George Szell: The Warner Recordings 1934-1970

Release Date: 11/6/2020
Catalog Number: 526718
Conductor: George Szell
Number of Discs: 14

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Limited 14 CD set. George Szell's commitment to musical truth made him an intimidating figure - even among the other formidable conductors of the 20thcentury. His uncompromising quest for perfection drew performances of exalted quality from soloists and orchestras. In particular, his long tenure as the Cleveland Orchestra's music director (1946-1970) established it firmly as one of the world's great ensembles. This set encompasses Szell's entire HMV legacy. Beside such iconic recordings as Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder with Schwarzkopf, Brahms concertos with Oistrakh and Rostropovich, and the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Gilels, it includes several items making their first appearance on CD. Among these is an audio documentary which features rehearsals with Gilels and interviews with Szell and other distinguished figures.

 

REVIEW:

 

What could be better than a big box of Szell? This set will be self-recommending for anyone who cares about great conducting. There are some classic performances here, including the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Huberman, the Dvořák Cello Concerto with Pablo Casals, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Schwarzkopf, and the Brahms Violin Concerto with David Oistrakh. Also noteworthy, the remake of the Dvořák Eighth Symphony, Szell’s final recording.

 

– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)

Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Bronislaw Huberman (Violin)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 by Edouard Lalo
Performer: Bronislaw Huberman (Violin)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; France
3. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1883 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1858 ; Germany
8. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
9. Oberon, J 306 by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825-1826 ; Dresden, Germany
10. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Benno Moiseiwitsch (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; USA
12. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvořák
Performer: Pablo Casals (Cello)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895 ; USA
13. 4 Letzte Lieder (4 Last Songs), TrV 296 by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1948 ;
14. 3 Gesänge älterer deutscher Dichter, Op. 43 by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
15. 8 Lieder, Op. 49, TrV 204 (text by R. Dehmel) (version voice and orchestra) by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1901 ;
16. 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blätter, Op. 10, TrV 141 by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1885 ;
17. Lieder (5), Op. 48 by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Germany
18. 6 Lieder, Op. 56, TrV 220 (text by H. Heinrich) by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1906 ;
19. Ch'io mi scordi di te … Non temer, amato bene, K. 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1786 ;
20. Vado, ma dove? Oh Dei!, K. 583 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1789 ;
21. Alma grande e nobil core, K 578 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1789 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner, K 383 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Lieder (4), Op. 27 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Germany
24. 6 Lieder , Op. 37 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
25. 5 Lieder, Op. 41 by Richard Strauss
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
26. (3) Lieder, Op. 88: Blick vom oberen Belvedere, AV130 (wds. J Weinheber: 1933) by Richard Strauss
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
27. 4 Lieder , Op. 36 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
28. Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892-1898 ; Hamburg, Germany
29. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1795 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1793/1798 ; Vienna, Austria
31. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
32. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
33. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
34. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Austria
35. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Austria
36. Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1825-28 ; Vienna, Austria
37. Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Bohemia
38. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886-1887 ; Bohemia
39. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Bohemia
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