before the flood ...,
This review is from: Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (Audio CD)
A great orchestra playing its heart out in its core repertoire. Passionate and quick witted performances full of idiomatic and sometimes unfamiliar phrasing that never ever sounds affected or calculated. Within 10 seconds or so you will probably have adapted to the 1930s sound. It is priceless to hear an orchestra speak to us from the past so vividly.
During the 1930s the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra made regular visits to London and these performances were recorded then. It is so poignant to realise that central Europe then lay on the brink of catastrophes that would have changed forever the lives of these musicians, and of their families.