Artist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
Title: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain
Release Date: 1969
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Sony Classical
He is “one of those rarities, a natural conductor”, exclaimed one reviewer after Seiji Ozawa’s Chicago Symphony debut on July 16, 1963 at the orchestra’s Ravinia Festival. “His technical facility is phenomenal, his sense of rhythm both solid and subtle, and his knowledge of scores… detailed and intimate.” Another Chicago critic concurred: “His conducting technique reminds you of his teacher, Herbert von Karajan, in that it lays the score in the lap of the orchestra with transparency of gesture and human communication, then commands acceptance.” At the end of the season, the 27-year-old podium sensation was appointed the festival’s first-ever music director, and in the years that followed Ozawa also became a regular CSO guest at Orchestra Hall, its downtown home.
Between 1965 and 1968, he and the orchestra made a series of remarkable albums for RCA. Selected releases are now remastered form the original master tapes and releases for the first time on HighResAudio. They represent an early high-point — perhaps unsurpassed — in the Japanese maestro’s long and distinguished recording career. Featured among these dynamic Ozawa/Chicago performances are three cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire: the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphonies and the Schubert “Unfinished”, all remastered from the original analogue tapes for this edition.
“The Chicago Symphony is one of the greatest orchestras I have ever conducted, and I have had no greater glory in music than I have experienced here.” With those words, Seiji Ozawa singled out the significance of his Ravinia tenure and ensuing collaboration with the CSO.
- Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Andante – Allegro con anima – 14:06
- Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza – 12:20
- Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: III. Valse. Allegro moderato – 5:54
- Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: IV. Finale. Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace – 12:03
- Night on Bald Mountain – 10:50