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George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra – Schumann: Symphonies 1, 3 & Manfred Overture (2001) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Schumann: Symphonies 1, 3 & Manfred Overture – Szell, Cleveland (2001) [2.0] PS3 ISO & FLAC
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:40 minutes | 2,99 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1,55 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1960, 2001 | Full Scans | 3% Recovery Info

These performances remain as great as ever, and the remastering is a source of wonder; if you don’t own these recordings, here’s a rare chance to correct the oversight. Take advantage of it while you can.

Magical and stunning music! You don’t have to spend a fortune going back to vinyl, these SACD versions of 50 year-old analog recordings contain all that warmth and transparency you’re looking for. It’s not about digital vs analog, it’s about superb reproduction qualities with no gimmicks or artificial studio effects.

Szell’s Schumann is a MUST for any serious listener of nineteenth-century music. These discs are not merely an essential addition to a collection: this is the only account of the Schumann symphonies you should have. So why Schumann? And why Szell?

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George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra – Schumann: Symphonies 2 & 4: Weber: Oberon Overture (2001) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Schumann: Symphonies 2 & 4: Weber: Oberon Overture – Szell, Cleveland (2001) [2.0] PS3 ISO & FLAC
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:28 minutes | 2,88 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1,48 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1960, 2001 | Full Scans | 3% Recovery Info

… the recording sounds as though it had been made just last week. George Szell and the Clevelanders render Schumann in the grand manner of the middle of the last century, before the horrendous politically correct, period instruments craze hit the classical world. To anyone who’s heard any of the more “authentic” recordings of the last couple of decades, this may sound somewhat bombastic, but that’s what makes this music so wonderful.!

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Cleveland Orchestra & George Szell – Schubert – Symphony No. 9, D. 944 “The Great” (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Cleveland Orchestra & George Szell – Schubert – Symphony No. 9, D. 944 “The Great” (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 50:23 minutes | 2,41 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Schubert’s Ninth Symphony (“The Great”) was a particular favorite of George Szell. He performed it frequently with the Cleveland Orchestra during his tenure as music director, and it remained a staple of his repertoire throughout his long career. Szell recorded the work twice with the Cleveland. This late fifties Sony recording and the 1970 version for EMI are both revered. While admirers of this conductor may argue that one is better than the other for various reasons, the truth is they are both superb performances and you really can’t go wrong with either one of them. If you collect Szell you will probably want them both.

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Emil Gilels, Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell – Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos (1968) [Japan 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Emil Gilels, Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell – Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1968) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 274:39 minutes | Front/Rear covers | 7,1 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear covers | 3,68 GB

“Emil Gilels stands out as giant among giants”, wrote Gramophone when the Odessa-born pianist died in 1985. “In terms of virtuosity he was second to none, yet his leonine power was tempered by a delicacy and poetry that few have matched and none has surpassed”. Ludwig van Beethoven was at the heart of Gilels’ repertoire and in 1968 he recorded this complete cycle of the composer’s piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and its long-standing maestro, another musical titan of the era, George Szell.

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George Szell conducts Dvorak & Brahms – Lucerne Festival, Vol. III – Bruno Belcik, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Schweizerisches Festspielorchester, George Szell (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

George Szell conducts Dvorak & Brahms – Lucerne Festival, Vol. III – Bruno Belcik, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Schweizerisches Festspielorchester, George Szell (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz  | Time – 01:21:05 minutes | 898 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: audite.de | Digital Booklet | © Audite Musikproduktion
Recorded: Dvořák Kunsthaus Lucerne, August 30, 1969, Brahms Kunsthaus Lucerne, August 29, 1962

 

MusicWeb Review by John Quinn :: Here’s another release in Audite’s new series of archive performances from the Lucerne Festival. The sources for both performances are original broadcast tapes; the concerts were recorded and transmitted by Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) and it must be said straightaway that the sound quality is good and Audite, as they usually do, seem to have made a fine job of the transfer process.
This generously filled disc brings two performances by George Szell, who appeared on several occasions at the festival in Lucerne from 1956; this concert with the Czech Philharmonic was his last appearance there before his death in 1970.

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Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell – Sinfonia Domestica, Op. 53 (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell – Sinfonia Domestica, Op. 53 (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 41:27 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

Part of the wave of great Hungarian conductors who took over American musical life just before and after World War II (the others included Fritz Reiner, Antal Dorati, and Eugene Ormandy), George Szell quickly transformed a middling Midwestern orchestra into one of the nation’s Big Five. His cultivation of the Cleveland Orchestra set an example of discipline and hard work that gradually helped raise the standards of orchestras across America.

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George Szell – Szell Conducts Two Musical Fables (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

George Szell – Szell Conducts Two Musical Fables (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 42:11 minutes | 799 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

This recording of the Kodaly Hary Janos suite is one of the greatest ever made, of any performance in the entire orchestral repertoire, in the history of mankind. The composition itself, the musical execution by Maestro Szell, as well as the technical aspect of recording, all utterly breathtaking.

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George Szell – Brahms: Smyphony No. 3, Op. 90 & Haydn Variations, Op. 56a (1964/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

George Szell – Brahms: Smyphony No. 3, Op. 90 & Haydn Variations, Op. 56a (1964/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:00 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

The time when performers and composers had personal mottoes – Wieniawski’s “Il faut risquer” (I must risk it), Joachim’s “Frei aber einsam” (Free but lonely), Brahms’ “Frei aber froh” (Free but happy) – is long since past, but still such mottoes are more than just biographical curiosities: there are at least two very well-recognized musical encryptions of those mottoes. Schumann, Albert Dietrich, and Brahms put their collective talents together to compose the “F-A-E” Sonata as a gift for Joachim, and, when Brahms came up with his own motto, he decided to use the pitches of its initials – F-A-F – as the motto theme for his Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90.

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Pierre Fournier; George Szell, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Dvorak: Cello Concerto (1962/2014) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Pierre Fournier; George Szell, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Dvorak: Cello Concerto (1962/2014)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 38:24 minutes | 3,03 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:24 minutes | 788 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Source: HDTT | Genre: Classical

HighDefTapeTransfers chose another genuine classic to remaster, and one can hardly argue the importance of this 1961 recording of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104, B.191 from cellist Pierre Fournier ant the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Szell.

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

George Szell – Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Op. 68 (Remastered) (1957/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 42:18 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA Red Seal

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)

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