George Szell in Europe

May 25, 2018, 9:00 am

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With Fritz Reiner, Georg Solti and Ferenc Fricsay, George Szell (1897-1970) was one of several great Hungarian conductors who deeply influenced the art of conducting in the 20th century. He left Europe in 1939 for the United States, where he had a brilliant career. With the Cleveland Orchestra, which he conducted from 1946 until his death in 1970, he achieved transparency and clarity, as well as an obsessive sense of precision and detail. He achieved the same level of perfection with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Vienna Philharmonic, as heard in these rare concert recordings.