Which is more important, the music or the sound?
Marmez1@aol.com | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For me it is always the music. I would rather listen to a deeply moving performance recorded in the 1930's than a bland one recorded in DDD in the 1990's. The Kol Nidre is so beautiful and so well played that it is moving beyond description. (I listen to this version every year for its spiritual as well as its musical value.) But it is the Dvorak to which I repeatedly turn. Yes, the Czech Philharmonic is not the Berlin or the Vienna Philharmonic. That is precisely the point. Here we are listening to a young George Szell conducting the Czech Phil. with a young Casals playing. In my mind's eye I can imagine that only a few months from the time of this recording, Nazi storm troopers will be occupying that same concert hall. This piece and this performance recall a different time and a different era, now lost forever. Call it the old school if you will, but to me the musical values and the emotions evoked by this recording merit five stars and repeated listening."