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George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra - Beethoven Complete Symphonies & Overtures - Original Jacket Collection (DSD) [2004]
Author: VanPelten

George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Beethoven Complete Symphonies & Overtures
Original Jacket Collection (DSD) [2004]

FLAC | 10 CDs | EAC+CUEs+LOGs | Box Set Artwork, Booklet | Total Time: 622:44 | 2.33 GB
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic | Label: Sony | Country/Year: Japan, 2005 | 5% Rec. Info
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, etc. The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Author: waldstein

Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70; Bedrich Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem;
The Bartered Bride: Overture and 3 Dances - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 449 Mb | FLAC+LOG+M3U | No Cue | Full scans | 3 RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical


George Szell's Dvorák performances feature his customary blend of razor sharp orchestral discipline allied to a wholly idiomatic, singing line. Even more interesting, he takes numerous liberties with Dvorák's orchestration in the Seventh Symphony, reinforcing the violins and woodwinds with horns at several points in the outer movements.
--David Hurwitz
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Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & Op. 72 – The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell (repost)
Author: waldstein

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & Op. 72 – The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 396 MB, 3% recovery | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Complete scans
Publisher: Sony Classical | Recorded: 1963-65 | Published: 2011

The benchmark performance of Slavonic Dances - now remastered!
"Exuberant, elegant and marvelously played ...The charisma of the playing is unforgettable and ...the warm acoustics of Severance Hall ensure the consistency of the orchestral sound." - Penguin Guide
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Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Erich Leinsdorf - Mozart: 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'; 'Posthorn'; Six German Dances (1992)
Author: Designol

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) ~ 385 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb (incl 5%) | 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.
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Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 - Leon Fleisher; The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Author: waldstein

Beethoven: Piano Concertos (complete) & Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503 -
Leon Fleisher, piano; The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 3 CDs | EAC Rip | 888 Mb | FLAC+LOG+M3U+MD5 No cue | Full scans | 10 RS links
Publisher: CBS Masterworks

The benchmark recording of Beethoven Piano concertos with incomparable Leon Fleisher and George Szell.
As one customer form amazon.com wrote: “This is an outstanding recording. Leon Fleischer and George Szell are a match made in heaven. The standouts in this collection are the Beethoven 4th and the Mozart 25th. George Szell was one of the absolute best conductors of concerti. The musicality and ensemble playing are flawless. The recording of the Mozart 25th is the best I've ever heard. Don't overlook one of Mozart's later masterpieces played so flawlessly. This particular work comes off best with a large modern orchestra,like the CSO, as opposed to a smaller ensemble. Great performances!”
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J. Brahms: Symphonies No. 3 in F major & No. 4 in E minor - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Author: waldstein

Johannes Brahms: Symphonies No. 3 in F major Op. 90 & No. 4. in E minor Op. 98 -
The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 2 CD | EAC Rip | 543 MB | FLAC+LOG+M3U+Cue | Full scans | 3 RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical

Szell's performances are very satisfying indeed. His Brahms is robust in strong movements, yet expressive in quiet ones, even if not so deeply embtional as we hear from some conductors. He practically never allows any mannerisms of interpretation... As to the playing, it is very fine; and it is good to be reminded again of this orchestra's soaring violins, its distinguished solo playing, its corporate discipline and rhythm. Very thrilling Brahms. T. H. Gramophone 1973
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Josef Haydn: The Early London Symphonies - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Author: waldstein

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphonies No. 93 In D Major, Hob. I:93; No. 94 In G Major "Surprise"; No. 95 In C Minor, Hob. I:95;
No. 96 In D Major "Miracle"; No. 97 In C Major, Hob. I: 97; No. 98 In B-Flat Major, Hob. I:98 - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell

Classical | 2 CD | EAC Rip | 697 Mb | FLAC+LOG+M3U+Cue | Full scans | 9 RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical


Back from the wilderness of Sony's Essential Classics series, and remastered in nice, clear stereo along with Bernstein's set of Paris Symphonies for this same label, Szell's recordings of the first six London Symphonies represent the ultimate in big-band Haydn. And late Haydn should always be played with a big band: his own ensemble in London numbered some 60 players in a room that held 800. In other words, for one of today's typical concert halls he would have expected a full-sized, modern symphony orchestra, and that's just what he gets here.
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 and No. 6 - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Author: waldstein

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21 and No. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral”; “Egmont” Overture Op. 84 -
The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 353 Mb | FLAC+LOG+M3U+Cue | Cover scans | 3 RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical


George Szell brings classical lightness and drive to Beethoven's early symphony, all the while pointing up the composer's daring formal and harmonic inventiveness.... Szell's Pastorale is one of the great recordings, full of feeling and sinuous beauty. Victor Carr Jr
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Anton Bruckner - Concertgebouworkest / George Szell - Symphony No. 8 in C (Originalfassung) (2001, recorded 1951)
Author: luckburz

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 in C (Originalfassung)
Concertgebouworkest / George Szell
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 134 MB | Full Artwork: 99 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Audiophile Classics # APL 101.556 | Country/Year: UK 2001
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

...A stickler for perfection, Szell could at times seem almost absurdly stubborn, but he always aimed only to get the best results. His great expertise regarding instrumental techniques assisted him in this respect...
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Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & Op. 72 - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell
Author: waldstein

Antonin Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 and Op. 72 - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 334 Mb | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: CBS Odyssey


After a slew of second-rate Slavonic Dances recordings, it's gratifying to once again make acquaintance with this classic Szell reading. Yes, the sound's a bit harsh and shallow, but boy, you just don't find performances as exciting and well played as these every day. Szell conducts enthusiastically and enlivens the music with a natural poetic inflection and nuance, while the Cleveland Orchestra takes to these pieces as if bred to play them. Listen to the delightfully bright woodwind tone in Op. 46 Nos. 1, 3, and 4, the sweetly singing strings in Op. 72 No. 1, the dancing lilt of Op. 46 No. 6, or the beautifully sculpted phrasing of Op. 72 No. 8. Plus, Szell is the only conductor on disc to play the opening repeat of Op. 72 No. 7 after the introductory bars (which otherwise is an awkward "restart" that, in the score or no, makes little musical sense). No matter which Slavonic Dances recording you own (even great ones like Kubelik, and Neumann) you simply must not do with out this magnificent Essential Classics release.
--Victor Carr Jr. classicstoday.com
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