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Orchestral Music - BEETHOVEN, L. van / SMETANA, B. / WAGNER, R. / WEBER, C.M. von / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (The Art of George Szell, Vol. 1) (1943-1957)

Orchestral Music - BEETHOVEN, L. van / SMETANA, B. / WAGNER, R. / WEBER, C.M. von / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (The Art of George Szell, Vol. 1) (1943-1957)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Cleveland Orchestra

Orchestra

New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

George Szell

Conductor

George Szell

Conductor

Joseph Szigeti

Soloist

George Szell

Soloist

audience

Choral

Venue:

Carnegie Hall, New York

Venue

Severance Hall, Cleveland

Venue

Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 290:19
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Orchestral Music - BEETHOVEN, L. van / SMETANA, B. / WAGNER, R. / WEBER, C.M. von / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (The Art of George Szell, Vol. 1) (1943-1957)

   
   
     


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JOHN STAFFORD SMITH

1 

The Star Spangled Banner

1:39
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

 

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

 
2 I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace 11:51
3 II. Allegretto 8:47
4 III. Presto, assai meno presto 7:58
5 IV. Allegro con brio 7:17
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

BEDRICH SMETANA

6 

Ma vlast (My Fatherland)

12:51
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

RICHARD WAGNER

7 

Tannhauser

13:49
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA

8 

The Stars and Stripes Forever

3:35
 George Szell Conductor


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JOHN STAFFORD SMITH

1 

The Star Spangled Banner

1:33
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

2 

Oberon, J. 306: Overture

9:10
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

 

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, MWV N16, 'Italian'

 
3 I. Allegro vivace 10:14
4 II. Andante con moto 5:36
5 III. Con moto moderato 6:55
6 IV. Saltarello: Presto 5:40
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

7 

Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156

15:59
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

GEORGE GERSHWIN

8 

Rhapsody in Blue *

16:11
 George Szell Soloist


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BEDRICH SMETANA

1 

Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride)

6:33
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

GEORGE SZELL

 

String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, 'From my life' (arr. George Szell for orchestra)

 
2 I. Allegro vivo appassionato 7:54
3 II. Alla polka 5:20
4 III. Largo sostenuto 9:08
5 IV. Vivace - Meno mosso 6:46
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

RICHARD STRAUSS

6 

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), Op. 28, TrV 171

13:48
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851)

 
7 I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft 9:05
8 II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 4:18
9 III. Scherzo: Lebhaft 5:13
10 IV. Langsam - Lebhaft 7:39
 George Szell Conductor


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NIKOLAI ANDREYEVICH RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

1 

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

15:38
 George Szell Conductor
     
 

SERGEY PROKOFIEV

 

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

 
2 I. Andantino: Andante assai 9:31
3 II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo 4:00
4 III. Moderato - Allegro moderato - Moderato - Piu tranquillo 7:38
 Joseph Szigeti Soloist
     
 

JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

 
5 I. Allegro non troppo 15:08
6 II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso 9:13
7 III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai 5:20
8 IV. Allegro con spirito 9:02
 George Szell Conductor
     
 George Szell Conductor


Album One: George Szell’s Debut Concert with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra. The Star Spangled Banner: Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A minor, Op.92; Smetana: The Moldau; Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser; Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever (Carnegie Hall, New York, July 4, 1943); Album Two: The Star Spangled Banner: Weber: Overture to Oberon; Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A major, Op.90 "Italian"; Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op.20; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue with Eugene List, piano (Carnegie Hall, Jyly 11, 1943); Album Three: George Szell’s Debut Concert with the Cleveland Orchestra: Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride; Quartet in e minor; From my Life Orchestra by George Szell; Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28 (Severance Hall, Cleveland, November 2, 1944); Schumann: Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120, The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra (Carnegie Hall, New York, March 18, 1945); Album Four: Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34, The Cleveland Orchestra (Severance Hall, Cleveland, December 7, 1957); Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19, with Joseph Szigeti, violin, The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra (Carnegie Hall, New York, March 18, 1945); Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.73, The Cleveland Orchestra (Severance Hall, Cleveland, December 28, 1957)
 
Previously un-issued recordings.
 
Szell, perhaps the last of the great aristocratic conductors, was aware of the importance of recordings but also knew that a live performance was a unique and preferable artistic experience. He said in 1965, "I would suggest that perhaps the musical performance that happens only once and is unique is the philosophical sense and unrepeatable where the performer and the community of listeners find themselves in the same space, in the same spot, in one moment and live through one performance with all its hazards and all the grace of the moment it may have..." if some have objected to a perceived dryness or over-calculation in Szell’s commercial recordings, the live recordings in this set show a more spontaneous and dynamic side of his artistry. This volume includes Szel’’s New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra debut concerts and other rare public performance recordings.

Prize of German Record Critics Association - 3d Quarter 2008


“I was taken aback by the high quality of the sound throughout these discs, which is clear and dynamic, giving very few clues to the vintage. Only the Prokofiev shows its age."
 
Bruce Surtees - The Whole Note 



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