettering - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in the USA
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: 1953
Record Catalog Number: RLP 199-145

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring -

BRAHMS // Albert SPALDING

Performed by -
Albert Spalding, violin
Wilhelm Loibner, conductor
The Austrian Symphony Orchestra

LP Title -
BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO with ALBERT SPALDING

Track listings -
1. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 for Violin and Orchestra

CONDITION Details:
The JACKET:
The LP jacket is in Near Mint minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact. The  jacket shows some shelf wear, primarily at the corners and seams and some light color staining on the front and back of the jacket due to age.
The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors, just a tiny bit of fading/staining due to age - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in EXCELLENT plus condition - a finer copy of this vintage LP would be very hard to find. Consider that we are talking about Remington vinyl (as collectors of this label are aware, Remington vinyl was plagued with poor quality vinyl and defects). This LP was made in 1953, the early days of the LP record - given these factors, the LP is in absolutely remarkable condition. NOT perfect, as these records never are, but a fine, collectors grade LP nonetheless.
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has NO serious marks on it, obviously well taken care of.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them.
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP does have some light marks (spider marks mostly) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Remington LP RLP199-145 NM
  • Manufacturer: Remington Records
  • Condition: Used

REMINGTON LP RLP199-145: A. SPALDING - Brahms Violin Conc., 1953

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