BBC Music Magazine - - BUILDING A LIBRARY -

Should cu­rios­ity tempt you to add The State Sym­phony Orches­tra of the USSR Min­istry of Cul­ture’s record­ing to your col­lec­tion, re­sist it. Gen­nady Rozhdestven­sky’s as­tute, sym­pa­thetic con­duct­ing isn’t the dif­fi­culty. The prob­lem is the soloists (and to some ex­tent the cho­rus), whose sketchy com­mand of English is dis­tract­ing, to the point where words are un­de­ci­pher­able. This is one in­stance where some­thing ir­re­place­able is lost in trans­la­tion.

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