J.S. Bach: Wachet aut, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV140
Performers: soloists Giebel, Topper, Schreier and Adam; Thomanechor Leipzig; Mitglieder des Gewandhausorcvhesters Leipzig
Archiv Production LP 198 407 - quite a magical cantata which I haven't auditioned in a LONG time. Very good sound quality and captivating performance.
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major ("Reformation")
Performers: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Deutsche Grammophon LP 415 018-1 - eloquently played, this composition does have a lot of rhetorical "fluff" which can be a bit heavy compared with Mendelssohn's lighter works, but Bernstein captures the strengths of this work. The Israel Philharmonic rises to the occasion and sounds splendid.