Speaking of Otto Klemperer ...
Last weekend during Music Appreciation Mornings with my son, I decided to treat him to the Klemperer recording of Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements and Pulcinella Suite, as seen on the left.
Columbia (UK) SAX 2588
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, 1962 and 1963
This isn't my copy on the left, but I do own a red label original of the album. I don't believe that a Blue and Silver label of this album was ever produced.
It was luck of the draw that I happened to stumble across this album at a Midwest record collector's show in the suburbs of Chicago. Hardly any of the dealers there (back in 2003 or 2004) sold any classical music, but a few threw some classical boxes in with their jazz for sale. I rummaged through the boxes of one dealer whom I had met before, a quiet older fellow who generally knew what he possessed and charged top dollar prices for his items. Somehow, I landed on this album, picked it out (the disc was in near mint condition), and asked him how much he wanted for it. My heart beat nervously. I had a feeling that this was quite rare and wasn't sure if he was well versed in British Columbia/EMI classical recordings. Five dollars, he told me. A sigh of relief. I handed over the money and quickly walked away. As it turned out, I found a copy on sale on a British classical LP web site for over 150 British pounds.
It's really a wonderful album. Now I don't think Klemperer was well known to be a great Stravinsky interpreter, but somehow this recording is still very enjoyable. I particularly like the Pulcinella Suite. The LP has been reissued on CD, but sadly, it doesn't come with the fantastic Picasso cover.