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MOZART SYMPHONIES 34 AND 38 - CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - CONDUCTOR RAFAEL KUBELIK
Rafael Kubelik was conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra between 1950 and 1953. He was followed by the great Fritz Reiner who made the orchestra into one of the greatest orchestras in the world.
These recordings of the Symphonies 34 and 38 clearly show that before Reiner's arrival they were a first class orchestra. These beautifully crafted performances contain soft string tones, when required, and beautiful phrasing which are evident right from the start of the performance of Symphony # 38 on track one.
For me, however, the absolute gem of the download is the final movement of # 34. I have rarely heard such effervescent playing of this movement.
I had this recording on LP in the 1960s on the 'Wing' label (Mercury) and their passing when I moved to tapes and then CDs was much lamented. Now united with them again I am in heaven!
The only sadness surrounding these recordings is that it is alleged that Kubelik was forced out of his post as a result of swingeing criticisms made of him by a critic at the Chicago Tribune. All I will say is that if these performances are a fair reflection of his work with the orchestra then I would disagree with the critic concerned, even if I live to be a hundred.
I would warmly recommend these recordings to other ClassicsOnline customers. The recordings, despite being in mono, are forward and clear, which is testament to the good work done by the Mercury engineers in the 1950s.
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