George Szell – Symphony No. 1, Op. 68 (Remastered) (1957/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

(Last Updated On: September 10, 2022)

George Szell – Symphony No. 1, Op. 68 (Remastered) (1957/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:19 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

What can you say about George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra? No other conductor and orchestra has ever turned in performances of such discipline and transparency of sound–not Karajan and Berlin, not Solti and Chicago–no one! In Brahms, where the natural thickness of the orchestral writing is always a peril, they never put a foot wrong. And all of this at budget price, too! Simply amazing.”
(David Hurwitz)

“This is classic George Szell. In fact, this performance of the Brahms 1st takes its place near the top of the heap amongst some very stiff competition: it is a great performance and an excellent addition to any collection, especially at mid-price. All the Szell discipline is on full display here- if you’re looking for the a bit more overt emotion, try Bruno Walter or Otto Klemperer, as they both turn in ectsatic and soulful readings. Szell’s take has a quicker, drier, and more immediate feel to it, but he totally makes it work: in my opinion that goes for just about everything he performed (there was a reason he is known for his precision). The Ormandy performances of the Hungarian Dances are equally rewarding, played with Philadephia’s shining flourish. Classic.”

1-1. George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra – I. Un poco sostenuto – Allegro (12:37)
1-2. George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra – II. Andante sostenuto (09:22)
1-3. George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra – III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso (04:20)
1-4. George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra – IV. Adagio – Allegro non troppo ma con brio (15:59)


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