DGG LP 138 930: BRAHMS Violin Concerto - Christian FERRAS, 1970s
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Background on this item -
Christian Ferras (June 17, 1933 – September 14, 1982) was a French violinist, born at Le Touquet in 1933. He began studying the violin with his father, who was a pupil of Marcel Chailley. He entered the Conservatoire de Nice as a student of Charles Bistesi in 1941, and in 1943 obtained the First Prize. In 1944 he went to the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1946 he won the First Prize in both disciplines (violin and chamber music), and started his performing career with the Pasdeloup Orchestra under Albert Wolff, and later Paul Paray. He worked with Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu, who also acted as an instructor. The Violin Concerto by Federico Elizalde was premiered by Ginette Neveu in Paris in 1944, but Christian Ferras gave its London premiere under the direction of Gaston Poulet, in the presence of the composer, and made the world premiere recording on November 7, 1947, when he was aged only 14.

In 1948 Ferras won First Prize at the international Scheveningen Festival; Yehudi Menuhin was among the judges. He premiered Arthur Honegger's Sonata for Solo Violin in the Salle Gaveau on November 16, 1948. In 1949, Ferras won the second prize (the first prize was not awarded) in the international Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition. It was there that he met Pierre Barbizet, with whom he formed one of the most famous partnerships in the history of piano-violin collaboration. In 1950 he, along with Jean-Pierre Rampal and George Enescu, recorded various works by J.S. Bach. It was at this point that his career took off when he was invited by Karl Böhm to play with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1951. He subsequently gave a series of concerts in, amongst other places, Japan and South America.

In 1952, he premiered both Claude Pascal's violin sonata and, with Pierre Barbizet, Ivan Semenoff's Double Concerto. In 1954, he recorded Brahms's Violin Concerto with Carl Schuricht. This was his first recording that can be said to have been a veritable success. 1959 was a year in which Ferras rose to real prominence: he began his career in the United States by playing Brahms's concerto under Charles Munch; recorded Bach's Double Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin; played at the Prades Festival with Pablo Casals and Wilhelm Kempff; and premiered Gyula Bando's Violin Concerto. In 1960 he premiered Serge Nigg's Concerto, which the composer is said to have written "for the violin and not without the violin".

Ferras then made many recordings with EMI, including:

Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin with Pierre Barbizet (1958)
Berg's chamber concerto and his Violin Concerto 'to the memory of an angel'.
He went on in 1964 to record the Brahms Concerto with Herbert von Karajan under the Deutsche Grammophon label, and then the concertos of Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Bach, which are the recordings for which he is most admired. He continued to make recordings with Deutsche Grammophon: with Barbizet, the violin sonatas of Brahms, Schumann, Franck and Lekeu; and also a disc with Jean-Claude Ambrosini at the piano.

In 1975, he was awarded recognition by the Conservatoire de Paris for his works, and retired from regular public performance for health reasons. He returned to playing in Paris on March 9, 1982 with Alain Lefèvre and then on May 6 with Pierre Barbizet. He gave his last concert in Vichy on August 25, 1982.

Christian Ferras struggled with severe lifelong depression. He committed suicide in Paris on September 14, 1982.

DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records LP item - YELLOW record labels with RED and BLUE lettering, with some gold lettering encircling the record label as well - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in GERMANY
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record issued in: 1960’s (recorded), this LP is a reissue from the 1970s
Record Catalog Number: 138 930

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


Performed by -
Christian Ferras, violin
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Berliner Philharmoniker

LP Title -

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

The LP jacket is in Near MINT minus condition.
DGG jackets were usually made of flimsy paper. As such, over time, they wear easily, especially if handled to any extent. This jacket is in terrific shape, obviously rarely handled. The seams are perfect with no splits. Nice shiny coating of clarifoil on the entire jacket. There is some very light shelf wear, primarily with respect to the seams and corners, but nothing serious at all.  
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind on the jacket.  
There is NO hand writing on the jacket front or back. No color foxing evident either - gorgeous jacket overall.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!
It retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has no serious marks, obviously well taken care of - just a couple of light marks that we did not affect the playing and enjoyment of the record in any way on our audio gear. This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems - as for any record, we recommend a thorough cleaning before playing!
There are NO significant spindle marks on the record labels that we could see, just a couple of light ones.
This is the near mint copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile should be happy with this one! A better copy would be very difficult to locate!

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 #: DGG LP 138 930 NM
  • Manufacturer: DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records
  • Condition: Used

DGG LP 138 930: BRAHMS Violin Concerto - Christian FERRAS, 1970s

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