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Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1989)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1989)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1989)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 307 MB | 01:05:21
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Having never liked Mahler's Fifth as much as 1-4 and the 6th, I approached this recording with some trepidation. To my ears, Boulez was too cerebral, Bernstein too hysterical, and Barbirolli too rhythmically loose. But Dohnanyi, one of the most underrated conductors of our time (the others being Chailly and Mackerras) gives here an outstanding performance of the symphony, finding an incredibly valid mid-point between lyrical warmth and muscular power. My one complaint was the second movement, which is not quite as frightening as one might like, yet the way Dohnanyi finishes his phrases and connects the disparate sections of each movement leave one breathless with wonder.

George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra - The Forgotten Recordings (2021)

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George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra - The Forgotten Recordings (2021)

George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra - The Forgotten Recordings (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 575 Mb | Total time: 142:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: SOMM Recordings | # ARIADNE 5011-2 | Recorded: 1954, 1955

SOMM RECORDINGS announces the first release of never before available performances by one of the defining partnerships of modern American music in the specially priced two-CD set George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra: The Forgotten Recordings. Long considered one of Americas Big Five orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra entered its second century in 2018 and earlier this year was hailed by The New York Times as Americas finest [orchestra] still. The Forgotten Recordings features eight historic performances made for the Book-of-the-Month Club in 1954 and 1955 seven of which are first releases that have been restored and remastered by the multi-awardwinning audio restoration engineer Lani Spahr, who also provides extensive and informative booklet notes.

S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, D. Oistrakh - Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56; Brahms: Double Concerto, Op. 102 (2012) [Re-Up]

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S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, D. Oistrakh - Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56; Brahms: Double Concerto, Op. 102 (2012) [Re-Up]

Beethoven - Triple Concerto, Op. 56; Brahms - Double Concerto, Op. 102 (2012)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; David Oistrakh, violin
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 350 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 50999 6 78705 2 3 | Time: 01:10:09

The air on Mt. Olympus must have been something like that in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche when, in September 1969, the threesome of Richter, Oistrakh and Rostropovich joined Herbert von Karajan for this majestic recording of Beethoven’s underrated Triple Concerto. That there could have been such a meeting of the minds in this gathering of greats is difficult to believe, until one remembers that the three soloists were frequent collaborators who all spoke the same musical language, and after years in the trenches knew each other and their conductor very well. As one would expect, the solo work of the three Russians is brilliant and deeply musical. But just as delightful is the way they adjust from solo to ensemble roles and play together, with perfect unanimity, in the duet and trio passages. Karajan and the Berliners provide a monumental accompaniment, weighty, powerful, and rich in tone. The recording, one of the best from EMI in this venue, has been remastered in exemplary fashion and is impressively detailed and vivid.

Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 (2012)

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Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 (2012)

Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 368 Mb | Total time: 74:24 | Scans included
Classical | Diapason | N° 42 | Recorded: 1958, 1961

George Szell owned the First Piano Concerto. He played the opening movement like no one else, and he recorded the work with three outstanding pianists: Sir Clifford Curzon, Rudolf Serkin, and this performance with Anton Fleischer. When I say this is the best of the three, I'm making a tough choice, but Fleischer brings a youthful vigor and rage to the music that complements Szell's fiery accompaniment so well that they sound like they're both performing from the same musical brain.

Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (1998)

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Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (1998)

Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 582 Mb | Total time: 140:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 452 970 | Recorded: 1973

It was George Szell who made the Cleveland Orchestra into a highly responsive virtuoso body, and when he died in 1970 he was in due course succeeded by Lorin Maazel, himself a renowned orchestral trainer. Here is Maazel's first Cleveland recording, notable for a quite outstanding quality of orchestral playing. The strings in particular have a remarkable depth of tone, though they play with great delicacy when it is needed; but then the orchestra as a whole plays with extraordinary virtuosity, tonal weight and exactness of ensemble. If the woodwind have a somewhat piquant blend this suits the music, which throughout is admirably served by Maazel's highly rhythmic, dramatic conducting.

George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra - Schubert: Symphonies No. 8 "Unfinished" & No. 9 "The Great" (1992)

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George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra - Schubert: Symphonies No. 8 "Unfinished" & No. 9 "The Great" (1992)

George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra - Schubert: Symphonies No. 8 "Unfinished" & No. 9 "The Great" (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 70:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SBK 48 268 | Recorded: 1957, 1960

Schubert's two greatest orchestral works on one CD at budget price–if the performances were indifferent this would be no bargain at all, but they are superb. In fact, these versions may have been equaled, but they have never been surpassed. George Szell understood intuitively how to balance Romantic passion with intellectual discipline. In difficult pieces like the Schubert Ninth, he rose to the challenge like an Olympic athlete after a new world record. The recordings he made in his prime with his own Cleveland Orchestra comprise one of the most satisfying legacies in the history of classical music on disc. Within even this impressive legacy, these performances stand high.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella (1985)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella (1985)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 512 Mb | Total time: 50:31+57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca ‎| 410 162-2 | Recorded: 1983

The fairy tale story of Cinderella has always inspired the great theater composers. Rossini's delightful 'La Cenerentola' is an operatic staple while Prokofiev's 'Cinderella' is a fixture on the ballet stage. After the 1940 premiere of 'Romeo and Juliet,' Prokofiev was immediately commissioned to write another ballet for the Kirov. Work on 'Cinderella' was set aside during some of the darkest days of the Second World War but Prokofiev returned to the work and completed it in 1944.

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Erich Leinsdorf - Mozart: 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'; 'Posthorn'; Six German Dances (1992)

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Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Erich Leinsdorf - Mozart: 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'; 'Posthorn'; Six German Dances (1992)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'; 'Posthorn'; Six German Dances (1992)
Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by George Szell, London SO, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SBK 48 266 | Time: 01:14:27

Every major conductor, and most not-so-major ones, comes around to recording Eine kleine Nachtmusik, but not so many do it as well as George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra strings. And let’s face it, you won’t find a period-instrument ensemble that plays with anything like this level of polish. The fact is, Szell’s conception of Mozart was not terribly far from “period” sensibilities: restrained use of vibrato, incisive rhythms, crisp ensemble, lively tempos, but also a welcome degree of warmth to the sound and of course incredible ensemble discipline and some of the best players on the planet. And he had real period instruments, meaning performers who owned top quality old violins and bows, not inferior modern reproductions of them. The result is as lovely a performance of Mozart’s perennially delicious Serenade as we are ever likely to hear.