George Szell

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George Szell (/ˈsɛl/; June 7, 1897 – July 30, 1970), originally György Széll, György Endre Szél, or Georg Szell, was a Hungarian-born American conductor and composer. He is widely considered one of the twentieth century's greatest conductors. He is remembered today for his long and successful tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, and for the recordings of the standard classical repertoire he made in Cleveland and with other orchestras.

Szell came to Cleveland in 1946 to take over a respected if undersized orchestra, which was struggling to recover from the disruptions of World War II. By the time of his death he was credited, to quote the critic Donal Henahan, with having built it into "what many critics regarded as the world's keenest symphonic instrument." Through his recordings, Szell has remained a presence in the classical music world long after his death, and his name remains synonymous with that of the Cleveland Orchestra. While on tour with the Orchestra in the late 1980s, then-Music Director Christoph von Dohnányi remarked, "We give a great concert, and George Szell gets a great review."

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 Symphony no. 9 in E minor op. 95 "From the New World" Dvořák; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1962 Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester h-moll, op. 104 Antonín Dvořák; Pierre Fournier, Berliner Philharmoniker, George Szell 1
1962 Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15 Brahms; Clifford Curzon, London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell 1
1968 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Rudolf Serkin 1
1970 Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 Brahms; Oistrakh, Rostropovich, The Cleveland Orchestra, Szell 1
1982 Symphony no. 4 Gustav Mahler; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Judith Raskin 1
1985 Vier letzte Lieder Richard Strauss; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, George Szell 5
1987 CBS Great Performances, Volume 96: Piano Concertos nos. 21 & 24 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Robert Casadesus, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra 1
1988 Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 4 / Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 25 Beethoven, Mozart; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Leon Fleisher 1
1988 Des Knaben Wunderhorn Mahler; London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 2
1990 "Eroica" Symphony No. 3 Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1990 Lieder / Konzertarien Mozart; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Walter Gieseking, London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell, Alfred Brendel 4 2
1991 Symphony No. 4 / Academic Festival Overture / Tragic Overture Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1991 Symphony no. 4 / Songs of a Wayfarer Gustav Mahler; Judith Raskin, Frederica von Stade, The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, London Philharmonic, Andrew Davis 1
1991 Legendary Interpretations Mozart; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1992 Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1992 Symphonies Nos. 2, 5 Beethoven; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1992 Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 / "King Stephen" Overture Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1992 Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" / Symphony No. 9 "The Great" Schubert; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1993 Symphony no. 1 "Titan" / Symphony no. 10 (Adagio) Gustav Mahler; New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, George Szell 1
1996 Cello Concerto / Symphony no. 8 Dvořák; Pierre Fournier, Berliner Philharmoniker, George Szell, Rafael Kubelík 2
1996 Orchestral Music Richard Wagner; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1996 The Art of Conducting, Volume 4: Beecham - Barbirolli - Szelll Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir John Barbirolli, George Szell 1
1999 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 / Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, Béla Bartók; George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra 1
2001 Piano Concerto no. 1 Brahms; Artur Schnabel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, George Szell 1
2001 Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Beethoven, Sibelius; Concertgebouw Orchestra, George Szell 1
2004 Strauss Valses George Szell 1
Artur Schnabel Plays Bach & Brahms, Volume II Bach, Brahms; Artur Schnabel, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, George Szell, London Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Rudolf Serkin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Smetana: Bartered Bride Dances / The Moldau / Dvorak: Carnival Overture / Four Slavonic Dances Compilation Smetana, Dvořák; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1988 Cello Concertos Compilation Dvořák, Elgar; Pierre Fournier, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, George Szell, Alfred Wallenstein 2
1989 Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos / Mozart: Concerto No. 25 Compilation Beethoven, Mozart; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Leon Fleisher 1
1990 Russian Favourites Compilation Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1990 The 4 Symphonies / Haydn Variations / Overtures Compilation Brahms; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1991 Symphonies Nos. 3, 8 Compilation Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1991 Orchestral Music Compilation Wagner; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 3
1991 Symphonies Nos. 1, 6 / "Egmont" Overture Compilation Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1991 Symphony No. 9 "Choral" / Fidelio Overture Compilation Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1992 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Kodály: Háry János Suite / Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite Compilation Mussorgsky, Kodály, Prokofiev; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1992 Slavonic Dances Compilation Antonín Dvořák; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 2
1996 Piano Concertos nos. 1–4 Compilation Beethoven; Emil Gilels, George Szell 1
1997 Piano Concerto Nos.1 & 2 / Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 / Waltzes Op. 39 Compilation Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Leon Fleisher 1
1998 Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Brahms: Double Concerto Compilation Beethoven, Brahms; Oistrakh, Rostropovich, Richter, Herbert von Karajan, George Szell 3
2001 Grieg - Bizet - Mussorgsky Compilation George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra 1
2001 Mahler: Adagio & Purgatorio from Symphony No. 10 / Walton: Partita for Orchestra / Stravinsky: Firebird Suite Compilation Mahler, Walton, Stravinsky; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
2003 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol Compilation Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
2005 Decca & Philips Recordings 1951-1969 Compilation George Szell 1
2006 The Original Jacket Edition: George Szell Plays and Conducts Mozart Compilation Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; George Szell 2
2010 Symphonies nos. 9 "From the New World" / 8 Compilation Dvořák; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 4 1
Overtures Compilation Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Louis Lane 1

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