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Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 26486   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsFranz Joseph HaydnFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Nathan MilsteinRudolf Firkusny
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 20 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There were occasions during the three decades when the LP record ruled supreme – from the 1950s to the 1970s – when the chemistry between an orchest­ra, its conductor and their record company combined to work a magic that the commitment of long-term recording contracts quite often made possible. Karajan and the Philharmonia; Ansermet and the Suisse Romande; Dorati and the Minneapolis; Münch and the Boston Symphony, Cluytens and the Paris Conservatoire and Previn and the London Symphony are all prime examples of such collaborations. All of these produced recorded performances that are as fine today as they ever were and are all well-represented in the current CD catalogues. Until now there has been one successful recording Read more collaboration that seems almost to have slipped under the radar: the Pittsburgh Symphony, William Steinberg and the Capitol Records producer, Richard C. Jones.

This set of 20 CDs presents virtually everything that was recorded by Steinberg during the seven years that he recorded for Capitol: from the Schubert Second Symphony, recorded on 9 February 1952, to the Italian Serenade by Wolf, from 16 April 1959. There are some exceedingly good performances in this set and the recordings show that Capitol Records were at the technical forefront when it came to sound quality and production values.

The earlier recordings were, of course, made in mono and come up surprisingly well on CD. From 1956 onwards the recordings were made in stereo. There are a selection of recordings, both mono and stereo, that are here being released on CD for the first time.

Also included are the recordings of Strauss that Steinberg and Jones made with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, in June 1957.

Getting to know these wonderful 1950s recordings from a conductor who, perhaps, didn't always get the critical acclaim that was his due, will be an exciting and rewarding experience for any prospective purchaser.
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
2. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
3. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
4. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
5. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
6. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
7. Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
8. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
9. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 8 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
10. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 17 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
11. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
12. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
13. Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
14. Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1924; USA 
15. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
16. Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
17. Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
18. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
19. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
20. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
21. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
22. Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
23. Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
24. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
25. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
26. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
27. Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
28. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
29. Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
30. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
31. Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
32. Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
33. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
34. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
35. Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
36. Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
37. Parsifal: Good Friday Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
38. Götterdämmerung: Trauermusik by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
39. Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
40. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
41. Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
42. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
43. Concerto grosso no 1 for String Orchestra and Piano by Ernest Bloch
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USA 
44. Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
45. Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
46. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
47. Fürstin Ninetta: Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
48. Accelerationen, Op. 234 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Vienna, Austria 
49. Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
50. Kamarinskaya by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Russia 
51. Water Music, HWV 348-350: Suite - no 5, Andante expressivo by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
52. Water Music, HWV 348-350: Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715/1736; London, England 
53. Water Music, HWV 348-350: Bourée by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715/1736; London, England 
54. Water Music, HWV 348-350: Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
55. Water Music, HWV 348-350: Air by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
56. Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 3, Allegro deciso by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
57. Italian Serenade for Orchestra by Hugo Wolf
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
58. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1955 
Venue:  Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 39 Minutes 8 Secs. 
59. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1953-54 
Venue:  Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 36 Minutes 11 Secs. 
60. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1957 
Venue:  Sylvia Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 30 Minutes 26 Secs. 
61. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1957 
Venue:  Sylvia Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 18 Minutes 39 Secs. 
62. Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/09/1952 
Venue:  Sylvia Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 25 Minutes 22 Secs. 
63. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
64. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
65. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1952-56 
66. Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1952-56 
67. Tudor Portraits (5) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 

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