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This is volume 14 of Supraphon's excellent Václav Talich Special Edition and, despite the other reviewer's negative comment, the sound quality on the disc is well-remastered 1950s mono and more than acceptable for those interested in recordings made in the middle of the twentieth century.

This CD opens with Tálich and the Czech Philharmonic giving us Handel's Concerto for Oboe & Strings in G minor with Frantisek Hanták as the soloist. Clearly, this "big-band" performance isn't going to please those who prefer "authentic" Baroque recordings (as, often, do I) but, as a performance, it's very good indeed. This recording comes from 1954.

1954 was the year, too, in which the second selection on the CD was recorded; the Bach Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in D minor. Here we have a rare recording of Tálich and the Czech Philharmonic playing with that pianistic giant, Sviatoslav Richter, taken down during the latter's appearances at that years Prague Spring festival. A memorable performance.

We go back four years to 1950 to hear Tálich conduct the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bach's Orchestral Suite in D major; here the sound quality is a little rough for the first minute or two but then settles down.

The CD is presented to the high standard Supraphon set with this invaluable series of discs, with excellent notes - recommended to those who might like to dip their ears in historical recordings!
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on 29 May 2010
Such a bad recording it's hard to tell if the actual performances are of any quality at all.
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