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As if the humungous Ormandy box wasn't enough, directly on its heels Sony has release a much smaller box of Artur Rodzinski recordings featuring the New York orchestra but not his Cleveland recordings - I'm sure those will come in another box at some point. This one's sixteen CDs. I am a long-time fan of Rodzinski - I discovered him soon after Ormandy as a twelve-year-old. He doesn't seem to get much love from anyone, which is a shame and hopefully this box will help right that wrong because he was a wonderful conductor with a keen sense of music. His Prokofiev fifth here is white hot and one of my favorite recordings and the sound on that one is superb. The first two discs have a surprising amount of disc noise - surprising because they usually clean those up really well. The Tchaikovsky sixth, too. I'm on that disc as I write this - disc five. The Tchaikovsky stuff on disc four, on the other hand, sounds amazing. I still have twenty CDs left to hear in the Ormandy box but just had to listen to this set before going back to that one. So far I'm enjoying it a whole heap and will report back as I hear more. Meanwhile, I'd snap this up, seriously.
UPDATE: Finished the box. Really fun, occasionally weird, most of it sounds fine, and there are several gems here. Well worth everyone's time and am hoping it sells well enough to get the rest of the Columbia Rodzinski material.