The centerpiece of this set featuring one of the great conductors of the last century is a 1941 rendition of Dvorák's Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World") with the Czech Philharmonic. The collection begins with J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite no. 3 and ends with a beautifully lyrical rendition of Tchaikovsky's Suite no. 4, op. 61, "Mozartiana."
"The overture to The Marriage of Figaro … is strong evidence of [Vaclav] Talich's buoyancy as a Mozart conductor—evidence cemented by the B flat Symphony, No. 33…. One can hear even in the opening movement [of the Dvorak] the sense of attacca tensile strength, powerful and strong, that courses through this reading…. Strong positives are the Wagnerian glow of the slow movement and the skittering folk violins in the Scherzo, which is just a touch more expansive than the later recordings. Talich admirers will need to add this rare recording to their shelves."—Musicweb International