A couple of comments on Karl's surprise at his recommendation of Ormandy
>4-Slovak, Ormandy (yes, Ormandy), Ashkenazy...I still don't have one that
Not having grown up in my adopted city, I was never a big Ormandy fan,
but every Shostakovich recording I've heard by him and the PO has been
outstanding. RCA has just released on CD their 15th (heard it on the
radio; simply stunned at the end to hear it was the hometown gang), and
Sony has coupled the 4th with the 10th at budget price. The new archival
set has a wonderful live 6th.
Don't forget that, between Ormandy and Stokowski, Philadelphia has a
longer, more important connection with DS's music than any other orchestra
outside Leningrand/St Petersburg!
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