C0338. DIMITRI MITROPOULOS Cond. Vienna Phil.: Symphony #2 in C (Schumann); Symphony #5 in B-flat (Prokofiev). (Austria) Orfeo C 627 041, Live Performance, 21 Aug., 1954, Salzburg Festival. - 4011790627120
[The above] was Mitropolous’ début with the VPO and seems to have been a love-match from the beginning….Mitropoulos’ Prokofiev Fifth joins Koussevitzky’s, Karajan’s, and perhaps Szell’s at the pinnacle of recorded renditions….This is a superb disc, one of the high points of the Orfeo Salzburg series.
- Stephen D. Chakwin, Jr., AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2006
“[Mitropoulos]...This wonderful, saintly man had such tremendous energy and fire. He used to ask us for a huge dynamic range, and you can hear that so especially effectively in the performances of Mahler we gave with him. But then he was passionate about everything he conducted, and that included the newest and toughest music, which he tackled with the greatest enthusiasm.”
- Stanley Drucker, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Winter, 2010