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George Szell conducts the Vienna Philharmonic

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Label: VAI

Cat No: DVDVAI4566

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st April 2014



This rare visual document provides an exciting opportunity to see George Szell (1897-1970) conduct the orchestra of the city of his musical roots. It bears witness to Szell’s sublime rapport with the great Vienna Philharmonic and the orchestra’s wholehearted response to his authoritative leadership.

Included in the programme is Variations on a Theme by Hindemith by Sir William Walton, a composer whom Szell long championed. At the conclusion of the performance , the conductor brings Sir William on stage for several bows – a moment of history captured on video.

That so little of Szell’s televised legacy survives makes these performances - taken from 1966 and 1968, with Szell at the height of his formidable powers – of the greatest interest and importance.

- Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
- Walton: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith
Großer Musikvereinsaal (Vienna), December 1968

- Bruckner: Symphony No.3
Vienna Festival, June 1966

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