Offered for sale is a copy of the 4 LP, 180 gram, 45 RPM Classic Records reissue of Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, performed by Kiril Kondrashin and the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Artur Rubinstein on piano. This was originally issued in 1960 by RCA Records as LSC-2323.
About this copy: This copy of Capriccio Italien was released in a limited edition, 45 RPM issue, pressed on 4 single-sided, 180 gram discs for optimum sound quality. The first two discs in the set come in a printed cover that duplicates the cover used on the original RCA release, and the label features the “shaded dog” RCA label art that was used on the original pressing. The other two discs in the set are in plain white jackets.
The records and covers are in M- condition. This is a beautiful copy of one of the more sought-after titles in the Classic Records 45 RPM series.
Background: Classic Records earned a solid reputation by reissuing long-out-of-print and highly sought out classical titles originally released by RCA in the late 1950s and early 1960s. These pressings offered great dynamics and wide, impressive soundstages. Unfortunately, they also sold in limited numbers when new and finding mint used copies has become quite difficult. Classic Records began reissuing many of these titles in the mid 1990s, first as 180 gram 33 1/3 LPs, and later as limited edition pressings cut at 45 RPM on multiple, single-sided discs for optimum sound quality. Some of these titles were pressed multiple times at different weights and types of vinyl. Later pressings note Quiex SV, Quiex SV-P, Clarity Vinyl or 200 Gram vinyl on the jackets. Earlier, 180 gram pressings omit this.
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