Also recorded by this team in 1945 was Dvorak's 5th Symphony so I'm wondering, did they really record both symphonies in the same year, or has the catalogue on which Jonathan is relying fallen foul of the old confusion over numbering: in those days the "New World" was called no.5 and the F major (now known as no.5) went as no.3.
Though I'm sure this recording has had no "official" rerelease as a physical CD I picked it up a few years ago as a free download from a blog that seems to have since disappeared into the ether (the same blog also provided the German Welsh Rhapsody Jonathan mentions), so I can confirm that the Symphony played is the "real" no.5 not the "New World". The number is Col.DX 1315-19.
If by any chance Weldon and the CBSO recorded both symphonies, the F major was surely the major contribution since it was so rare at the time. Indeed, I'm wondering if it wasn't actually the first recording of that symphony, I'm not aware of even a Czech recording before the famous Sejna of the early 50s. Do you have any info on this, Jonathan?
First recording or not, Weldon certainly has a good feeling for the symphony, which would make a worthwhile follow-up to the lighter fare on the CD Jonathan has reviewed. The sound as downloaded is rather woolly and boomy but maybe sympathetic restoration with a good set of originals could improve this.
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