- Symphony No. 38 in D major ("Prague"), K. 504
- Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5)
Despite the age of these recordings, listeners may be pleasantly surprised to find how clean and detailed they are, as well as how musically compelling. Rafael Kubelik recorded Antonin Dvorák's "Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From the New World," in 1951, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, Prague," in 1953, on both occasions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. These performances have previously been released by Mercury Living Presence, and the mere mention of that label should get an audiophile's attention, as should Opus Kura, the Japanese label that releases high-quality CDs of restored vintage recordings and has added these remarkable performances to its respected catalog. While casual listeners may balk at the mono reproduction, the slightly compressed sound, and the generally limited capacities of historic recordings, more experienced listeners will appreciate the pains that have been taken to make these recordings sound as clear as possible, and admirers of the conductor and the orchestra will be irresistibly pulled into the music. This disc is recommended for connoisseurs of mid-20th century recordings, though listeners who prefer hearing these works through modern technology may seek out Kubelik's 1991 all-digital recordings of the same pieces with the Czech Philharmonic on Denon.