Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88 - Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Mackerras; In Nature's Realm, Op. 91; Carnival; Op. 92; Othello, Op. 93 - Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Laszlo Somogyi
KHCD-2012-092DL (STEREO) - Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88 - Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Mackerras; In Nature's Realm, Op. 91; Carnival; Op. 92; Othello, Op. 93 - Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Laszlo Somogyi - The Checkmate Hamburg/Mackerras recording of the 8th symphony was well-received when it was first issued in October 1967. When the Checkmate label ceased publishing, Nonesuch (the parent label of the short-lived Checkmate series) picked up some of the titles in the series. It is the later 1971 Nonesuch pressing that is used for this reissue. This recording has shown up on other private labels, so this may look familiar to some of my customers; I am offering my take upon this amiable performance. The "Nature, Life and Love" overtures are given sensitive readings by the often overworked VSOO lead by Hungarian conductor Somogyi, in a 1964 Westminster recording. ABC/Paramount's pressing on this disc was actually quite good, and yielded a warm, mid-distant sonic stage.
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