George Szell: The Warner Recordings, 1934-1970 | Warner 9029526718

George Szell: The Warner Recordings, 1934-1970

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029526718

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 14

Release Date: 30th October 2020

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 'Emperor'
Piano Concertos nos 1-5 (complete)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.61

Brahms, Johannes

Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, op.102
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Dvorak, Antonin

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104
Slavonic Dances: Series I, op.46 B83
» no.3 in A flat major
Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
» no.2 in E minor
Symphony no.8 in G major, op.88 B163
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'

Lalo, Edouard

Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21

Mahler, Gustav

Des Knaben Wunderhorn
» no.1 Der Schildwache Nachtlied
» no.2 Verlor'ne Muh'
» no.3 Trost im Ungluck
» no.4 Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
» no.5 Das irdische Leben
» no.6 Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
» no.7 Rheinlegendchen
» no.8 Lied des verfolgten im Turm
» no.9 Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen
» no.10 Lob des hohen Verstandes
» no.11b Revelge
» no.12b Der Tamboursg'sell

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Alma grande e nobil core, K578
Ch'io mi scordi di te ...Non temer, amato bene, K505
Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gonner!, K383
Vado, ma dove? oh Dei!, K583

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Strauss II, Johann

An der schonen blauen Donau (On the beautiful blue Danube), op.314
Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410
Pizzicato Polka
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op.214

Strauss, Richard

Lieder (3), op.43 'Gesange alterer deutscher Dichter'
» no.2 Muttertandelei
Lieder (3), op.88
» no.1 Das Bachlein
Lieder (4), op.27
» no.1 Ruhe, meine Seele
» no.4 Morgen
Lieder (4), op.36
» no.1 Das Rosenband
Lieder (5), op.41
» no.1 Wiegenlied
Lieder (5), op.48
» no.1 Freundliche Vision
» no.4 Winterweihe
Lieder (6), op.37
» no.3 Meinem Kinde
Lieder (6), op.56
» no.6 Die Heiligen drei Konigen
Lieder (8), op.10 TrV141 (Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blatter')
» no.1 Zueignung
Lieder (8), op.49
» no.1 Waldseligkeit
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), AV150

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1

Weber, Carl Maria von

Oberon, J306
» Overture

Artists

Alfred Brendel (piano)
Pablo Casals (cello)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Emil Gilels (piano)
Bronislaw Huberman (violin)
Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano)
David Oistrakh (violin)
Edith Peinmann (violin)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Artur Schnabel (piano)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Cleveland Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

George Szell

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 'Emperor'
Piano Concertos nos 1-5 (complete)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.61

Brahms, Johannes

Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, op.102
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Dvorak, Antonin

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104
Slavonic Dances: Series I, op.46 B83
» no.3 in A flat major
Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
» no.2 in E minor
Symphony no.8 in G major, op.88 B163
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'

Lalo, Edouard

Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21

Mahler, Gustav

Des Knaben Wunderhorn
» no.1 Der Schildwache Nachtlied
» no.2 Verlor'ne Muh'
» no.3 Trost im Ungluck
» no.4 Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
» no.5 Das irdische Leben
» no.6 Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
» no.7 Rheinlegendchen
» no.8 Lied des verfolgten im Turm
» no.9 Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen
» no.10 Lob des hohen Verstandes
» no.11b Revelge
» no.12b Der Tamboursg'sell

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Alma grande e nobil core, K578
Ch'io mi scordi di te ...Non temer, amato bene, K505
Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gonner!, K383
Vado, ma dove? oh Dei!, K583

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Strauss II, Johann

An der schonen blauen Donau (On the beautiful blue Danube), op.314
Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410
Pizzicato Polka
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op.214

Strauss, Richard

Lieder (3), op.43 'Gesange alterer deutscher Dichter'
» no.2 Muttertandelei
Lieder (3), op.88
» no.1 Das Bachlein
Lieder (4), op.27
» no.1 Ruhe, meine Seele
» no.4 Morgen
Lieder (4), op.36
» no.1 Das Rosenband
Lieder (5), op.41
» no.1 Wiegenlied
Lieder (5), op.48
» no.1 Freundliche Vision
» no.4 Winterweihe
Lieder (6), op.37
» no.3 Meinem Kinde
Lieder (6), op.56
» no.6 Die Heiligen drei Konigen
Lieder (8), op.10 TrV141 (Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blatter')
» no.1 Zueignung
Lieder (8), op.49
» no.1 Waldseligkeit
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), AV150

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1

Weber, Carl Maria von

Oberon, J306
» Overture

Artists

Alfred Brendel (piano)
Pablo Casals (cello)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Emil Gilels (piano)
Bronislaw Huberman (violin)
Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano)
David Oistrakh (violin)
Edith Peinmann (violin)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Artur Schnabel (piano)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Cleveland Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

George Szell

About

George Szell’s commitment to musical truth made him an intimidating figure – even among the other formidable conductors of the 20th century. 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 14-disc 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.

30 July 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of George Szell’s passing.

Born in Budapest in 1897, Szell grew up in Vienna. A prodigious pianist and composer as a child, he later held conducting posts in Germany and Czechoslovakia, and his career in the USA, his home from 1939 to escape the Nazis, was furthered by none other than Arturo Toscanini.

According to author and critic Robert Layton, Szell is ‘A perfectionist with an extraordinary ear and remarkable memory, his performances exhibited great dramatic intensity, an astonishing discipline and fire, a selfless pursuit of musical truth and a complete absence of intrusive interpretative mannerisms.’

Szell’s greatest achievement was his stewardship of the Cleveland Orchestra which he took over in 1946, aged 49. Though the orchestra was the youngest and least fashionable of the American ‘big five’, it was Szell’s aim to make it ‘second to none’, and not only in the US. Hi success was such, it out-ran his death in 1970. As Christoph von Dohnányi observed two decades later: ‘When we give an outstanding concert abroad, George Szell gets a good review’!
    
Though less voluminous than the Columbia ones, the complete recordings Szell made for EMI – now Warner – represent a significant part of his recorded legacy: Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with Schwarzkopf, Brahms concertos with Oistrakh and Rostropovich, complete Beethoven piano concertos with Gilels, Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony

The set also includes the 78rpm era recordings among which the below make their first appearance on CD:
- J. Strauss II - Pizzicato Polka
- Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act 1: Prelude
- Weber - Oberon: Overture
    
As a bonus, the box also includes an audio documentary, George Szell – A Memoir, which features rehearsals with Gilels and interviews with Szell, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and other distinguished figures.

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