Ozawa's Carmina is perfectly OK, involved chorus, good soloists perhaps not at their best, lovely sound. But do we need this? Doesn't RCA have something better and more generous to reissue, or is it just making hay?
Overall, the performance is loud and drab at the same time, the chorus a little lispy (give 'em some water!), the orchestra a little bored, uninvolved. This performance would be fine as a routine subscription concert offering for a Saturday afternoon, but not something to be perpetuated on disk.
On down the road and a decade earlier, Fritz Mahler and the Hartford Symphony did a fun and committed performance for Vanguard that outdoes this after about 20 bars. The vocal quartet is a great ensemble and the chorus and orchestra involved to the hilt. Collectors are leagues better off with it.
Or there's Dorati's thrilling, dramatic traversal and Stokowski's lewd and sumptuous one that throws decorum to the wind and gets down to the mood and music. Fruhbeck, Jochum, and Smetacek are other outstanding, musical, committed offerings with better soloists and production values.
We don't need this, RCA. Yank it from the catalog and reissue some other contemporary music performances (Sessions, Fine, Sommer, Mennin, Martinon, Persechetti, Varese) that you've done that we really need and want.