Leinsdorf: Prokofiev Lt. Kije + Kodaly Hary Janos Suites - Capitol SP 8548
Jacket EX / LP EX
This beautiful LP from Capitol (SP 8548, US pressing, rainbow label, Capitol logo at 9 o'clock, stereo) features conductor Erich Leinsdorf and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a brilliant pairing of Prokofiev's Lt. Kije Suite and Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite. These are high-octane, colorful performances, sumptuously recorded all in demonstration quality sound.
A decided bonus in Leinsdorf's presentation of the Prokofiev is the inclusion of the vocal parts, here taken with commanding presence by baritone Dan Iordachescu.
Some of Leinsdorf Capitol outings are marred by boxy sound – e.g., depending on the venue, those recorded in Hollywood – but these remarkable performances were set down in the fabled acoustics of London's Kingsway Hall in 1959
There are insightful liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The wonderful cover art is similarly uncredited, alas. This album was produced by the great Richard Jones.