EMI LP QALP 10208: STRAVINSKY - Petrouchka - KURTZ - 1958 ITALY
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Background on this item -
Efrem Kurtz studied with Glazunov, Tcherepnin and Vitol at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and subsequently at the University of Riga and the Stern Conservatory in Berlin. He made his conducting debut when he substituted at short notice for Nikisch in a performance featuring the dancer Isadora Duncan: as a result he was engaged to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as other German orchestras. Between 1924 and 1933 he was chief conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, and supervised music broadcasting in southern Germany. He conducted at the Salzburg Festival in 1930 and 1931, and undertook tours with another dancer, Anna Pavlova, throughout Europe (including England), South America and Australia between 1928 and 1931, the year of her death.

Following the accession to power of the National Socialist government in 1933, Kurtz was forced to leave Germany as a result of its racial policies. He worked as chief conductor of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo (as Diaghilev’s company was known when it continued after his death) between 1933 and 1941, traveling widely with it across Europe and North America, where he settled, taking American citizenship in 1944. Kurtz was chief conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra between 1943 and 1947, followed by a period (1948–1954) in the same position with the Houston Symphony Orchestra; he significantly developed the playing standards of both orchestras. After a period as joint music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with John Pritchard between 1955 and 1957, Kurtz pursued his career entirely as a guest conductor. He visited Russia in 1966, when he conducted the Leningrad and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras, and also conducted opera in Italy, in Milan and Rome. He married the flautist Elaine Shaffer in 1955; she pre-deceased him in 1973.

Kurtz made relatively few recordings, but this small corpus nonetheless contains several extremely fine interpretations. Not surprisingly ballet music is well represented, with idiomatic accounts of suites from Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, excerpts from Respighi’s arrangement of music by Rossini for the ballet La Boutique fantasque and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, all recorded for EMI. For the same company he made an outstanding early recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, scintillating accounts of excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel, and both Prokofiev’s and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Kurtz accompanied Yehudi Menuhin in a best-selling performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and his wife Elaine Shaffer in the two Mozart flute concertos. While working in the USA he also recorded with considerable success for the American Columbia company: repertoire here included the first recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 and another popular ballet score, Gaîté Parisienne, arranged from the music of Offenbach. Kurtz was a fine conductor of Russian music, and an excellent interpreter of the Diaghilev ballet repertoire.

EMI Records LP item - ‘La Voce Del Padrone’ which translates to His Master’s Voice - RED record labels with SILVER lettering, with the Nipper “Half Dog” label where the dog takes up about half of the entire record label on each side - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in ITALY
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in 1958 - on very heavy vinyl
Record Catalog Number: QALP 10208
Stamper Info - Side 1: "2XEA 1207-IN", "1" at 9 o'clock
Stamper Info - Side 2: "2XEA 1208-IN", "1" at 9 o'clock
Comes with the Original Inner Plastic Record Sleeve

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


Performers on this title include -
Efrem Kurtz, conductor
The Orchestra Philharmonia Di Londra

LP Title -
PETROUCHKA - Musica da Balleto, version from 1947

Track listings -
1. Petrouchka

The JACKET is in Near Mint minus condition. The jacket is completely intact, with NO seam splits. It has lovely fold over seams, both top and bottom and is covered by clarifoil (very high quality and expensive process). The jacket shows some light shelf wear - primarily the corners and seams. The jacket has NO cut out marks of any kind. There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket. See picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in Near Mint minus condition! Considering the age of the record, the vinyl is in great condition - a better copy would be very difficult to locate. The LP does have some light superficial spider marks - these are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the record sleeve. The LP has a few light spindle marks - nothing serious. The record retains much of it's original gloss and sheen. It is a lovely slab of super rare vinyl - in exceptional condition. When play graded on our audio system, the record performed very well, with only some very rare, light noise that did not detract from the performance in any way.

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 #: EMI LP QALP 10208 NM
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: Used

EMI LP QALP 10208: STRAVINSKY - Petrouchka - KURTZ - 1958 ITALY

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