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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.

Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)

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Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)

Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 376-2 | Recorded: 1955, 1958, 1962

This version of Brahms's massive First Concerto was an instant classic when released in 1962 and recommending it now is still a no-brainer, especially in this effective remastering. Curzon gets to the heart of the music. He captures the high drama of the symphonic opening movement, and his rapt concentration makes a profound effect in the Adagio, famous for his controversially slow tempo. Szell is his equal here, conducting with passion. The way he screws up the tension in the orchestra's opening statement and then, through judicious rubato and a warming of the string tone, makes the second subject come alive is a mini-lesson in great conducting. With Boult, Curzon's Franck is on a similarly lofty plane, and the Litolff is a worthy filler.

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.

Pierre Fournier, Suk Trio & George Szell - Dvořák: Concerto pour violoncelle, op.104, Trio avec piano N°4 «Dumky», op.90 (2020)

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Pierre Fournier, Suk Trio & George Szell - Dvořák: Concerto pour violoncelle, op.104, Trio avec piano N°4 «Dumky», op.90 (2020)

Pierre Fournier, Suk Trio & George Szell - Dvořák: Concerto pour violoncelle, op.104 - Trio avec piano N°4 «Dumky», op.90 (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 330 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 175 Mb | Covers included | 01:11:00
Classical | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

The Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191, is the last solo concerto by Antonín Dvořák. It was written in 1894 for his friend, the cellist Hanuš Wihan, but was premiered by the English cellist Leo Stern. The Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166, (also called Dumky trio from the subtitle Dumky) is a composition by Antonín Dvořák for piano, violin and cello. It is among the composer's best-known works. At the same time it is a prominent example for a piece of chamber music deviating strongly from the customary form of classical chamber music – both in terms of the number of movements and of their formal construction.

RCO Amsterdam; George Szell - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Franz Schubert: Rosamunde (1989) [Re-Up]

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RCO Amsterdam; George Szell - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Franz Schubert: Rosamunde (1989) [Re-Up]

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Franz Schubert: From the Incidental Music to Rosamunde
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; George Szell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 071-2 | Time: 00:59:23

George Szell's Philips Concertgebouw legacy includes some distinguished recordings, with the scintillating Midsummer Night's Dream suite taking pride of place. Few if any rivals can match the ''Scherzo'' (not even Szell's later Cleveland recording is as buoyant or precise), while the Overture is extraordinarily well drilled and the ''Nocturne'', although cool, has a genuine sense of repose. The Schubert Rosamunde excerpts display all the drive and textural clarity that Szell habitually brought to, say, the Great C major Symphony…

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.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, George Szell - R. Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder (1991)

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, George Szell - R. Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder (1991)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, George Szell - R. Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:40 | 310 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7 47276 2

The sublime and moving culmination of Richard Strauss's love affair with the soprano voice, the Vier letzte Lieder are interpreted by Elizabeth Schwarzkopf with insight, wisdom and gentle radiance. In the early years of his career George Szell was mentored by Richard Strauss himself, and he provides Schwarzkopf with an exquisitely sensitive orchestral context for all sixteen songs in this classic anthology.