C0307. RAFAEL KUBELIK Cond. Vienna Phil.: Jupiter Symphony #41 in C, K.551 (Mozart); Eroica Symphony #3 in E-flat (Beethoven). (Austria) 2-Orfeo Stereo C 587 022, Live Performance, 13 Aug., 1971. Final copy! - 675754785123
“Those were the days! Imagine Rafael Kubelik and the Vienna Philharmonic performing Mozart's ‘Jupiter’ and Beethoven's ‘Eroica’ together at the Salzburg Festival on 13 August, 1971. Kubelik was the greatest Czech conductor of the second half of the twentieth century and the Vienna Philharmonic is the greatest Mozart/Beethoven orchestra in the world. As a conductor, Kubelik was lucid and passionate, deeply soulful and profoundly spiritual. As an orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic has everything that Mozart and Beethoven want: power, precision, character, and the overwhelming belief that music is the art form that touches the infinite. And together that night in the Grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Kubelik and the Vienna Philharmonic touched the infinite with a incandescent performance of the ‘Jupiter’ and an incendiary performance of the ‘Eroica’."
- Zillah D. Akron