BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 1 . Piano Concerto
No. 3 (Peter Serkin). MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition.
A Night on Bare Mountain. BRITTEN: Young
Person's Guide to the Orchestra. SCOENBERG: Piano Concerto, Op. 42
(Peter Serkin). 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 43. Fantasy for Violin with Piano.
Accompaniment, Op. 47. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5in E minor, Op. 64. BEETHOVEN:
No. 5 in C minor, Op. ∞7. SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in B minor: "Unfinished"
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 1 . Piano Concerto No. 3 (Peter Serkin).
This issue is nothing special. Seiji Ozawa (b. 1935) was fortunate throughout his career to be involved with many of the world's great orchestras, particularly the Boston Symphony. He was appointed Music Director of that orchestra in 1973 and held that position for 29 years. Ozawa was a favorite for decades making countless recordings for various labels. Warner Classics has issued a 25-disk budget set of many of Ozawa's recordings for labels associated with them, and EMI also has issued their recordings under his direction.
Now we have this Sony 7 disk set of Ozawa's recordings made with the Chicago Symphony for RCA 1965 - 1968. Most were made in Orchestra Hall, a few in Medinah Temple, Audio quality is disappointing; RCA's engineers had difficulties recording in Orchestra Hall after some physical changes were made in that great concert hall. Ozawa's Pictures at an Exhibition, cannot match in performance or audio the fantastic Fritz Reiner recording with the same orchestra made in 1957. Each CD in the new set has its own cardboard jacket with original release cover and program notes. A 36-page booklet is included with complete recording information. Limited interest here.
R.E.B. (April 2017)