Slatkin/St. Louis SO: Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 - RCA/Hoechst (DDD)
Jacket: NM / Vinyl: NM / German pressing
This beautiful LP – a like-new collector’s copy – from RCA · Hoechst (DL28244, Club issue, German pressing, RCA Red Seal label, DDD stereo) features Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's powerful and gleaming account of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major Op. 100, recorded on 31 January / 1 February 1984 at Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis (producer: Jay David Saks).
Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony has long been something of a Slatkin specialty – this listener heard him conduct the St. Louis SO in on tour at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco in this piece and it was a walloping, brilliant performance – the RCA production is no less fine and boasts demonstration quality sound. Although this is a German club issue, it was taken from the RCA master tapes and, moreover, the artwork is more attractive than the original US release – a superb disc in every way.
Incidentally, the striking cover art reproduces a detail from a mosaic by Prof. Blasius Spreng, which hangs in the foyer of the Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst. There are fine liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in German only.