The sound here is glorious, full of all of the qualities that make listening to classical music in analog so involving
There are many great recordings of the work, and we had plenty to choose from, but for sonics and performance combined, Solti’s Decca recording from 1965 could not be beat
“Solti’s Concerto for Orchestra with the LSO was one of the finest of its day and remains so. Highly recommended.”
If you’re a fan of Bartok’s orchestral masterpiece, this London from 1965 belongs in your collection.
The complete list of titles from 1965 that we’ve reviewed to date can be found here.
Watch out for Solti’s later recordings for Decca – they usually have an obvious shortcoming which we cannot abide in the classical records we play
Solti breathes life into these works as only he can and the Decca engineering team led by Kenneth Wilkinson do him proud.
“Solti was regarded as, above all, a superb Wagnerian. His performances and countless recordings of other nineteenth century German and Austrian music were also well-regarded, as were his Verdi and his frequent forays into such twentieth century repertory as Bartók, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.”
This Philips Festivo reissue LP (not as pictured by the way, that’s an original) plays Mint Minus or better and sounds GREAT! This is a wonderful record — I Musici is one of my favorite groups. They play with tremendous energy, enthusiasm and feeling, taking works that have been recorded poorly by too many others and performing them with gusto.
The ‘Ancient Dances and Airs’ is superb here, one of the best on record. Britten’s ‘Simple Symphony’ is one of the best I’ve ever heard as well. Barber’s ‘Adagio For Strings’ is good but you can find better if you look hard enough. Highest recommendation for music.