EPIC LP LC 3900: BEETHOVEN Sonatas No 29, 31 Charles Rosen 1960s
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Background on this item -
Charles Rosen (born May 5, 1927) is an American pianist and author on music. In his youth he studied piano with Moriz Rosenthal. Rosenthal, born in 1862, had been a student of Franz Liszt. Rosenthal's memories of the 19th century in classical music were communicated to his pupil and appear frequently in Rosen's later writings.

Rosen has said that the pianist Józef Hofmann, whom he heard every year from age three to twelve, was a greater influence on him than Rosenthal. He recalls having played for Leopold Godowsky at age seven; Godowsky asked Rosen what he would like to be when he grew up, and, to Godowsky's amusement, Rosen answered, "I want to be a pianist like Józef Hofmann." Rosen has also named Arturo Toscanini as a great influence.

Following his training Rosen pursued a successful career as a concert pianist, appearing in numerous recitals and orchestral engagements around the world. He recorded a number of 20th century works at the invitation of their composers, including music by Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, and Pierre Boulez. His recordings also include earlier literature such as Debussy's Études, Schumann's works for solo piano, Beethoven's late sonatas and Diabelli Variations, and Bach's Art of Fugue and Goldberg Variations.

Rosen is also the author of many acclaimed books about music. Perhaps his most famous work is The Classical Style (1971), which analyzes the nature and evolution of the high classical style as it was developed by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. For it he won the U.S. National Book Award in category Arts and Letters. Sonata Forms (1980) is in some ways a follow-up on The Classical Style; it is an intensive analysis of the primary musical form used in the classical era. The Romantic Generation (1995) covers the work of the early generation of Romantic composers, including Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

Although Charles Rosen in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is referred as one of the musicologist Oliver Strunk's students, he never formally studied musicology and he has not gained a degree in musicology.

The polymathic Rosen has also published in other areas of the humanities: Romanticism and Realism: The Mythology of Nineteenth-Century Art and Romantic Poets, Critics, and Other Madmen.

Rosen has from time to time held positions as a university professor. He holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Princeton University and has taught at Harvard University, Stony Brook University, University of Chicago, University of Oxford and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.

EPIC Records LP item - YELLOW record labels with BLACK lettering (see pictures)
Record Made in CANADA
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Record Made in: 1960s
Record Catalog Number: LC 3900

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

Performers on this disc include -

Music and/or LP Title -
1. Hammerklavier Sonata Op.106 (Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat, Op.106)
2. Sonata in A-Flat Op.110 (Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat, Op.110)

The LP jacket is in excellent plus condition.
There are NO seam splits - the jacket is completely intact, and shows only some very mild shelf wear, primarily at the seams and corners.  
The jacket has a tiny drill hole at the bottom, right, front of the jacket, and has the remains of a price sticker at the front, top, right of the jacket - see pictures with this listing for a better understanding of the condition of this item.
There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket (see picture with this listing for more detail).
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!
The LP retains most of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has NO visible marks that we could discern - obviously well taken care of.  
This is the copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile or collector should be happy with this one.
The LP may have a slight spider mark or two (caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending of course, on the sensitivity of your turntable, arm and cartridge).
We play tested the LP on our audio system and it performed in Near Mint minus condition for a record of this vintage.  
There are NO significant spindle marks on the record labels.

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 (even brand new LPs).

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 #: EPIC LP LC 3900 NM
  • Manufacturer: Epic Records
  • Condition: Used

EPIC LP LC 3900: BEETHOVEN Sonatas No 29, 31 Charles Rosen 1960s

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