Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conductor: Rafael Kubelik. Recorded at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996) was the son of the well-known Bohemian violinist Jan Kubelik. He studied music in Prague and made his conducting debut at 20 at the head of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became the principal conductor of this famous orchestra and founded the "Prague Spring" Festival. After the Communist takeover of the government, Kubelik emigrated to the West and returned to his native land only after the end of the Communist regime. Kubelik was a full-blooded musician. Every performance of his radiated a feeling of spontaneity, impulsiveness and joy.